“We are the body of Christ called to be Jesus in our neighborhood, in our city, and beyond.”
The driving ministry priorities for the next ministry season are two-fold:
1. Developing Christlikeness in all believers through teaching and discipleship that helps people to grow in their abiding relationship with Christ in a way that transforms them increasingly into Christlikeness. Our priority will include developing a clear pathway for people to identify where they are in their spiritual walk and specific ways that they advance in their spiritual development.
2. Leadership Development promotes the ownership of the ministry by the body of believers. We will collectively create a pathway for developing leaders and identifying people to participate in ministry development.
Our overall strategy for achieving our ministry priorities are: Worship, Service, and Join a Ministry Group. Each ministry area support this strategy by helping our people to grow closer to God in worship, through serving others in an outside of the church, and by being in Christian community.
We desire to promote the contextualization of ministry to our local community. Each community is unique: the needs, the culture, the assets and the challenges. A deep knowledge of the community’s context, through participating in daily life there, allows us as the church and its leaders to customize teaching and ministry activities to the greatest Kingdom impact. It will also allow the church to be more responsive and agile to their circumstances within our respective environment.
We desire to release pent up capacity to own and lead ministry. We believe that giving greater responsibility to our people, the result will be more people who are willing and able to serve and lead. Promoting more servant leadership helps people identify and develop spiritual gifts and supports the spiritual growth and development of our people in Christlikeness.
We desire that FBC Thorp Spring be organized in a way that it can move forward and multiply in a healthy way and not be dependent on one leader. This includes establishing the necessary structure, leadership, financial and governance models to sustain this church body far into the future. Ministering in our local context and building the capacity of local leadership are key components of sustainability.