In January 2018 Pastor Jonathan Burgio, on his first Sunday as lead pastor, introduced the process on which our church will focus.
Our Process: Love, Serve, Lead
We create an atmosphere for others to love God and to love people. We help encourage others to serve God and to serve people and we develop others to lead people to God.
Love God, Love People
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NLT). We believe the best entryway into our church is through our Sunday worship experiences where people can encounter the love of God. These services will emphasize people joining connect groups where we cultivate and strengthen our love for others. The majority of our resources will go to our Sunday services and connect groups because they influence the largest percentage of people.
Serve God, Serve People
We can not truly serve others unless we first love them and we cannot truly serve God unless we first love Him. Jesus said, “I came not to be served but to serve others” (Matthew 20:28 NLT). We provide many ways to serve God and the people in our church, in our community and around the world. We do this by opportunities to volunteer at church, our Summer Fun Carnival, Slime-Time, and a multitude of humanitarian efforts around the world.
Lead People To God
Only once you have become a servant can you truly lead. “But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,” (Matthew 20:25-26 NLT). We provide training and opportunities for people to share their faith with those around them. We do this by creating a church where it’s easy to invite people, holding regular outreaches in our community and hosting missions trips. We also provide leadership training so that each person has the opportunity to learn to lead in accordance with their abilities.
Our Goal: Give people a reason to come to church.
We want to give people a reason to come to church so that they can Love, Serve, Lead. Our Church has many well-functioning aspects that help to develop faith, bring healing, teach theology, and to give comfort, encouragement and more. When people visit our church, they have a better opportunity to encounter God.
Together we will work hard to give all people, of all faiths, of all ages reasons to come to church. The message we give will bring encouragement and give practical advice for living a more fulfilling life. Our music will be excellent in quality, and invite the presence of God. Our hospitality will give a love you can’t find anywhere else. Kids Church will provide a fun, safe environment where children beg their parents to come back. Our youth, young adults, men’s and woman’s groups will create environments that excite people to attend.
Remember, in all we do we want to give people a reason to come to church so they can encounter God. We want to give our guests a reason to return, our children a reason to come, our volunteers a reason to serve and so on. Keeping this in mind, we plan services, themes, and upgrades. Our overall process will help us to stay focused on the correct path.
We cannot compete with organizations like the NFL, Netflix, and other billion dollar budgets. However, we can give people something those places cannot. We will be authentic in showing the love of God, giving people a reason to come to church.