I. Mercy Ministries
We envision developing Mercy Ministries so that we are able to
biblically, effectively, and efficiently meet the not only spiritual needs of
the congregation but the practical needs as well. We envision accomplishing
this church-wide through a deaconate ministry.
Galatians 6:9–10 (ESV) “And let
us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not
give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and
especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
We will ascribe to the priority that Scripture gives us of
ministering first to those of the household of faith. This will happen as men
and women are trained, equipped, and informed as to how to best help those in
our midst who need the assistance of others in the meeting of practical needs.
II. Leadership Development
We envision the intentional development of leadership that is
qualified for the various ministries of the church. We envision this happening
through personal and group training opportunities.
Philippians 2:4–7 (ESV) “Let
each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of
others. 5Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6who,
though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be
grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in
the likeness of men.”
No church will prosper without those who are willing and
qualified to serve as leaders. It is our desire to not only assure the success
of Grace in this present moment but to train those who will envision a future
for this church and submit themselves to all that is necessary for their
leadership to be exercised to the glory of God.
We value each individual being encouraged to pray as part of their
personal spiritual disciplines.
We value the discipline of prayer and the sharing of praise for
III. Numerical Growth
We envision 2012 being a year of numerical growth for GCC. We
envision this taking place through equipping our people to share their faith in
Christ and through various other means.
Acts 2:44–47 (ESV) “And all who
believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling
their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any
had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in
their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their
number day by day those who were being saved.”
We believe, as Scripture teaches us, that it is the Lord that
grows the church. But concurrent with that belief is the understanding that we,
the people of the church, are many times the means that God uses to bring
others into the church. Therefore we envision 2012 being a year where we as a
church body will encourage each other to do what we can and should do to grow
our church numerically.
Romans 10:14 (ESV) “How then
will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to
believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without
IV. Global Missions Awareness
We envision a church that is fully aware and informed about God‟s work in
missions around the globe. We envision the church becoming more closely
acquainted with Dave and Mindy Nelson as well as other international
Psalm 66:1–4 (ESV) “Shout for
joy to God, all the earth; 2 sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious
praise! 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that
your enemies come cringing to you. 4All the earth worships you and sings
praises to you; they sing praises to your name.”
Faith has to always look like something or as James said it is
likely dead. A vibrant faith will likely result in a life that is stewarded for
the glory of God especially in the work of His church. We will, by the grace of
God, work together to train, equip, challenge, and encourage each other to
courageously use all that God has given to us in a way that demonstrates that
the wisdom of God has penetrated our hearts and minds.