All of our methods are the things that we do to help us accomplish our mission.
Our MISSION confirms our VALUES, which drive our METHODS, which equip our congregation to accomplish our VISION. In light of our mission, we must ask the question – “how do people most commonly grow in their faith” and “how can we structure our ministries around those faith-building dynamics?
After evaluating my own personal faith journey, I have discovered that while it was ultimately God who grew people’s faith, there are essentially 5 “dynamics” in which He has done that in our different lives. In other words, I identified 5 ways that I feel God most commonly grows people’s faith.
The following are those dynamics:
•Practical Teaching – When our acts of faith intersect with God’s faithfulness, our faith grows. From Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish builders, we find that hearing and learning are not enough. The value is in the application. Because in the end, it’s obedience that makes all the difference. Most people do not remember their first exposure to the Bible, but they do remember the first time they “understood” what was being taught from the Bible. Most people desire to live out their faith as explained in the Bible, but struggle with making it applicable. Our desire at UR Assembly is to make the words that God has given us applicable and life giving.
•Christ Centered Worship – The goal for our weekend worship experiences is to make people want to come back and take the next step in their faith. We believe that worship is a faith catalyst that connects the heart of men with the desires of God. Worship is an outward expression of our faith in God.
At UR Assembly it is taught that worship is not only what we do on Sundays, but what we do all week.
•Private Disciplines – I have found that there is a direct correlation between a person’s private devotional life and his or her personal faith. When God speaks to us personally through His Word or answers a specific prayer, our faith is strengthened.
Therefore, our most emphasized area of ministry is discipleship through developing private disciplines. Our Life Track teaches new, and current believers how to pray regularly and effectively. It also teaches believers how to read God’s Word and receive from it.
•Relational Evangelism – Sharing your faith with others is one of the biggest steps in the life of a Christ follower. Our personal relationship with Christ is vital for our faith, but sharing our story is essential for growth. It is my desire to see every believer identify “their story” and be confident and ready to tell it to others.
Our Life Track process teaches new and established believers how they can convey the gospel of Christ through their testimony.
•Personal Ministry – One of the primary ways God grows our faith is through personal ministry. All people were created by God to make a difference in this world. I desire to help everyone find their place in life so they can use their unique abilities and passions to touch the lives of others. As you might expect, you will not find this list anywhere in Scriptures. This list is simply a result of what I have experienced and observed. While I make no effort to make this list complete, I do feel that they are the five things that most often surface when people discuss their faith journey.