Life and Ministry

Under our Vision, and building on our theological heritage, the life of our Church is many faceted. The following is a list of key, if not exhaustive, normative aspects for the life of all members:

We are called to weekly, corporate worship: to praise, to prayer, to confession, to hearing God’s Word, to Communion – the gathering of God’s people together before the Lord in worship.

We are called to regular, ongoing times of Christian formation: to learn the Christian faith and life, in order to grow as disciples of Jesus in the knowledge, love and service of God.

We are called to participate in a common life together: to regular fellowship whereby we can know, enjoy, care for, and pastor one another.

We are called to serve others in need: to participate in ministries which reach out to those in spiritual and material need among and beyond our congregation.

We are called to aim for and practice a holy life, seeking and serving Christ in all persons: to engage in relationships which evidence the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; and which are characterized by sexual morality, including fidelity in marriage and chastity in singleness.

We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in an exclusive union intended by God to be life-long. Because God has ordained and defined it as His covenant relationship between a man and a woman, our church will only solemnize a marriage between one man and one woman, and our facilities will only host such weddings.

We are called to make faithful offerings, through the life of the Church and beyond, of the time, talent and treasure with which God has blessed us.

Conclusion

This Statement does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. For the purposes of this church, in faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Pastor, under the ultimate authority of the Bishop, is the final interpretive authority on matters of doctrine and their application.