Our Mission

Churches today expend great amounts of energy and resources pursuing success. However, not everyone agrees on what success in the church looks like. Multitudes of books have been written in an attempt to help pastors and church leaders define success and build successful churches. Interestingly, there are almost as many ideas as to what success looks like as there are books on the topic!

Many contemporary leaders in evangelical churches equate success with the numeric increase of the congregation. These leaders believe growth in size is one of the primary evidences of spiritual success. They contend as long as the church is growing and people are coming, they must be doing something right and God must be pleased or else He would not be blessing them.

Other evangelical leaders equate success not so much with size but with accomplishment. As long as “programs” are organized and carried out effectively and things are running smoothly, the ministry is succeeding. Effective outreach strategies for ministry in the community, number of foreign missionaries supported, social ministry to the poor and hungry, and programs to entertain or minister to the families in the membership are all benchmarks by which many contemporary churches measure success. 

Some evangelical churches even equate success with mass evangelism and will do almost anything to get more decisions. Sadly, at the end of the day, many who make decisions in these churches are nowhere to be found as healthy growing disciples.

In the midst of all of this confusion, what will help Grace Baptist Church achieve Biblical success in the eyes of God? How will we avoid the pitfall of pursuing the wrong kind of success and thereby end up missing God’s design and desire for His church?

The answer is amazingly simple. Grace Baptist will only succeed if we accomplish the goals and objectives God has set for His church. Furthermore, not only must we accomplish the right goals and objectives, we must strive to reach them in right ways. God clearly identified His mission for the Church in His Word.

Since Biblical success is measured by how well a church accomplishes the right mission in the right ways, getting the mission right is one of the most important things you need to understand as you connect with our church family.

We believe God is the only One who has the right to set the mission for Grace Baptist, and we believe He has given us very clear and direct statements which leave no question about the nature of that mission.

Identifying Our Mission

One New Testament book that explains God’s mission for His Church is Acts, in chapter 2 verses 41-47. Here God reveals what He desires to accomplish through a group of people He has redeemed, forgiven, and formed into a body called the Church.  What God desires to accomplish in His people, we have made our mission. Our mission is to help God’s people grow in five ways. God wants us to…

1. Grow Stronger Through Worship

“And they continued steadfastly… in the breaking of bread and prayers (Acts 2:42)....  So continuing daily with one accord in the Temple  (Acts 2:.46)..… Praising God” (Acts 2: 47).

The church in Acts was a worshipping church. Worship is expressing our love for God. When God is worshipped, we begin to see Him for who He is. All powerful, all knowing, everywhere active and present. When He is magnified, He becomes a big, big focal point in our lives. When God is magnified our problems, issues and situations become minimized. This results in the strength we need when we encounter those inevitable “bumps in the road”. 

2. Grow Broader Through Ministry

Ministry is demonstrating God’s love through service. Service is a willingness to inconvenience ourselves by reaching out to others in order to help them with a need or other practical matter.  In the book of Acts this was demonstrated by…

“..all who believed were together and had all things in common. And sold their possessions and goods and divided them among all, as anyone had need”. (Acts 2: 44-45)

3. Grow Warmer Through Fellowship

As Christians, we are called to belong not just believe. We are not meant to live “Lone Ranger” lives. We are to belong to Christ’s family and be members of His body. The result is a genuine warmth and love for fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Notice how they went…

“breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness” (Act 2:46)

They hung out and did things together.

4. Grow Deeper Through Discipleship

The Church exists to edify or educate God’s people. Discipleship is the process of helping people become more like Christ in their thought, feelings and actions. It is the Church’s responsibility to develop people to spiritual maturity. For this reason, the main focus of Grace Baptist Church is the ministry of the Word.

“And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine…” (Acts 2:42)

5. Grow Larger Through Evangelism

The Church exists to communicate God’s word. We are to be ambassadors for Christ. It is every Christians responsibility to share the good news of God’s love wherever we go. When we are faithful to this task,  we will see what God does.

“And the Lord added to the Church daily those who were being saved”.  (Acts 2:47)

Our Mission can summarized as follows:

Grace Baptist Church exists to bring people to Jesus and Membership in His family, develop them to Christ-like Maturity, and equip them for “their” Ministry in the Church and life Mission in the world in order to Magnify God’s name.

This means at the end of the day it will not matter how big our church gets, or how many decisions we can point to, or how many programs we have developed and implemented. If we have not glorified God and caused others to come to right opinions about Him then we have failed.