Philosophy of Ministry
Barre Evangelical Free Church
I. We intentionally facilitate "life long" discipleship.
Continuation in growing as disciples once initially trained is facilitated through the following:
- Regular participation in corporate worship
- Regular participation in Bible study and fellowship
- Regularly serve Christ in a practical way through the local church
- Regularly share the faith with non-believers
- Regularly practice personal spiritual disciplines.
The corporate interactions mentioned above all work in concert to encourage and motivate our personal spiritual disciplines. Prayer is the power wrapped around all these and motivated by participation in these.
II. We intentionally offer new believers a strong initial start in discipleship.
This typically involves one-on-one training which leads into small group training. Small groups are the norm for other areas of disciple-making.
III. We desire to be effective in our service for our Lord and His Kingdom.
Each person is encouraged to use their gifts in direct ministry for the Kingdom of God. Multiple levels of training are provided to develop reproducing disciples. The focal point of our ministries is intentional disciple-making (from pre-evangelism through reproduction). Ministries are instituted as God provides necessary resources (mostly people) and are implemented primarily through a pilot approach. Church organizational structure is purposely adaptable and limited to that which is necessary so most people are in direct ministry to other people.
IV. We desire a strong church leadership.
These leaders are to have a servant's attitude, be united in the church's "Philosophy of Ministry", make "disciple-making" central, steer the general direction of the church, maintain accountability within leadership and develop new leaders by apprenticeship. Elders lead, deacon(ess) serve key "functional areas" and ministry leaders are the backbone of church ministry.
V. We desire to "free" people to minister directly.
The congregation are the "ministers", are practicing "reasonable accountability", and are multiplying themselves through apprenticeship where practical. Service gifts are just as important as leadership gifts. The majority of ministry decision making is done at the direct ministry level.
VI. We desire to strongly hold and live the distinctives of our denomination without the sense of exclusivism. Together we can do more for the Kingdom of God than we can do alone.
This includes cooperation on district, national and church planting level as well as with other "like-minded" churches in the area.