Eaton Methodist Church
Mission and Core Principles
Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We accomplish this mission when we develop and equip a SERVANT for Christ. The following describes a SERVANT who embodies our mission and vision. All scriptures from NIV.
Submits to Jesus as Savior and Lord
- And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church. (Ephesians 1:22)
- If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
- Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? (Romans 6:13-16)
Embraces biblical authority
- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
- Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:20-21)
- You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me. (John 5:39)
Rejoices in God’s Grace in worship
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)
- Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you. (Exodus 23:25)
- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. (Romans 12:1)
- Pray continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
- “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20)
Advances in authentic Christian community (small groups)
- Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts. (Acts 2:46)
- Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.(Proverbs 13:20)
- Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. (Matthew 12:1)
Nurtures their spiritual gifts to fulfill their life mission
- 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)
- So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
- You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Transforms life through service, stewardship and witness
- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
- And whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:27-28)
- You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (2 Corinthians 9:11)
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- Eaton MC is:
- Reaching out to those who do not know God,
- Growing into spiritually mature disciples of Jesus Christ,
- Sharing God’s message by word and deed in our church, in our community and beyond.
- Therefore go 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20
- Reach out to those who do not know God,
- Jesus says to, “GO.” If we are truly reaching out to those who do not know God, we are doing just that. We will go and find those that need to hear of God’s love and we will invite others to join us as we experience Him in our worship services and other ministries. We will be welcoming to anyone who comes, providing radical hospitality so that they may truly feel like part of the family of God.. We will have passionate worship experiences, centered in Christ, that allow everyone to grow closer to Him. The covenants of Baptism and Membership will be encouraged for all who come.
- Grow into spiritually mature disciples of Jesus Christ,
- Jesus tells us to, “make disciples,” and “teach them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We must provide intentional faith development programs and ministries that enable every person who comes in contact with our church the ability to grow in their faith and improve their personal relationship with Christ. Our members will be knowledgeable about the Bible and will have opportunities to understand and apply His Word to their daily lives. There will be a plan to help members discover their spiritual gifts and how to utilize them. Groups will be organized to learn together how to be a Christian in today’s society as well as hold each other accountable for Christian behavior.
- Share God’s message by word and deed in our church, in our community and beyond.
- Jesus says, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” With God’s help, we are called to be in service to Him. We should demonstrate extravagant generosity in caring for our members and others in need. We should give of our gifts, talents, time, and resources to further the work of the church. We are all servants for Christ and are all pastors of the church. We must all share the Good News through our actions, words, and service. We will provide opportunities for members to be the hands and feet of Christ, going out into the community and world to make a difference in the lives of others.
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- Core Values
- We value Love for all people.
- “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” I John 3:16
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
- We value Growth in Grace.
- “God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.” Ephesians 4:15, The Message
- “Grow in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Get to know him better. Give him glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 NIV Reader’s Edition
- We value each person’s Gifts and Service.
- “and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matt 20:27-29
- “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10
- We value Team.
- “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Be very sure now…that you enter into a generous common life …sharing all the good things that you have and experience.” Galatians 6:4-6 The Message
- We value Impacting our community.
- “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
- “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. “In the same way, let your light shine in front of others. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will praise your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
- Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
- Based on Acts 2 and courtesy of Robert Schnase, fivepractices.org
- Radical Hospitality
- Congregations that practice Radical Hospitality demonstrate an active desire to invite, welcome, receive, and care for those who are strangers so that they find a spiritual home and discover for themselves the unending richness of life in Christ. Radical describes that which is drastically different from ordinary practices, outside the normal, that which exceeds expectations and goes the second mile.
- Passionate Worship
- Worship describes those times we gather deliberately seeking to encounter God in Christ. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. The word passionate expresses an intense desire, an ardent spirit, strong feelings, and the sense of heightened importance. Congregations who practice Passionate Worship offer their utmost and highest; they expect worship to be the most important hour of the week.
- Intentional Faith Development
- Intentional Faith Development refers to all the ministries that help us grow in faith outside of weekly worship, such as bible studies, Sunday School classes, support groups, and prayer teams. Congregations who practice Intentional Faith Development offer opportunities for people to learn in community for people at all stages of faith. They offer ministries that help people grow in grace and in the knowledge and love of God. Intentional refers to deliberate effort, purposeful action, and high priority.
