Seven Guidelines For Growth
One Book - We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and we are to follow what God has revealed to us.
Oneness - Ephesians 4:3-6 says, Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. We are given the privilege to find unity and live in peace because of our faith in God that was made real in our baptism. This is not a call for us to agree with one another on everything across the board, rather it is a call to be able to disagree and still love one another and serve our community by loving the people that God loves.
Openness – For the church to be a place where everyone feels welcome we will strive to have open communication. Since the church belongs to the members, they must know what is going on, and be willing to answer question as to why we are doing what we are doing. The only questions that should be left unanswered are “Who was counseled? What was talked about?” and “Who we helped financially?”
Outreach – If we are not reaching out to the lost in our community, we have failed to act like a family of believers. The key here is to grow in order: First, we must learn to like one another. If we learn to like one another then we can learn to trust one another. If I trust you to love me and accept me then I can be honest without the fear of being judged, and I can grow spiritually. If I am growing spiritually, then I will be on fire for Christ and desire others to come and take part in a relationship with my Savior.
Opportunity for Service - Since this is your church then we all must be involved in the work of the church. Every member must be committed to this body, and dedicate two hours a week to serving God and taking ownership of this church.
Outcome Oriented – We live in a society that is constantly evolving and changing. Our call is to reach out to that community. In an effort to reach them we must constantly see if the methods we are using are still effective. While the Message will never change the way we spread or explain that Message must be relevant.
Ownership – Once again this church belongs to every member. Winning teams always talk in a “we, us” language while losing teams always use “I, them” language. Every member must take ownership and responsibility for the atmosphere, growth, and work of the church.