PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

Acts 20:27-28 "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.


Our philosophy of ministry is grounded in a belief and trust in the biblical means of grace. By means of grace we do not mean every instrumentality which God may be pleased to make the means of spiritual edification (though God is certainly free, by his mere good pleasure, to draw a straight line with a crooked stick). By means of grace we intend to indicate those institutions which God has ordained to be the ordinary channels of grace to the souls of men. To that end, Christ has given to the church ministry, revelation, and ordinances of God for the gathering and perfection of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world and does, by His own presence and Spirit, according to His promise, make them effectual thereunto (WCF 25.3).


God has established his Church in the world and endowed it with the ministry of the Word and the ordinances of Baptism, the Lord's Supper, and Prayer (WCF 7.6); in order that through these means, the riches of his grace in the gospel may be made known to the world, and, by the blessing of Christ and the working of his Spirit in them that by faith receive them, the benefits of redemption may be communicated to his people: wherefore also it is required of us that we attend on these means of grace with diligence, preparation, and prayer, so that through them we may be instructed and strengthened in faith, and in holiness of life and in love; and that we use our best endeavors to carry this gospel and convey these means of grace to the whole world.