As a church we are in agreement with, and committed to one another to restore the church, making disciples, train leaders, plant churches and reach the nations.
Within this mission we see our specific purpose in being called together as an area church as being threefold, to:
To Know God:
To Grow together:
We are committed to grow in maturity and unity,
deepening our relationships with one another,
and within the whole Church of God,
developing a true expression of community.
To Reach Others:
Through Christ's love,
we are committed to reach with the gospel,
especially those who are separated from God and without hope,
those who are hurt or unloved by society,
and to share ourselves with them both spiritually and materially.
Isaiah 49:8-12; Isaiah 58:6-7; Isaiah 58:10; Luke 4:18-19; Luke 5:30-32
Life application of the Bible:
To live in God's Word, and build our faith and practices on New Testament principles.
To live in worshipful devotion to God, expecting to touch, and be touched by, the heart of the Father.
To live naturally in God's power, freely expressing Gifts of the Spirit in loving submission to one another, fulfilling God's work in His way.
To encourage and develop the life of prayer, in order to grow in the knowledge and purpose of God.
To become people who grow effectively in the life and ways of Christ, who acknowledge Him as Lord, not just Saviour, and teach others to live in the same manner.
To be united in the Spirit, with freedom of expression, where people are important, regardless of age or status, with each member and group having individual identity, while recognising and contributing to the life of the whole church family. To have a genuine sense of fun without superficiality.
Grace and truth:
To live in and reflect the grace of God unconditionally every day (not just Sundays!!), whilst speaking the truth plainly, being open and real in all our relationships.
To develop genuine friendships through which to share the love of Christ with the church and the world.
To accept, affirm and encourage each other through prophecy and the laying on of hands, especially in the context of worship and prayer.
To have generous hearts, giving freely of our love, energy, time, money and resources, being available to serve whenever, wherever and in whatever way we are able.
To place the development of character before that of gifting, having teachable hearts, serving God and others without pride. To be vulnerable and open enough to be hurt as well as trusted, willingly making ourselves accountable to others and allowing them to speak into our lives.
Integrity in Evangelism:
To respect the dignity of the individual, trusting in the message and power of God’s love and truth.
To keep our response to God as simple as possible without undue elaboration, to be childlike without being childish.
To recognise and release the genuinely God-given ministry of every member.
To see revival in our time, where many become disciples of Jesus Christ impacting whole communities and nations.
To become a resource church for the kingdom: To establish a large facility acting as a celebration and service centre; To train and equip the church in evangelism, prayer ministry, counselling, working with the poor, the homeless.
To encourage and expect each member to make new disciples, teaching them to do the same.
To grow, recognise and release effective leaders for groups, congregations and specific areas of ministry.
To develop and multiply a variety of small groups under genuinely maturing leadership.
To expose every member to, and encourage involvement in, the purpose of God throughout the nations.
“The Lord says: I am putting on a massive production, with a cast of millions - don't write yourself out of the script. Your have a part to play in history, and there are no understudies!”
Pastor Roy Hackett January 1996