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Philosophy of Ministry

Purpose: The purpose of White Oak Baptist Church is to glorify God by making disciples who know God personally and worship Him enthusiastically; who apply Biblical truth to daily living; who generously share their lives and resources; and who are burdened, equipped and seeking to reach the world for Christ.

Product: A disciple is a believer who is in a process of becoming more Christ-like in attitude, action and lifestyle; choosing a ministry of service to others; actively pursuing Christ’s mission — to make disciples and seeking in everything to glorify the Father.

Philosophy of Equipping and Equippers

1. The Pastor/Teacher’s role and commitment is primarily to give direction, train leaders, teach the Word and be a model disciple. He will empower leaders to perform
ministries rather than assume responsibility wholly to himself.

2. The role of our lay leaders is to model discipleship, to grow in their own ministry skills and to equip the rest of the congregation for ministry.

3. The church member’s role and commitment is to grow as a disciple, to be trained to use his/her gifts and to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to directly minister to
Christians and non-Christians. The church will encourage and empower gifted individuals to be creative, proactive, need oriented, making disciples wherever they are and will grant permission and give resources whenever possible.

4. The church will recognize servant gifts as being equally important as leadership gifts in building a healthy, disciple-making church.

5. All staff, policy makers and group leaders must be growing disciples committed to the church’s philosophy of ministry.

6. Leaders will be recognized by considering both character and giftedness.

7. All leaders of church ministries will take part in ongoing leader training to constantly improve the gifts God has given them.

Philosophy of Church Programs

8. The purpose of every activity of our church is to produce and further develop disciples. Every activity will be evaluated by its effectiveness in producing disciples, and will modify or discontinue activities that ineffectively do this.

9. The primary method of making disciples is the small group. One-on-one approaches to discipling are valid, sometimes necessary, but only as a secondary method for most in our church.

10. While disciple making is done within the walls of the church, the church affirms and encourages making disciples beyond the walls of the church; wherever people are.

11. Small groups and other ministries will be offered at multiple commitment levels to develop sequential growth for disciples.

12. Evangelism will focus on specific groups as well as using a general approach.

13. The Adult Sunday School will be a key outreach and assimilation point for the church, as well as a place for fellowship and teaching.

14. While making all ministries warm and accepting of newcomers, the primary function of worship services will be true worship and proclaiming the Word.

15. The function of the deacon’s ministry will be to model God’s redemptive purpose in Christian living and service, giving insight and guidance in all area of the church as needed in partnership with the pastor/teacher as we care for and nurture the congregation in accomplishing the church’s mission.

16. The details, responsibility and authority of all ministries will be delegated to leaders of those ministries. Accountability will be maintained through leadership training meetings and normal disciple-making channels.

17. Whenever possible, the use of ministries, task forces and discipleship structures will be used rather than boards and committees to make decisions and do ministry,
seeking to minimize policy makers and maximizing the number of persons doing ministry.

Philosophy of Methods and Principles to Help Us Best Make Disciples

18. At all times, there will be an intentional strategy to accomplish each aspect of the church’s purpose.

19. Discipleship will be accomplished as a team, as a church, but not just as a collection of independent individuals.

20. The church is committed to the principle of multiplication of ourselves by evangelizing, discipling, training and delegating ministry to others who are faithful.

21. The church will multiply ourselves and train others using the method of apprenticeship.

22. Reasonable accountability is an indispensable method in making disciples.

23. Evangelism and outreach are the starting points and indispensable catalyst to all disciple making.

24. The church will promote the belief that the church’s most important identity and ministry takes place primarily beyond the walls of the church; in the community; in the workplace; in the world that we encounter.

25. The church’s organizational structure and leadership styles will flex and change as the church moves through our life-cycles as a church.

26. The church will embrace change when it allows for us to reach the objective of making disciples and reaching the un-churched world for Christ.