- The movement of our relationship to God – corporate worship and each believer’s life of devotion (Luke 10:27, Psalm 100).
- The movement of our relationship with other believers – fellowship, nurture, community, training in Christian discipleship (Hebrews 10:23-25, Luke 10:27, Galatians 6:2, II Timothy 2:2).
- The movement toward the world – outreach to unbelievers, mission to various human needs (II Corinthians 5:17-20, Luke 10:27-37, Matthew 28:18-20).
Each of these movements is significant and important to a well-balanced Christian life. Taken together, these movements define our ministry, in which our primary goal is to bring glory to God.
We believe that the work of the ministries which facilitate these three movements is primarily the responsibility of the laity. This is God’s plan (Ephesians 4:11,12). This type of service is the key to the healthy growth of the body and of the individual believer. The pastor’s primary call is to equip believers for such ministry
We believe that leadership within the church is primarily of a spiritual nature. Both clergy and lay persons of giftedness, wisdom, prayer, and spiritual maturity are confirmed by the body to lead the church (I Timothy 3:1-13). Leaders are gifts to the church given by the Risen Lord (Ephesians 4:7-13) and are to be trusted to lead (Hebrews 13:17). However, Biblical leadership is first and foremost marked by an attitude and practice of servanthood which is sensitive to the needs within the body (Peter 5:1-15, II Timothy 2:23-25).
We believe that the employment of a staff of gifted ministers is an appropriate investment in leadership to help equip the body pursue effectiveness and excellence in fulfilling its mission.
We believe that the organizational form or structure of this church best conforms to the principles of Scripture when it allows the church to function as God calls it to do so, to adapt to changing needs and situations, and to reflect its cultural context whenever possible (Acts 6:1-7).