- Risk-Taking Mission & Service
- Mission and Service refers to the projects, efforts, and work people do to make a positive difference in the lives of others for the purposes of Christ, whether or not they will ever become part of the community of faith. Risk-taking pushes us out of our comfort zone, stretching us beyond service to people we already know, exposing us to people, situations, and needs that we would never ordinarily encounter apart from our deliberate intention to serve Christ. Congregations who practice Risk-taking Mission and Service offer endless opportunities for people to make a difference in lives of others through service projects, volunteer opportunities, and mission initiatives.
- Extravagant Generosity
- Generosity describes the Christian’s unselfish willingness to give in order to make a positive difference for the purposes of Christ. Congregations that practice Extravagant Generosity provide ministries that address our spiritual need to give in ways that exceed all expectations and extend to unexpected measures. Fruitful congregations thrive because of extraordinary sharing, willing sacrifice, and joyous giving out of love for God and neighbor.
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- Core Ministry Teams
- Worship Environment
- The Worship Environment Team will work to provide opportunities for Passionate Worship and Radical Hospitality. Working closely with the Pastor and paid ministry staff, the Worship Environment Team will plan and coordinate all regular worship services as well as special services throughout the year. The team will be responsible for leadership and accountability for the following sub-ministries: Music Ministry, Choirs, Worship Bands, Hospitality, Set-up/Tear Down, Ushers/Greeters, Acolytes, and Technology. (Paid staff supervised by Pastor and PPRC)
- Spiritual Formation
- The Spiritual Formation Team will work to provide Intentional Faith Development opportunities for all members and prospective members to grow into spiritually mature disciples of Jesus Christ. The team will be responsible for leadership and accountability for the following sub-ministries: Children Ministry, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, Adult Ministry, Family Ministry, and Membership. The Pastor shall approve all curriculum and programming decisions for adherence to sound biblical and United Methodist principles.
- The Outreach Team will work to provide opportunities for Risk-Taking Mission and Service that allow the love of Jesus to be shown as we become His hands and feet in service, especially to those who do not know God or need to feel His love. The team will be responsible for leadership and accountability for the following sub-ministries: Evangelism, Missions, Community Events, Local Assistance, and New Visitor Ministry.
- Congregational Care
- The Congregational Care Team will work to provide opportunities to demonstrate Extravagant Generosity as we support and care for those in our congregations. The team will be responsible for leadership and accountability for the following sub-ministries: Prayer Ministry, Funeral Ministry, Meals Ministry, Visitation Ministry, Card Ministry as well as any other care and support groups.
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- Supporting Ministry Teams
- The finance team shall be responsible for compiling a yearly budget for approval by the church council. The team will monitor income and expenses relative to this budget and will report this information monthly to the church council with any recommendations for adjustment. The finance team will create and monitor processes necessary for conducting the financial business of the church, such as collection and deposit of funds, dispersal of funds, payments of employees and so on. The team will ensure that a yearly audit is completed and a final year-end report will be presented to the church council.
- The board of trustees shall have the supervision, oversight and care of all real property owned by the local church. The trustees also receive and administer all bequests and trusts made to the church.
- Strategic Development
- The Strategic Development Team is responsible for working with the other ministry teams in marketing, advertising and public relations. The Strategic Development Team shall also engage in visioning and strategic planning activities to ensure continuous improvement in our ministries.
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Governance, Leadership, Accountability
The church council shall provide governance, leadership, and accountability for the core and supporting ministry teams. The work of the church council should be focused on strategic direction, the alignment of our work to our mission and vision, long-term planning, and high level governance of the church teams and leaders. Each ministry team should be empowered to carry out the work of their team with little involvement from church council, providing that the work aligns with our vision, mission and strategic goals.
The church council will provide accountability as it also function as the Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committee to ensure effective ministry and relationships with and among pastors, paid-staff, lay leadership and the congregation.
The Pastor is to provide leadership, guidance and advice according to his/her training and study of the Word and the principles of The United Methodist Church. The Pastor serves as an ex-officio member of all ministry teams and is the team leader for Worship Environment and Lay Leadership. All paid staff report to and are accountable to the Pastor.
The Lay Leadership team exists to prayerfully consider the gifts and talents of members and nominate members for the leadership positions of the church.