▪ Worship: God-centered, corporate and individual, a means of focusing on God, a way of life. As we come together to worship God in the freedom of His Spirit, we encounter His presence and become more like Him. Worship includes, but is not limited to singing and music. It can also be expressed through any of the creative arts. Worship as a lifestyle can also be expressed through the work that we do on a daily basis. As we learn to worship Jesus, we take on his character and join him in hearing and doing the Word of God.
▪Bible Teaching: The scriptures are God’s teaching and instruction to us to guide our faith and our actions. The Holy Spirit uses the Bible to check our motivations, shape our characters, and draw us into relationship with God. We provide clear, accurate biblical teaching which produces sound doctrine and active life application. We build our life upon God’s Word.
▪ Discipleship: Jesus led and taught His disciples through close personal relationships. We will also focus on raising up mature Christian disciples through mentoring, training, and coaching relationships. Spiritual disciplines also provide avenues to “hang out” with Jesus and open ourselves to the Holy Spirit for healing and growth. Ministry training enables us to grow in the power of the Holy Spirit as we practice serving each other. These result in healthy, mature people who reproduce both Jesus’ character and His ministry.
▪ Ministry and Service: Jesus commissioned his disciples to perform the same ministry that he did. As we submit to Jesus’ authority, he also commissions us to ministry and to serve others through the power of the Holy Spirit with the gifts of the Spirit in operation (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and Ephesians 4). Ministry includes praying for healing for the sick and hurting and expecting God to provide signs and wonders just as he did in New Testament times. Service includes serving each other and our community emphasizing the poor, widows, orphans, and those who are broken and hurting.
▪ Prayer and Intercession: Prayer is simply communication with God. It is bi-directional. It is not just a way to get God to do what we want. It is God’s way of engaging us in what he is doing. Intercessory prayer is seeking God on behalf of others. Right now, Jesus is interceding on behalf of us all, asking God to grant his will in response to our prayers. Any request made in Jesus’ name, or under his authority, is granted. Because God supplies his power in response to our prayer, great breakthroughs can be achieved through prayer.
▪ Community and Fellowship: The same relationship bonds that connect a person to Jesus also connect him with other believers in a church community. The Bible describes community as an active, join participation with others in a common spirit of sharing. This shared participation culminates in the Lord’s Supper, the sacrament of the unity of the church, symbolizing many are one in Christ. Numerous activities throughout the year facilitate building relationships and living out the authentic Christian life together. Community Groups are the primary way that we develop close relationships. Community Groups provide a safe setting to ask questions, grow spiritually and practice using the spiritual gifts. Unity in Christ also extends to the whole Body of Christ, including relationships with other local churches.
▪ Evangelism and Outreach: We as the people of God, participate in the mission of God to bring God’s love to the world and extend his rule and reign around us. The kingdom of God is the future rule and reign of God breaking into the present through the life and ministry of Jesus, bringing healing (physical, emotional, and social), effecting justice, and delivering those held captive by evil. Our objective is to share the benefits of what we have received from God with others by reaching the unsaved and unchurched in our community with the Gospel.
▪ Systems, Facilities and Infrastructure: Planning and relational systems as well as organizational structure is mandated in scripture for the successful execution of God’s mission for the church. Our objective is to pray for God’s direction, to plan prayerfully, and then to execute those plans. Successful communities and relationships require systems that define how we relate to one another. Thus, the administrative office located in our main building will serve as the headquarters for the active life of the church. It will facilitate permanent staff, part-time staff, and the community of ministers and ministry teams that will utilize those facilities and resources for the ongoing work of the church.