Proverbs 29:18 emphasizes the central importance of vision for a ministry that reflects God's priorities: 'Where there is no vision the people perish…'. This passage is commonly seen in terms of modern, market place vision statements. However, the emphasis here is specific and different. It could be translated: 'Where there is no revelation (God's Word and will revealed) the people scatter (lose their way)' or 'Where there is no revelation the people cast off restraint' (NKJV). In other words, the vision of ministry is always to be based on what God has revealed. It is centered on the teaching of Scripture. The Word provides the 'vision' for how we are to serve and the direction we are to take in ministry.
The following is a brief summary of what we believe to be the essentials for ministry.
1. The centrality of the Word - We believe in the sufficiency of Scripture.
We seek to teach the Scriptures in an accurate and understandable way so that Christians are equipped for ministry and a life that honors Him, and so that non-Christians can understand God's love for them. (Ephesians 4:11-16; I Timothy 3:16, II Timothy 4:2, Hebrew 4:12)
2. The centrality of Christ - We believe in the sufficiency of Christ and Christ centered worship.
Worship is to permeate every area of life. We emphasize living all of life before His face, in humble gratefulness. (Romans 11:36 & 12:1, 2; I Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 1:16-18).
3. The centrality of grace - We believe in the sufficiency, simplicity, and clarity of the gospel.
We emphasize grace as the basis of our relationship with Christ. We desire to be clear and keep it simple to understand. Salvation is by grace alone in Christ alone, apart from any works we perform, completely undeserved (Romans 11:6). The same grace that brings salvation is sufficient to enable us to serve Christ effectively (Titus 2:11,12 & II Cor.9:8).
4. The centrality of prayer - God is the source of all of life.
We are dependent on Him for all things. Therefore, prayer is primary to all of life. (I Thes.5:16-18; Phil.4:6, 7)
5. The centrality of missions - We emphasize going, sending, and supporting in world missions.
Our prayer is to increasingly support the spread of the gospel around the world. We emphasize the training and support of national missionaries as well as sending missionaries from our own congregation. We believe we are all sent to share the gospel. (John 20:21, Matthew 28:19, 20)
6. The centrality of family - We emphasize family integrated ministry.
The family is a basic building block of society and of the church. The contemporary family tends to be fragmented at home, at school, and in personal pursuits. We want to help keep parents and children together in worship and ministry. We want to equip families to learn to worship and serve together. We desire to provide a place to belong - family - for those who are single and do not have family. Youth ministry is not a separate entity with its' own identity, but an integral part of the family and church family. (Deut.6:4-9 & Eph.5:22-6:4)
7. The centrality of love motivated service.
We desire for God's love to be the motivation and goal of all we do in ministry. Our prayer is that we receive it, reflect it, and extend it to all. May it permeate and make effective all we do. (I Corinthians 13; I Corinthians 16:14; II Corinthians 5:14, 15)
8. The centrality of financial integrity - We emphasize a debt free ministry, careful stewardship.
In a culture in which people find it hard to save or wait for purchases, and are bound by debt, we believe it is important for the church to set a different example. We believe it is wise to save and trust God to supply funds for ministries and buildings. The provision then helps confirm God's direction and honors His name as 'the God who provides'. The construction of the first tabernacle and temple are examples of God's provision for facilities through the gifts of His people prior to construction (Ex. 36;2-7, I Chron.29:1-9). Numerous Proverbs, and Christ's parables related to money and wise stewardship, are some of the biblical reasons we seek to operate debt free. (Prov.3:9,10; 10:22; 22:7 & Matt.6:19-21, 24; 25:14-30).