October 26, 2013

Core Values

If you’re thinking about becoming a member of Life Park Christian Fellowship…

What you may want to consider is our core values. We realize that when you become a member of a local church you are investing much of yourself into the work of the ministry there, so it only makes sense to know what that church feels is important. These eight areas are not the only areas that Life Park Christian Fellowship members consider to be very important, but they are certainly some of our top priorities. So what areas are we trying hardest to do a good job in?

Empowering Leadership

Please notice that the first word is empowering not empowered. Yes we believe that Godly leadership is empowered by the Lord, but we also believe that congregational leadership is a team effort. Life Park Christian Fellowship is not a one-man show. There is a constant emphasis on discipling, mentoring, and training new leadership. Life Park Christian Fellowship leaders consider it a vital task to help Christians develop greater degrees of empowerment (2 Timothy 2:2), which according to God’s plan already belong to them.

Gift-Oriented Ministry

We believe that God has already determined which Christian should assume which ministries in the church (1 Corinthians 12:7). One important role of church leadership is to help Christians identify their gifts and integrate them into ministries that match their gifts. When you live according to your spiritual gifts, you are no longer working in your own strength, but in the strength of the Holy Spirit.

Passionate Spirituality

This may seem quite abstract at first thought, but the principle behind it is really quite simple. We believe that faith should be lived out with commitment and enthusiasm. While methodology is important to us, we believe that a church that lives its faith with passionate fervor will experience success with many different kinds of methods. What good is the best engine if the gas tank is empty? We do not believe in inventing strategies to avoid spiritual passion. Paul said, Be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). We believe that part of what this means is passionate spirituality.

Functional Structures

Functional Structures (i.e. committees, ministries, etc.) exist to advance the vision of the church, (which is unprecedented, redemptive care for people). Whatever does not measure up to this requirement is changed or eliminated. In the same way that People were not made for the Sabbath, but the Sabbath for people (Mark 2:27), people are not for our programs, the programs are for the people. Church structures are never an end in themselves, only a means to an end. It is not by accident that traditionalism often hinders church growth.

Inspiring Worship Services

It is our goal that people who attend our worship services find them inspiring and fun. We want people to attend because it is such a wonderful experience that they wouldn’t want to miss it for anything. It is not our intention that our services take on a funeral like atmosphere. The book of Psalms teaches us that God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Rather we believe that the worship of a Risen Savior should be more like a celebration.

Small Groups

The Bible teaches us that the early church met house to house (Acts 20:20). We believe that part of maintaining a healthy church family is providing an opportunity for people to be taken care of in small groups. We want to be big enough to celebrate and yet small enough to care. In our Sunday morning assemblies we want to have an exciting big event celebration. But we feel it is important to have a place where members can experience community, receive practical help, and be involved in spiritual interaction. Small groups provide our mechanism for congregational care and shepherding.

Evangelism

Jesus said, Go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Mark 16:16). Our Vision Statement reads Unprecedented redemptive Care for Potentially Unlimited Numbers of People. We believe that God has called us to share the good news with those who are lost. Many people today feel strange about evangelism because they have experience hard sell and manipulative methods of outreach. We believe that the best methods include redemptive relationships that help assimilate people into the body of Christ.

Loving Relationships

Jesus said that by our love for one another, the world will know that we are His disciples (John 13:35). We want to continue to provide opportunities for the love quotient of our congregation to increase. Love is a magnetic power. It is a fragrance in our congregation that spreads a mysterious scent that few can resist. The Apostle Paul wrote that it is the most excellent way (1 Cor. 12:31). The Apostle John encouraged us by writing Beloved, let us love one another, for love come from God and he who loves is born of God (1 John 4:7).