Vision: The goal is to make reproducing disciples after the command of Jesus. (Luke 19:10; Matthew 28:19) The Pastor is a leader and trainer; The role of the congregation is to make disciples. The end result is mature disciples, reproducing disciples. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Mission: As Ambassadors we are to Live, Love and Labor in Christ. We Live by the testimony of our story. We Love God and Love Others. We Labor with an eternal perspective.
We Live by the testimony of our story.
1 John 5:11 – Our personal testimony is unique, and what we do with our story is a responsibility that we must never take lightly. God has entrusted each of us with an opportunity to affect people who watch us daily. Sometimes we don’t know the influence we have, but people watch us—waiting to see if our words match our actions. Our personal testimony is a powerful tool. It is an expression of what God has done and is doing in your life.
We Love God and Love Others.
Matthew 22:37-40 – Loving God with all of our heart, soul, and mind can be wrapped up on one word: Servanthood. Love is not primarily an emotion, but an action. (1 John 3:18) Love is defined by our service and sacrifice to God and then to others.
We Labor with an eternal perspective.
1 Corinthians 15:58 – We need to work out our salvation. There is no part of our lives that should be separated from God. Paul urges us to progress in our lives so that our efforts would be profitable and we don’t labor in vain. We must do our greatest while we are here on earth to bring people to Christ, to bring them to eternal life that they may share in His victory. As Paul, we must always keep eternity in view.
Philosophy of Ministry Statement
As a pastor, I recognize that I am primary a servant of people. I intentionally commit my life to the spiritual success of others to live a better story. I will help them to see that they are Ambassadors for Christ. By this I am directly responsible to God for the lives of the people He has given me to pastor. To those who need help, I will help. To those that hunger for truth, I will feed. To those who hurt, I will care. To those who need God, I will show them Christ.
Here is how I will accomplish this philosophy of ministry.
As a pastor…
My primary importance is my relationship with God. Cultivating that relationship is accomplished through the spiritual disciplines such as prayer, bible study, worship, meditation, times of solitude, and fasting. Therefore, I will make daily times set aside for communion with God through prayer and Bible study. I will also be devoted to read books and listen to other preachers expound the Word. I will saturate my life with spiritual input.
I recognize that I am primary a servant of people.
I understand that I am foremost a servant. I understand and recognize that I am only a pastor by God’s grace, which I do not even remotely deserve what He has entrusted to me.
I intentionally commit my life to the spiritual success of others to live a better story
As a servant, I serve to help others be a success in their spiritual lives. I see my role as an equipper and encourager, someone who can give others the tools they need to live a story that is exciting and victorious.
I will help them to see that they are Ambassadors for Christ
2 Corinthians – As ambassadors we are to go into the world. This calling to be an ambassador for Christ is a lifestyle. It is the way we look at life. It is the way we walk and talk in the world. Our lives do not belong to us for our own fulfillment. People are changed by seeing Christ in new ways in us. Are role as ambassadors for Christ is to set up the encounter so people can experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ.
By this I am directly responsible to God for the lives of the people He has given me to shepherd.
1 Peter 5:2–3 – A pastor serves by guiding and looking after his congregation. A pastor leads them, feeds them, nurtures them, comforts them, corrects them, and protects them. A pastor gives of himself for the health and benefit of his congregation. As a pastor, I seek to give of myself for the spiritual health and benefit of my church. I understand this responsibility and take it seriously because one day I will give an account to the Lord for the ministry entrusted to me.
To those who need help, I will help
This speaks to my commitment to do my best to meet any need that is brought before me. In the areas I feel skilled I will help in a direct and personal way. To those needs that I feel unqualified to help or that other people will be of greater help, I will attempt to point them in the right direction.
Those who hunger for truth, I will feed
2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Corinthians 9:16 – My conviction is that I want to be a preacher, who is bold and speaks truth into people’s lives; I what to preach the Gospel message in a way that transforms lives. I do not want to preach a false or a watered down version of the gospel. I will commit a good part of my working week to Bible study and exegesis to be properly prepared to teach the Bible.
Those who hurt, I will care
James 5 – I feel it is the duty of every pastor to give pastoral care to the sick and the dying. It is a minister’s responsibility to offer their presence and their prayers to encourage and uplift the down-trodden. Therefore, visiting in people’s homes, hospital visitation, the laying on of hands and praying with hurting people will represent my job as a pastor.
Those who need God, I will show them Christ
2 Timothy 4:5 – Paul wrote to Timothy to do the work of an evangelist. No pastor’s role is complete without the commitment to share the gospel of Christ to the lost. I will share the love of God in all my preaching and teaching. The very motivation of my ministry will be to reconcile people to God. Discipleship begins with leading people to the saving work of Jesus Christ, and then urging them on to maturity.