Philosophy of Ministry

Worship

True worship can only occur in an atmosphere where God’s love flows freely. This requires a vital relationship with Christ. We want to celebrate together in the presence of the Lord to make His presence truly felt and enjoyed (John 15:17).

Worship means getting outside oneself and giving oneself to God in whatever way we can. In our approach to God we affirm God’s greatness, followed by the confession of our sins with repentant hearts, and assurance of pardon. Sermons should teach the Word of God and lead us into the experience of vital relationship with Christ. Congregational prayer provides an opportunity for the congregation to respond to God – in praise and adoration, as well as in supplication.

Involvement of the congregation in worship is encouraged in special music, scripture reading and other acts of worship. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated once a month. We are open to new ideas that will contribute to our worship and the life of our congregation. Christmas and Easter are highlights of celebration with much participation from the congregation

Discipleship

God’s promises become real in our lives when we trust and abide in Christ as our Lord (2 Cor. 1:20, John 15). All we say and do should be based on the Word of God, and stand on the teachings of Christ (Matt 28:20).

Each member has gifts which are required for the edification of the whole body (1 Cor. 12:7). The role of the Pastor is largely one of equipping the saints (the members) for ministry. The congregation should be continually challenged to be actively involved in the work of the Body (Eph. 4:11, 12).

Christian Education is important for the purpose of establishing a solid knowledge of the Word of God, and leading people into a true relationship with Christ. Only when Christ becomes real does Bible knowledge begin to have true value. We see Christian Education as an important priority for all ages.

Christian Education is a task of the elders and any member of the congregation that has the talent and knowledge. It is the pastor, as an elder who should provide leadership. Christian Education starts with pulpit education and from the pulpit it should develop further in Small Groups, Discipleship groups and Bible study groups. These Christian Education groups should be developed for all age groups.

Retreats in various forms (family, couples, men, women, youth, and congregation), can be a valuable part of our education program.  Social activities also help to bring our members into a living relationship with one another, and are actively encouraged.

Evangelism

Jesus entrusted us with the task to go into the world, preach the good news to all people and make disciples of all nations, with His promise being that He will always be with us (Matt. 28:19-20).

The evangelism efforts of the congregation are coordinated through the Local and Global Missions Ministry Team; however, evangelism cannot be left to one person or committee. This is a vital work of ministry for all members and groups within the Body of Christ.

The most natural forms of evangelism occur when members have a living relationship with Christ, and when they share the basis of the “hope that is in them” with those they interact with on a daily basis. Periodic training in personal evangelism will be an important aspect of our ministry.

Our worship and all our organizations should be seeker sensitive. In all that we do we will ask the question “How does this build the Body of Christ and, how can this be used to reach the un-churched?”

Leadership

We hold a democratic form of government – guided by the Word, the Holy Spirit and the Book of Church Order of the R.C.A. (which defines the roles and responsibilities of the Pastor, Elder, Deacon, Communicant member, Baptized member and Adherents within the church).