Philosophy of Ministry
Philosophy of Ministry is just a fancy term for how we do church. If you are curious about how we structure ministry at The MCC, this page should help answer your questions!
What are our Goals?
Our over-arching desire is that Christ would be exalted through our lives and ministry. God has placed Christ as the head of the Church and we want to proclaim His supremacy over the world and The Master’s Community Church. Christ is exalted as we give ourselves fully to discipleship, fellowship, outreach and prayer (Acts 5:31; Col 1:15-18; Phil 2:5-11).
God has called His people to Christ and enabled them with spiritual abilities for influencing a lost world toward Christ. To this end, we intentionally train each Believer to lead a lifestyle of ministry in discipleship, fellowship, outreach and prayer. Your good works in the Name of Christ will cause many to glorify our great God. (Eph 4:11-13; 1 Pet 4:7-11; Matt 5:13-16).
What Do We Value?
Since the our aim is to have a joyful attitude as we submit to God’s will as revealed in Scripture, the MCC is committed to expository preaching, most often through studies of individual books of Scripture. We interpret the Scriptures as the special Revelation of God, inerrant and inspired in every part.
Plans not executed effectively will always fall short. That’s why we have adopted a strategy used by the ‘Navigators’ to ensure that every area of Christian ministry is addressed. Practically this looks like each quarter of the calendar year has a specific focus. We’ve found this keeps our ministry approach balanced.
A Balanced Calendar
The MCC Discipleship ministry stands on three pillars: study, stewardship and service. As we together investigate God’s Word and apply it to our lives we can follow Jesus with devotion—and help others to do the same. Yet, we also wish to be a community of people who maximize the resources God has entrusted to us. We thus challenge each other to live for eternity with out time, talent and treasures. Finally, we are struck by Jesus’ teaching on greatness—it requires a servant’s heart (cf. Mk 10.35-45); toward this end we seek to use our spiritual giftedness to serve the church and our fellow-man. We are aware that we have yet to reach the level of commitment that is appropriate for those who have received God’s commitment in Christ. Since we all have such a long way to go, why not come mature with us!
Every believer and every Evangelical church desires to see God use them to draw people to Himself. This is normal Christianity (Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 4:5-6), and the MCC is no different. We structure our ministry such that Outreach takes center stage in the summer months, a time when it is natural to engage neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. Our adult Sunday School (Equipping Hour) and home groups (Master’s Community Groups) organize training and events to help us share the gospel individually and corporately. We keep each other accountable to prioritizing evangelism, and assist one another in sharing Christ in our businesses, communities, and families.
The goal of the fellowship ministry of the MCC is to display God’s glory through an assembly of redeemed people who ‘live out and proclaim’ His work of salvation in us. The MCC has a high view of Biblical fellowship and recognizes the centrality of this doctrine in the life of the believer and the local church. Fellowship is much more than church events or activities. The doctrine of Biblical fellowship has it’s foundation in the finished work of Christ on behalf of His people. As believers, we enjoy a unique bond in the spirit that those outside of Christ cannot experience. In light of this truth, we look for ways we can contribute to church ministry and build one another up in our relationships, our gatherings, and our worship.
Prayer is one of the primary ways that God has ordained not only to establish our relationship to Him, but also to maintain that vibrant connection to the Lord on a daily basis (Isa 55:6). Prayer is also a significant act of worship that demonstrates our dependence on Christ and submission to His sovereign will (Psalm 34:17-18). We endeavor to spend a good amount of time in prayer during each of our worship services; coordinate prayer-walks; prayer-drives; fasting; intercession for missionaries, government/world leaders, and our own church family; we designate a week of prayer each year.