Philosophy of Ministry

Charismatic Position

All the spiritual gifts are expected to be present and operating in the church community. No one gift is manifested by all believers. Assisting people to function maturely in their gifts and ministries is one of the tasks of the five-fold ministries of Ephesians 4:11. Cell groups are the ideal place to develop proficiency in using the gifts. Those in oversight are responsible to ensure that gift ministries conform to biblical norms. Visiting ministries are expected to submit to the local leaders as they come into the community.

Function of Sunday School

The Sunday School is to supplement the home environment by providing peer fellowship and additional role models for the children. The Sunday School and the Cell groups are to assist the parents in teaching and training their children.

Evangelistic Strategy

Witness is the duty of all. Evangelism is the calling of some and the gift of some. For all we emphasize the possibility of bold witness through work, friendship and caring.

Those who have a desire for particular evangelistic projects are encouraged to carry them out in consultation with the leaders and with the cooperation of others in the body similarly called. Those with evangelistic gifts also provide stimulus and role models for the whole community.

Fellowship Structures

A community is a body of persons who have a common life. The purpose of the community is to sustain and enhance the shared life. Our community aims to provide all that is necessary to sustain the life of Christ in the believers and to express the presence of the Kingdom of God.

Our community life has five components. The first component is the whole body, which gathers at stated times for worship, prayer, and teaching. The second is the Cell groups, which meet at other times for sharing, prayer, Bible study and fellowship. Third is the family, which provides the model of Christ and the church, the sanctuary for the cell group, and hospitality and fellowship for singles, other families and ministries. Fourth is the individual believer who is the living stone being discipled and built up, sharing and being built in and serving and being built upon as the community grows. Fifth is the ministry group composed of those of various gifts who share a common calling to serve in a particular way.

Cell groups are the key to building the community. There true sharing of life and needs can occur in practical as well as spiritual ways. Those who are not involved in Cell groups will be missing basic pastoral care and fellowship. Cell groups meet regularly for meals together.

Family hospitality is the most basic unit of fellowship and always needs encouragement.

Church-wide activities occur regularly as well and Cell groups meet with other Cell groups from time to time.

Inter-church fellowship for various purposes is also necessary to provide a larger concept of the Body of Christ. Acts 4 and 6 are examples of the New Testament church moving to meet needs in this area.

Attitudes to Ethical Issues

The motive forces behind the moral issues of the day are demonic. Therefore our first task is to pray and praise and be holy ourselves (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Our second task is to be salt and light in the city and to reprove and expose the darkness (Ephesians 5:8-14). We will do this as problems arise and according to the wisdom God gives us. Acts 15 provides a method for dealing with such issues.

Size

Size is not significant as long as there is health and strength in all the body and not just excess weight. We will seek to plant other local expressions as the Spirit shows us.