Our process is essentially our philosophy of ministry. It is looking at the how we have set up our doctrine, how we have set up our governance, looking at our non-negotiable convictions and determining how we are going to thresh them out and practice them.
This is our approach to ministry, and how we seek to disciple and train those who are far away from Jesus to become mature believers.
It all begins with love. Jesus is a perfect example and model of love being displayed to a fallen people. We look to Jesus to follow what he modeled in this way. This means that we pursue meaningful relationships with others not out of selfish ambition but out of selfless love. We understand that we will not establish deep meaningful relationships with everyone but we can love the city as a whole by how we live, serve and proclaim the truth. This is the greatest commandment, to love the Lord and to love our neighbor, and for that reason, this is our greatest aspiration (Matthew 22:36-40; Luke 19:10; 1 John 4:10; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8).
As individuals place their faith in Jesus, we ask them to be baptized as commanded in scripture and also commit themselves to His bride the Church through membership. As they commit themselves to the church we as a church commit ourselves to them as well. Our goal is to disciple and grow mature Christians that in turn go and love others to tell them about Jesus. The church leaders commit themselves to the people through prayer, the preaching and teaching of the word and creating gospel centered community. (Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)
As believers commit themselves to the church through membership, community, prayer and the study of the scriptures, the leaders of the church then commit themselves to training and equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. This means that we help believers understand their spiritual gifts and give a place to practice them. The church also offers further developmental avenues for growth, such as doctrinal classes, community group boot camps and on going leadership/eldership training (Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
As individuals and families are continually being equipped to do the work of the ministry, it is then the duty of the church to commission these individuals to ever-increasing amounts of responsibility within the church. Since we feel called to plant gospel centered churches throughout the region, we must make it a priority to train and commission men for ministry. This is following in the vein of Jesus’ example, who trained disciples and then commissioned them to do his work (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8).