Philosophy of Ministry
The Apostle Paul declared his ministerial responsibility before God, and to man in Colossians 1:28: "We proclaim Him admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ." This is the God-ordained purpose for the man of God who is called to serve as a pastor in the local church.
A church's spiritual health and growth is the natural outworking of growing in grace through our obedient response to the Word of God. Shepherding those who teach and encouraging the development and use of giftedness of all who compose the church through regular personal interaction is a primary focus of the pastor-teacher.
Serving, mercy, giving, encouragement, administration, faith, teaching and all the varieties of spiritual giftedness that God gives are important to our corporate spiritual health and strength. It is our ambition to heed Peter's admonition, "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 2 Peter 4:10).
The Big Picture
As the Word of God is taught from the pulpit and through the various teaching ministries of the church the obedient response of those who compose the church will bring growth in the transforming grace of God. Our spiritual growth will be manifested by an increasing desire to worship God in sincerity and truth. We will also increase in our desire to serve the Lord, within the context of our church. Our motivation for service will be the glory of God, and the blessing of others. Our service to the Lord is an expression of our gratitude to Him. It should be the ambition of every Christian to be useful to the Lord in His Kingdom for the fulfillment of His purposes. The development of godly individuals who as husbands, wives, parents, children, citizens, and employees bring honor to the Lord and blessing to others is the responsibility of those who lead the church.
The Word of God clearly declares the objective of Jesus Christ for every Christian. That objective includes a unity in the faith with other Christians, true knowledge of the Son of God, and spiritual maturity that expresses the fullness of Christ's stature as Lord of His church. We labor to reach this goal through a process sustained by each member of the church as we are established in truth and serve one another. This causes the growth of the body as it builds itself up in love (Ephesians 4:11-16).
The Specifics of the Ministry Preaching and Teaching the Word of God
The first priority for the pastor is the consistent teaching of the Word of God from the church's pulpit. This is the most important element in the pastoral ministry. All teaching, ministry, learning and application are to be centered around the Word of God. The pastor must be diligent in study, faithful to the truth he learns, and enthusiastic in his presentation of the Word of God to the church. The communication of the truth in a way that is accurate, winsome, firm, and clear is the responsibility of the pastor-teacher. We are committed to a ministry of Biblical exposition.
Growing Together Toward Spiritual Maturity
Having established the preeminent place of the Word of God within the church, we must seek ways to benefit from the truth by personally applying its principles and also helping others to do so. As we grow spiritually, we will seek to develop relationships that are characterized by love, wisdom, and hope. As the Apostle Paul says, "And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God." (Philippians 1:9-11).
When our relationships are founded upon interaction where spiritual and physical needs are met, the body is built up, and Christ's character is displayed. This necessitates a sincere commitment to the Lord and to one another.
Strong family relationships and personal friendships, each with a spiritual core are necessary elements in a church's health and ministry, both to those who are saved and those who are lost. We are committed to the development of godly men and women who are able to disciple others toward spiritual maturity in Christ. This is done through the nurturing of friendships that have a spiritual core and a maturing purpose.
We are committed to the development and employment of the spiritual giftedness of each member of the church. This is done through the teaching of the Word and the encouragement and example of those who actively serve within the church. The encouragement of one another to love and good works for the edification of others will enhance every aspect of the church's life and ministry.
We are committed to the development of men who will lead. Homes and churches desperately need men who have the commitment and character to lead and minister to others in a variety of environments. This also is done through the example and encouragement of those serving in areas of leadership.
We are committed to the development of those who can evangelize the lost and to the establishing of a godly testimony among all the church membership within their spheres of influence. Relationships at home, with extended family members, in the community and at work all provide opportunities for sowing the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.