Statement of Philosophy
What makes many Bible believing churches so different is not their doctrinal beliefs but their philosophy of ministry. A philosophy of ministry is to a church what a personality is to a child. We want you to get a good look at what makes The Grove the distinct church it is. The distinctions are given below. It gives the philosophical foundation on which this church was built.
Salvation in Jesus Christ automatically includes a call to ministry. Every believer is reared, saved,called, gifted, authorized, and commanded to minister.
Ministry is the heart of the Christian life. See shape manual. (Matthew 20:28)
Function follows form in ministry. How God made me determines what He intends for me to do. God has uniquely shaped each individual for a specific ministry. Ephesians 2:10
God has given all His children gifts that can be developed and used in ministry. Everyone is a “10” in some area. Everyone has something to offer. Developing and using your gifts is an act of good STEWARDSHIP and of SERVICE.
It’s easier to discover your gifts through ministry, instead of discovering your ministry by identifying your gifts.
The evidence of the right match between my “shape” and my ministry is FRUITFULNESS and FAITHFULNESS.
ABOUT THE BODY OF CHRIST
God save the local church to provide context for ministry.
The Holy Spirit has provided our church body with spiritually gifted people to do everything He wants done. Our joy is to discover, enlist, train, and support these people in ministry.
The church is to operate on the basis of spiritual gifts rather than elected offices. We do not elect people to ministries. “A man’s gift makes room for him…” (Proverbs 18:16
The mobilization of every member of the body of Christ as a minister is the key to balanced growth of the church.
The greater good of the whole body must always take priority over the needs of any single ministry. There is no place for “little kingdoms” in God’s family.
No Silos please.
ABOUT THE ROLE OF PASTORS
The equipping of the members for ministry is the number one priority of the pastoral staff. The people are the ministers and pastors are the equippers. (Ephesians 4:11-12)