Our highest value and first commitment is to the corporate and public worship of God (Matt. 22:37). We read and proclaim the infallible Word of God, pray, sing and practice the ordinances of the church through Baptism and Communion.
We seek to fulfill the command of our Lord in making disciples (believers in Jesus Christ who are growing in Christian character, commitment and service) through personal evangelism and support of global missions (Matt. 28:19,20).
Prayer is our first commitment in reaching out to the lost of the world for Jesus Christ, and for empowerment for daily living.
As we serve one another by loving our neighbors (Matt. 22:39), we show that we value people more highly than programs.
Each member of the body is given spiritual gifts that are useful in ministry, and we attempt to train and empower each to use their gift to build up the body of Christ (Rom. 12:4-8).
The priority of the pastor is to prepare every member of the body to serve (Eph. 4:12) while leading worship, preaching the Word of God, and providing leadership and training in ministry.
Under Christ, the head of the church (Col. 1:18), the congregation has final decision-making authority, but releases its many individual ministries to make decisions within the group.
Spiritual habits are modeled by leaders and encouraged among all in the body as a personal lifestyle of holiness.
Small groups for adults and age-specific ministries for children and youth will be encouraged as places to learn ministry skills, grow in Christ and experience true fellowship.
We desire fewer committees who direct the work, and will encourage more ministry teams who actually do the work of the church.
Recognizing that in our rural church setting we cannot do everything, we must evaluate our activities according to the purposes of the church. We will concentrate our efforts in those areas that are most effective.