There are two basic principles that guide our ministry
- The Church is at the center of God's redemptive work during this
age, and God has revealed an administration for the Church (Ephesians
- Every aspect of Christian ministry (evangelism, discipleship,
missions, theological education, theology, etc.) needs to find its
identity and purpose in building up the Church and to align itself with
the revealed administration.
On a large scale, the administration of the Church
organically links what historically has been seen as the universal
Church and the local church. From a New Testament perspective, the term
church is used interchangeably for both entities. So, aside from
Western individualism, which is so pervasive in the Church, the Church
functions in a spiritually connected state of local and global
representation. The global Church is made up of local churches. Local
churches are parts of the larger, global body.
Within this global and local organism, every function
of the Church is addressed in the revealed administration of God.
Briefly, this concept informs the above "institutions" of Christianity
in the following ways:
Missions and Evangelism: Missions is the
multiplication of local churches, not just the multiplication of
individuals. Local churches have an obligation to network and support
the ongoing sending of apostles (missionaries) for expansion into
unreached areas and to provide a living testimony of Christ's love in
their own local geographical area.
Theological Education: The context of
theological education must be the multiplying and establishing of local
churches. In that way, character, skills, and academics are integrated
into a hands-on, apprenticeship type training and development under a
qualified and proven minister of the gospel within a community context.
Theology: Theology has become
institutionalized. It must be returned to the activity and sphere of
local churches, and not as a field of Christianity delegated to scholars
in institutions. For theology to become fresh, engaging, and applicable,
it must again return to the living and ministering local church.
Discipleship: Discipleship is not a one-on-one
function, but is a community exercise, building upon the strength of
families, not just individuals, and is shepherded by a qualified team of
spiritual leaders. Discipleship prepares all Christians for an active
and integrated individual, family, and community walk and service to God
and His people.