MISSION & VALUES

WE ARE CALLED BY GOD TO BRING HIM GLORY AS WE EQUIP ALL HIS PEOPLE TO FAITHFULLY FOLLOW JESUS FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD A REPEATED OPPORTUNITY TO BE RECONCILED TO GOD. 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

GOD

God is above us. Everything we do is directed towards Him: His mission above our own; His Word above our word; His action for us through Jesus Christ, above our actions for Him. When God is above us, His glory is our main goal; the Word of God is our standard for all things; His Gospel is at the center of all our pursuits.

ALL OF GOD'S PEOPLE

We believe that God desires to accomplish his purposes through all of his people. This means that every person in our congregation is vital to God's work in our locality. The other-Bible believing churches in our area are essential as well. 

LEADERS THAT EQUIP

We believe that the purpose of leadership in the church is to equip its members to do the work of ministry. The measure of leadership's effectiveness is whether the congregation is living out the life and mission of God. 

SCATTERED

We believe that while itis important to gather to worship together, the church is most effective when it is also scattered, living out God's mission in their everyday life.

VALUES

If we are going to be faithful to our mission and guiding principles, we must have the following values demonstrated in the lives of our leadership and congregation:

INTIMACY WITH GOD

We would regularly spend time with God in His Word and in prayer.

THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

We would live our lives in obedience to the Spirit, giving evidence to our relationship with God and distinguishing us from the world.

SPIRIT-GIFTEDNESS

We would know how the Spirit of God has gifted us and actively use our gifts.

SHARING THE GOSPEL

We would regularly build relationships with non-Christians for the sake of sharing the Gospel with them. We also steward the relationships we already have for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel.

GENEROUS WITH ASSETS

We would be open-handed with our time, possessions and finances for God's purposes so that our lives would show "it is more blessed to give than to receive."

BELIEFS

 

PRIMACY OF GOD

 

The goal of all of life is to bring glory to God. This is why we and all things were made. There is only one God, and this one God exists in three distinct, separate Persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same essence, equal in power and glory. 

 

We place primacy on God because He is the source of all life and the goal of our existence. 

 

 

PRIMACY OF SCRIPTURE

 

We believe that the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are the written Word of God. They alone carry the authority of God and are the only certain, infallible, and sufficient rule in all matters of faith, saving knowledge, obedience, and life.

 

We place primacy on the Scriptures to govern all matter of our lives and the life of our church.

 

 

PRIMACY OF THE GOSPEL

 

All men and women have transgressed the Law of God. We were born into sin through our parents, Adam and Eve, and we have also disobeyed this awesome, all-powerful, holy and glorious God. Therefore, God must punish everyone who sins against him. 

 

The Gospel means, "good news." This good news is that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world. Jesus perfectly obeyed all of God's demands that we have broken. He was crucified and buried. He suffered the undiluted wrath of God. He did this not because He deserved it, but because we deserved it. Jesus died in our place. He was our substitute. If we believe in Him and are united with Him in His death, we will be forgiven since Jesus has suffered the punishment we deserved. 

 

We place primacy on the Gospel because it is the only way we, as sinners, can be at peace with God.

PRIMACY OF GRACE

 

All men are sinners. Anyone who commits sin becomes a slave to sin. Our sin is nothing short of spiritual deadness. Since we are spiritually dead, we cannot make any effort to approach God. Dead people can't do anything. Therefore, itis all placed in the balance of God's sovereign grace. God must take the initiative in saving people in Christ because left to our efforts, we would not come to Him. This is why salvation is so frequently referred to as a gift in the Bible. It is a gift because we can't do anything to earn it, but we receive it as a gracious gift of God given to us through the death and resurrection of Christ. 

 

We place primacy on the grace of God since it is the only hope for a fallen world.

 

 

PRIMACY OF THE LOCAL CHURCH

 

God is calling His people out of the world and forming them into a spiritual family through the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the people of God come together in a locale they form the local church. The local church is God's primary instrument for fulfilling His mission in the world today. 

 

Committing ourselves to local churches should be normal for Christians. In a local church, we are changed by the preaching of God's Word. In community, we sing praises to our Savior with other redeemed sinners, we participate in the ordinances of the New Testament (baptism and the Lord's Supper), and share fellowship with other Christians. All of these of these aspects are crucial to living for the glory of God. 

 

We place primacy on the local church since this is God's plan for His people. 

 

LEADERSHIP

 

GRACE FELLOWSHIP HAS FOUR ELDERS, EACH HAVING A VARIETY OF COMPLIMENTARY GIFTS, WHO SEEK TO LEAD TOGETHER UNDER THE AUTHORITY AND HEADSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST.

None of the elders at Grace Fellowship has more authority than the other, but instead, they aim to mutually submit to and empower one another to lead where they are most gifted. This provides a high level of accountability, cultivates humility and trust, and gives confidence to the body to know that the elders must collectively be convinced of God's will for the church before acting.

INTERDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP

At Grace Fellowship we believe in an "Interdependent Leadership" model. God gives the gift of leadership to the Church and calls a plurality of elders with complementary abilities and functions to serve Him collectively to equip God's people to carry out His purposes in the world (Eph. 4:11-12). The primary metaphor to describe the New Testament Church is the "body", comprised of individual members serving as differing parts (1 Cor. 12:8-27) with Jesus as the only appointed "Head" of His "body".

 

We also see this model of leadership established in the very nature of our Triune God (1 Cor. 12:4-7); three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) with three distinct roles, acting in complete interdependence with one another. Interdependent Leadership is not only biblically grounded in God's design for his body, and modeled by His very nature, but it also emphasizes the heart that God desires for His leadership (Matt. 20:20-28).

WE BELIEVE THAT INTERDEPENDENT LEADERSHIP, COLLECTIVELY LEADING OUT GOD'S MISSION FOR HIS CHURCH, CAN MORE COMPLETELY MOBILIZE AND DISCIPLE THE BODY TO CARRY OUT ITS DESTINY IN THE WORLD.

OUR LEADERS

MIKE CONROY

Pastor | Elder

JOE JOHNSON

Elder

MIKE MADDEN

Elder

JEREMY BOECKER

Elder

ROGER SHERWOOD

Elder

DAWN MADDEN

Secretary

DARRAH STREDNEY

Sexton

PAIGE JOHNSON

Nursery Coordinator

KARA HAILS

Education Coordinator

KAY O'BRIEN

Deacon

TAD AND EMILY KONESKI

Middle School Youth Leaders

MONTANA HRICKO

Girls' High School Youth Leader

CRAIG BUTLER

Deacon

DAVE EASTMAN

Deacon

BOB PETTIS

Deacon

DAVID NOVAK

Deacon

GRACE FELLOWSHIP

EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD

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