Factors that Shape Life and Ministry in the Local Church

Teaching/Preaching

  • Exegetically informed
  • Grace-oriented; gospel-centered; Christ-focused
  • Theologically Coherent – Generally Reformed
  • Diversity on Minor Issues – i.e. eschatology, creationism, gifts,

Corporate Worship

  • God and gospel-centered
  • Diverse stylistically
  • Celebrative and reflective
  • Blend of ancient and contemporary forms
  • Participatory not performance
  • Informal but ordered

Leadership

  • Modeling godliness and love
  • Theologically informed
  • A passion for God, for the church, and for the lost
  • Sacrificial and serving
  • Humble and deferrin

Evangelism

  • Everyday by everyone
  • Relational and Strategic
  • Relevant and Considerate
  • Prayerful and patient
  • A dance not a war
  • A process not an event

Small Group Relationships

  • Accepting and affirming
  • Committed to Community
  • Transparent and forgiving
  • Growing in grace and knowledge

Ministries

  • Committed to Serve Others
  • Mercy-oriented
  • Teamwork
  • Mission-oriented
  • Excellence and effectiveness
  • Accountable to the Leadership
  • FAT people (Fathful, Available, Teachable)
  • Involving others

Stewardship

  • Care for physical property
  • Fiscally responsible
  • Generous
  • Grace-giving
  • Pursuing Quality and excellence

Lifestyles

  • Biblically informed
  • Empowered by Grace
  • Ruled by love
  • Pursuing Holiness
  • Non-judgmental
  • Deferring to others

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