We believe that the biblical partnership between church and home, which is offered in what is commonly called the Family-Integrated Church model, affords a greater potential for a more effective implementation of the Great Commission – both in witnessing to the world, and in making life-long disciples.
1. God's Glory is the chief end of man, and Christ is to be continuously exalted as the only Savior of the world.(1 Cor 10:31; Rev 4:11)
2. The Bible is God’s Holy Word to man, and is the final authority for faith and life. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
3. Spirit-led heart-level transformation in the lives of each Christian takes place through the promotion of and regular instruction in the Gospel. (Rom 12:2; 2 Cor. 3:6,17-18)
4. The Gospel is God’s means for making Christ visible to the surrounding community. As such, the Gospel can be promoted by living out the Gospel and sharing our faith through regular and intentional acts of service and hospitality. (Mt 5:16; Rom 1:16, 12:13; 1 Thes 4:9-12; 1 Peter 4:9)
5. The Church is a unique, redeemed, born-again people that God has called out to declare His Glory on the earth. (Eph 3:10-11; 1 Peter 2:9-10)
6. The family is the basic unit of society, as well as God’s intended “incubator” of healthy and responsible members of church and state. (Gen 2:18-24,7:1; Acts 5:42, 16:15,31-34)
7. God has ordained unique roles for men & women in Scripture. (Eph 5; Col 3)
8. Marriage is the core family relational dynamic and is to be a picture and a reflection of the love relationship between Christ (the Groom) and the Church (His Bride). (Eph 5)
9. The Church and the Home are to be in partnership with one another, and act in complementary roles to fulfill the Great Commission through both discipleship and evangelism. (Eph 2:19-21; 1 Tim 3:5,15)
10. Fathers/Heads of Households should be intentionally equipped by the church so that they are able to disciple all those within their home; engage their children in the life of faith; lead their family in active ministry; and prepare their children to equip their children in the years to come. (Gen 18:19; Deut 6:1-9; Joshua 24:15; Psalm 78:1-6; Eph 6:4)
11. While a significant role of the church is to equip fathers to disciple their own children, elders/pastors do have a shepherding role to foster the discipleship of every member of their local church. In the case of absentee parents, or single adults, shepherds should encourage the families to engage them in family activities, include them in ministry and discipleship opportunities and/or assume a mentor’s role in their lives, so that in all areas of church life, mission and discipleship, no person is neglected.
12. Each local church has both the freedom and the responsibility to pursue the mission and mandates of church and home as they believe will most glorify God and fulfill the commands of Scripture. (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5)
As a local church, we do not consider this model a mark of fellowship. We do realize that there are Christians or new parents that need assistance with smaller children. We do offer assistance via a separate nursery and junior church by an approved church member with the hope of full family worship in the future. Family Worship is the goal to the glory of God.