Church planting is the best way to reach people with the gospel and provide the structure in which new believers can be taught all that Jesus has commanded. We will therefore continually seek to identify, mentor, equip, and send out lay church planters. We will also continually be involved in domestic and international church planting projects.
(Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Timothy 2:2)
Because we believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, we practice systematic exposition in our preaching ministry. That means we preach verse by verse through sections of the Bible in order to faithfully proclaim "the whole council of God" to His people.
Practice Biblical Worldview
Christianity is not merely a religion, it is also a lifestyle, a philosophy; a worldview. We are to think biblically about every aspect of our lives. It is only through filtering our life choices using the Word of God as our filter that we will understand, develop, and practice a Biblical Worldview. We believe members must filter their life choices through the Word of God and in doing so we will glorify God in this World.
(Romans 12: 1-2; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6, Colossians 2:8; 1 Peter 1:14-16)
The church is not a building, but a community of believers. As such, we are to live in fellowship and community with one another. We must do more than just occupy pews near each other on a weekly basis to call ourselves a church. We also believe the New Testament gives us clear teaching that Biblical Converts (Regenerate Believers) were a part of Christian Community. We do not believe that a true convert of Christ will live a life apart from the community of Christ – His Church. Community is demonstrated through active membership participation and small group involvement.
(Matthew 18:15-18; Romans 12:3-18; Acts 2:41-47, 4:32-35, 6:1-7; Hebrews 13:17)
Christ Exalting Worship
The New Testament has surprisingly little to say about worship styles. However, one thing is sure, we are to engage in Christ exalting worship through praying, preaching, Scripture reading, singing, giving, honoring and obeying God (John 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-20; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 3:16.) We will not be interested in being "Contemporary" or "Traditional"; our mission is to exalt Christ. We will value hymns and praise choruses as they draw us to worship in spirit and truth.
Seek Regenerate Church Membership
Our goal is not to grow as fast as we can. Our goal is to grow as healthy as we can. We are very deliberate in our membership process. Every member will be carefully counseled to determine whether or not they truly understand and have experienced Biblical conversion. Our goal here is not elitism. We simply wish to avoid giving false assurance to those who are not truly regenerate. Our mission is not to get as many people to "walk the aisle" as possible. We desire to see true conversion. We constantly proclaim and explain the gospel and take our time with people struggling to understand what it means to follow Christ. (Romans 2:23, 5:8, 10:9-14; Ephesians 2:1-10; Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 6:46; 2 Corinthians 13:5). We are especially careful with children and would never manipulate or rush any child.
(Matthew 18:6; Mark 9:42; Luke 17:2).
We Practice Congregational Church Government; Which is Pastor Led, Leadership Team Represented, and Deacon and Ministry Team Served
There are three basic forms of church government: Episcopal church government (a single bishop at the top of a hierarchy), Presbyterian church government (a synod or presbytery governing a group or denomination), and Congregational church government (no governing body above that of the local church). We believe that the church should be governed congregationally. All of our decisions are made locally. Within that context, we have a leadership team that supports the staff by providing input, conducting research, and reviewing financial decisions to ensure proper accountability in all areas of church life. We Practice Compassionate Church Discipline. Although Church discipline is a foundational doctrine in Baptist history, it is now almost non-existent among “contemporary” Baptists. If we truly seek to honor God and care for the well-being of His people, we must obey Christ’s commands to practice Church discipline. When practiced biblically and compassionately, it is a powerful tool to restore the fallen, avoid meaningless and unholy conversation, maintain unity in the church and preserve Christ’s honor in the church and among the unbelieving world
(1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Ephesians 5:3-13, Matthew 18:15-20).