A healthy church is a balanced church and we have in recent days sought to re-discover the purposes of Church so we know what is our ‘business’ and be able to check how is our business. Two passages of scripture inform what our business is.
- ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Worship)This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Service) All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
- ‘go and make disciples of all nations (Evangelism) baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Fellowship) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’ (Discipleship) (Matthew 28:19-20)
The corps is led and organised through the five purposes of worship, fellowship, discipleship, evangelism and service so that what we do serves these purposes.
As a Salvation Army corps we are to glorify God and our first purpose is to worship Him. This comes first before service or anything else. We don’t do it out of any sense of duty but because we want to, and enjoy expressing our love for him.
Out of our worship we must also demonstrate that love for God by meeting the needs of others and by serving others. The needs we are to meet span the spiritual, emotional, relational and physical.
We must not only demonstrate God’s love in service but we must also communicate God’s word. Our mission is to evangelise Medway and to ‘Go’ with the message of Christ’s coming, his death and resurrection and his promised return. Far more than a responsibility, it is our privilege to invite people into God’s family. Our mission statement is ‘To bring Christ to people and people to Christ’ and as long as there is one lost person outside of God’s family we are commanded to go and tell the good news.
We consider that the route to believing and Christian lifestyle is through belonging. Not only is it enough to help people understand the message, they also need to belong to God’s family and be incorporated into the family through membership of our Church, so that the family can provide fellowship for believers.
We firmly believe in discipleship as a journey and we must support that journey of discovery and learning though the process of discipleship. We are about helping people to become more like Christ in their thoughts, feelings and actions and to develop towards spiritual maturity.
If the above is what we do, how do we support all that?
We have 5 purpose groups each with a leader and assistant who are accountable to the leadership team made up of those purpose leaders and the officer team. The aim of each groups is:
Worship - To develop and provide relevant, regular and meaningful worship experiences
Service - To help members find a meaningful place of service that best expresses their gifts and abilities
Evangelism - To take the gospel to the unconverted (using presence, proclamation and persuasion evangelism)
Fellowship - bringing people to Jesus and membership of the corps family
Discipleship - To lead believers and members into deeper spiritual commitment and help in their spiritual development.
We believe a balanced Church will be a healthy Church.