The mission of One Family Church is to bring people and God together in love. You are invited to lead in this exciting mission! We’ve based our mission on Jesus’ prayer in John 17:20-23:
“I do not ask for the [disciples] only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:20-23
At One Family Church, we believe in empowering and equipping men and women to become faithful and effective leaders by helping them develop their gifts and talents, and by assisting them to grow in knowledge, faith and obedience to Christ.
“He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ . . . . Ephesians 4:11-12
Church leaders and those in spiritually sensitive roles are held to a higher standard, because they provide an example for the entire church family. They demonstrate through their lives what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Below you will find the expectations for leaders and those involved in spiritually sensitive roles at One Family Church. As we mature in Christ, we find that these expectations do not restrict our lives -- rather, they liberate us to lead transformed lives of strength, power and purpose. Following Jesus (i.e., discipleship) is the first requirement for leaders. As such, these expectations align with our M.A.T.U.R.E discipleship framework as described below.
These expectations apply to anyone who serves in leadership at our church, and anyone performing spiritually sensitive roles in our church, including: Staff members, Ministry Council members, Trustees, Life Group leaders, Dream Team leaders, Worship Team Members, Prayer Team Members, and any other Dream Team members who are providing training, teaching or other spiritually sensitive service to our congregation.
MEMBERSHIP & NEXT STEPS
As a preliminary matter, all leaders and those involved in spiritually sensitive roles must join the family by becoming members of our church and complete all four sessions of Next Steps.
Reason: For One Family Church to be a healthy, vibrant and growing community of Jesus followers, we all need to be on the same page with respect to mission, vision, values and beliefs. We should be focused on the same thing, speak in unity and with one accord. Our church cannot be a source of unity in our community if it lacks unity within itself.
Jesus said, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Mark 3:25
In addition to membership and Next Steps, individuals in these roles are expected to demonstrate a mature Christian faith. We have defined the markers of a mature Christian faith using the acronym M.A.T.U.R.E.
1) M STANDS FOR MEDITATION & PRAYER
All individuals in these roles are to maintain a disciplined life of Bible reading and prayer.
Reason: For our church to advance Christ’s mission, its leaders need to have a healthy and vibrant relationship with God. We must draw near to God daily in our Bible reading and prayer in order to hear from him as he directs our steps.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night. . . . Joshua 1:8
Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
2) A STANDS FOR ATTITUDE & BEHAVIORS
Everyone in these vital roles must strive to develop the attitudes & behaviors that please God by seeking to uphold the highest moral standards in thought, word and deed.
Reason: None of us is perfect. We all stumble from time to time. However, a Christian leader is a person who demonstrates the highest level of commitment to obeying God’s will. When we fail, we seek forgiveness, and change course in obedience to Christ. Those we lead are looking to us to be examples in our moral conduct. Our leaders commit to:
Sexual fidelity: As leaders, we develop a mindset of sexual fidelity, avoiding lustful thoughts or behaviors, and avoiding sexual contact with anyone other than our married spouse of the opposite sex in accordance with the scripture. Leaders may not cohabitate with their sexual partner, unless married.
Interpersonal harmony: As leaders, we are quick to forgive, quick to listen and generous of spirit. We are slow to anger, and careful to avoid unnecessary conflict, jealousy, anger, rivalries, divisions, envy, and any other unhealthy interpersonal conduct.
Self-control: As leaders, we are disciplined in prayer, scripture-reading, worship, church attendance and service. Leaders avoid drunkenness, drug abuse, greed, selfishness and any conduct that elevates self over God or others.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:19-23
3) T STANDS FOR TITHES & OFFERINGS
Everyone performing these vital roles are are expected to give a tithe of their income (10%) or consistently give a designated percentage of their income to God through the ministry of One Family Church.
Reason: Giving is a vital way we demonstrate that our heart is committed to the furtherance of Christ’s mission through our church. Also, throughout the scripture, we see that financial generosity is tied to spiritual health. When a person gives freely and cheerfully to the mission of Christ, they are demonstrating the kind of generosity of spirit that we want to see among all of our members. We are to lead the rest of the congregation in the vital spiritual practice of generosity for the furtherance of Christ’s mission. Three key aspects of giving are:
Priority: We give first. Giving is one of our major financial priorities.
Percentage: We consistently give a generous and sacrificial percentage of our income.
Progressive: As God blesses us, and as we are able, we strive to increase the level of our generosity over time.
Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
4) U STANDS FOR USING YOUR GIFTS
Everyone serving in these roles are to use whatever gifts God has given them to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace by making a difference on our Dream Team.
Reason: Our church is a gifts based church, not a needs based church. This means that we strive for members to serve in areas of their gifting. Our goal is to help you fully activate your gifts and make a difference in the lives of others by using your gifts to encourage others in their faith. We believe there is nothing more fulfilling in life than using your gifts to serve others to the glory of God. The keys to fulfilling our mission is to:
1. Discover your gifts:
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
2. Develop your gifts:
Do not neglect your gift. . . . 1 Timothy 4:14
3. Deploy your gifts: Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
5) R STANDS FOR RELATIONSHIPS
We must intentionally grow together with fellow believers in Life Groups.
Reason: Spiritual growth never happens in isolation. It happens in community with other believers.
Growing together happens in the context of relationships. Life Groups provide a place for people to build real relationships by connecting.
Growing together happens when people can be vulnerable. Life Groups provide a place for people to know each other deeply and care for each other.
Growing together happens when people are challenged to grow. Life Groups provide a place for authentic accountability and feedback.
At One Family Church, we believe our church must grow smaller and larger at the same time. We are always seeking to reach more people with the Gospel and to develop deeper relationships through Life Groups.
Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage each other. Hebrews 10:25 (GN)
6) E STANDS FOR EXPAND THE MISSION
We are all expected to expand Christ’s mission by sharing the Gospel with others.
Reason: The Christian life never ends with us. We experience Christ’s love in order to share it with others. We share the love of Christ with others through our actions and words. We are called to demonstrate Christ in the way we live our lives. Non-christians will gain an understanding of God when they observe Christians. We are called to intentionally share the Gospel with the people in our spheres of influence. We can share our personal testimony, stories from scripture and invite them to church. We love them no matter their response.
[G]o and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Matthew 28:19-29
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Cor. 5:20
Jesus sums up all of the law and all of the prophets in one word: LOVE. He says that the greatest two commandments are to love God and to love others. As Christian leaders, the two questions we must always ask ourselves is: 1) Do my thoughts, words and actions demonstrate my love for God? 2) Do my thoughts, words and actions demonstrate my love for others? If we’re following these two commands, we know we are leading well!