Mission And Values

Mission Statement

Good Shepherd Community Church exists to invite ordinary people to encounter Christ and thoughtfully follow Him in the world.

Motto: Encountering Christ and Thoughtfully Following Him.

Values Statement: “SHEPHERD”:

S – Scriptural Authority

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Tim 3:16-17

We value the authority of God’s Word and prayerfully consider every ministry and relationship through the lens of Holy Scripture to ensure that our mission remains biblically based and theologically sound.

H – Holy Spirit Gift-based Ministry

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

1 Cor 12:4-7

We value people serving according to their gifts. We believe that the Holy Spirit sovereignly distributes gifts to every believer without distinction. All are called to discover, develop, and use their spiritual gifts as stewards of God’s grace. We believe that the function of leadership is the empowerment of others for service rather than the exercise of power over them and that both men and women are divinely gifted to minister to the whole Body of Christ, under His authority.

E – Excellence

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.

Col 3:17

We value giving God our best. As stewards using all that we have been given by God to make maximum impact for the kingdom, we are not afraid to try new ideas to bring about change. We will continually obtain feedback and evaluate ourselves and our ministries in order to prayerfully prune our activities to maximize our effectiveness.

P – Prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Col 4:2

Prayer is the heartbeat of ministry. Nothing of eternal significance is accomplished without prayer. So, we strive to be a people who are in communion with God through prayer individually and as a community.

H – Holistic Transformation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

2 Cor 5:17

We value ongoing life-transformation, believing God desires wholeness for his children in every dimension – spiritual, social, emotional, psychological, and physical. We recommend every believer be part of a small group because we recognize God primarily uses such relationships to transform brokenness into wholeness.

E – Engaging Culture

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Eph 5:15-17

As thoughtful followers of Christ, we watch to see how God is working in the world and join Him in that work—both locally and globally. We strategically partner with missionaries and mission agencies in fulfilling the Great Commission. We minister in ways that demonstrate an awareness of an ever-changing culture; embracing those elements that reflect the Kingdom of God and addressing the culture with the Gospel in terms that are current.

R – Reflection

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mark 1:35

We value being theologically reflective; deliberately slowing down and taking time to examine our lives and our ministry. In reflection we seek wisdom and guidance from the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, the Christian community, spiritual disciplines and a rich heritage of Christian tradition.

D – Diversity

So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:26-27

We value being a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-traditional community which draws from the diverse streams of Christianity throughout history and across denominations. We celebrate our members’ ethnicity, culture and traditions and embrace the diversity of Christian traditions in our liturgy.