Two Overarching Ministry Principles
1. Our goal is to be people who make disciples
A proper understanding of the Great Commission in Matthew 28 is key in understanding what our goals are as a church and what we desire for each of our members. After Jesus has come back to life, he gives this charge to all of his followers and worshipers: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19–20)
As many have noted, the central verb and instruction here is to disciple, which is then carried out through the act of baptism and teaching the commands of Jesus. It is discipleship which is at the core of Jesus commission to his followers/worshipers.
And although Jesus is speaking here to the gathered group, his commission is for each one of them. We see in Acts that although they sometimes fulfilled this commission as a group (Acts 2) they also fulfilled it individually (Stephen in Acts 7, Philip in Acts 8 etc.) Thus, as we apply this to our church, it is not only our gathered group that must make disciples, but our individual members who must be disciple-makers. That is the calling of every follower and worshiper of Jesus Christ.
So, our entire church model is based on making disciple-makers (not just disciples.) Thus, personal growth must be evidenced in our people’s lives by growing others. Someone who is a disciple, but not a disciple-maker is not a mature disciple and needs further discipleship themselves!
2. Growth only happens through the gospel/word of God
While there are many aspects of a person’s life (skills, experience, gifts, interests etc.) that may be useful in doing this work of discipleship, one thing rises far above these things and dwarfs them in comparison. The Bible is clear that it is only the word of God or the gospel that is effective in growing people (discipleship).
Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth (Colossians 1:5–6)
Thus, to be useful to God and man every member must know and use the word of God in their own life and the lives of those they are discipling and building into. One example of this is in Colossians 3:16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Based on these premises, our ministry model at NWCC is based on each member growing in the use of the word of God. We break this down into three areas (or four, depending on how you want to count!)
Click on each heading below to get information on how to grow in that area and related resources
Growth in the Home
Growth in the Church [Large Group]
Growth in the Church [Small Group]
Growth in the World