Philosophy of Ministry
Why do we exist? We exist to spread the fame of God. This really is the reason for why everything exists. If God really exists and is the Creator of the universe, then to live for anything else is crazy! When our purpose in living joins with God’s passion to glorify Himself, we naturally spread His fame. What specifically guides us in accomplishing this? The life of Jesus Christ. When people look like Jesus in their character and act like Jesus in their life priorities they naturally spread the fame of God. Why? Jesus lived a life completely trusting in the Father and doing what the Father wanted to be done. Therefore, when people follow Jesus in the way He lived they will spread God’s fame.
How do we see this tangibly working at Grace Fellowship? We break down four dimensions of maturity that help us move people from not connecting with God to being a minister for God.
It is our intention to see people connect with God. Unfortunately, there are multiple barriers (distance, background, misunderstanding, prejudice, apathy, being blind to spiritual truth, etc.) to people hearing and understanding what connecting with God means. So, our “Reaching” priorities aim at helping people address these barriers and encourage them to reach people with the Gospel at whatever stage they may be. We believe it is the privilege of every followers of Jesus to reach his or her friend with the message of the Gospel. It is not the role of the “professional” pastor. Jesus told each of us to “make disciples” who then, in turn, can make disciples.
It is our intention to help the people who call Grace Fellowship home to develop in their spiritual life. We do this by having “Building” priorities throughout our regular programming. The priorities of community (with one another), adoration (toward our heavenly Father), nurture (through the means of grace), and serving (toward one another) are all priorities that we want to see expressed in order to grow deeper in our trust relationship with Jesus. This priority helps people grow in all aspects of their trust in Jesus.
It is our intention to preparing the people of GF to develop a lifestyle of peer care and peer share. We help people at this level to develop a life of caring for peers and sharing with their friends, neighbors, coworkers, and just people in general regarding the fantastic news that the God of the universe has made a way for them to connect with Him through Jesus. What an awesome privilege it is to express the Gospel with people in our lives!
It is our intention to care for and protect those whom God has put under our care. The leadership of GF is committed to giving oversight to the healthy development of all of our ministry priorities. It is the leadership of GF that is always asking in what ways can we maximize our lives with others and program environments that we have at our church to better spread the fame of God.