Our Philosophy of Ministry
Our chief objective at Grace Community Church is to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31; Eph. 1:3-14).
It is also our purpose to edify one another, that is, to build one another up toward Christ-like maturity (1 Cor. 14:26; Eph. 4:16).
As well as edification, a parallel purpose is to involve ourselves in evangelism, both local and world-wide (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8).
It is our desire that Grace Community Church always strives to be:
- a place that ministers the love of Jesus Christ to people's needs
- a place where rest and healing are available to those who need it
- a place with a team of spiritual shepherds sharing the leadership
- a place where meeting real needs is more important than maintaining programs
- a place where small-group interaction and fellowship are encouraged
- a place where people are given training and freedom to minister as their Shepherd, Jesus, directs.
Having been led by the Spirit of God to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another, as one body in Christ.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we engage in:
- Studying the Bible and walking together in Christian love;
- Striving for the advancement of the Church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort;
- Promoting the spiritual prosperity of the Church;
- Sustaining its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines;
- Giving it a sacred preeminence in our lives and hearts over all institutions of human origin; and
- Contributing cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministry, the expenses of the church, the relief of the poor, and the spreading of the gospel through all nations.
We also do what is necessary to maintain our personal relationships with the Lord, to educate our children concerning the Lord and His Word, to seek the salvation of our kindred and acquaintances; to walk circumspectly in the world, and to be just in our dealings with all people, faithful in our engagements, and exemplary in our conduct.
We further commit to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember each other in prayer, to aid each other in sickness and distress, to cultivate Christian sympathy in feeling and Christian courtesy in speech, and to be slow to take offense, but always ready to secure reconciliation without delay.