Faith Reformed Church
Mission, Vision, and Ministry Summary 2016
The mission of FRC is to live more and more fully into Christ’s command to make disciples who are intentionally committed to the lifelong process of becoming more like Him. In short, we are “Becoming more like Jesus each and every day.”
The vision of FRC is to make disciples in this world according to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28:19-20,
- by preaching and living out the Gospel in the power of the Spirit among those who have not believed;
- by incorporating new believers into the community of His followers called the church by means of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper;
- and by instructing all believers in the faith and practice of the church, as made evident in the Word of God and summarized in the Reformed Confessions.
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus in this world? We believe that members of FRC must be committed to the following core values, which as a whole direct the efforts of the leadership in engaging, equipping, encouraging and empowering the church to live out its mission.
- Confessing the Faith
Not only a formal declaration, we expect our members to regularly confess both their sin and their trust in Jesus as Lord. This is a central aspect of our corporate worship, but also something to be done individually beyond the walls of the building. It is, in effect, continually preaching the gospel to one’s self, and submitting one’s self to its demands.
- Engaging the Word
We expect our members to be regularly spending time in study of the Bible in order to grow in wisdom and stature before God and others. Attending to the means of grace requires sitting under the preaching of the Word, but group studies, formal classes, family worship, and personal devotions are of great value in spiritual development as well.
- Practicing Prayer
We believe that disciples are people who have an experiential relationship with Jesus Christ that consists not only of his speaking to them through the Word, but also in their response to him through prayer. We expect each member to pray for one another and for the world around them in regular worship times, in dedicated prayer meetings with the community, and in their personal and family lives.
- Serving the Church
We believe that every member has been granted gifts of the Holy Spirit to be put into practice in service of the community. We seek to identify, call out, inspire, and create opportunities for each one to use his or her gifts. We expect our members to be willing to sacrifice of their time, talent, and treasure for the building up of the body, that the world may know that we are Jesus’ disciples by our love for one another.
- Living the Mission
We expect that the members of FRC will live and speak in the world around them in a way that brings honor and glory to Christ, building relationships that are intentionally seeking the lost and winsomely sharing the gospel, and ultimately inviting others to participate in the community of the church. We also believe that as a church it is important to engage in global mission, and we strive to identify and support various efforts to bring the gospel to the ends of the earth.
Adopted by FRC Consistory on 16 August 2016.