We acknowledge that this ministry is totally "owned" by God, and is therefore entirely under His supreme authority. We are merely participating servants, striving to responsibly steward what He has entrusted to us.
"O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions." (Psalm 104:24)
"For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ." (Galatians 1:10)
We acknowledge that God has purposed different seasons for different ministries and therefore desire to cooperate with those seasons by adjusting our plans as God makes it evident to us.
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
"...for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work." (Ecclesiastes 3:17)
We acknowledge that the Biblical basis for planning is submissive, not presumptive, meaning that our plans flow out of a submission to God and His leading, and understanding that God has the divine privilege to edit our plans.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
"A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps." (Proverbs 16:9)
We acknowledge that this is a faith-based ministry that depends upon the prayerful and financial support of other Christians and strive to carefully steward any and all finances that God entrusts to us.
"Let a man regard us in this manner as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. In this case moreover, it is required of stewards that one be found trustworthy." (I Corinthians 4:1-2)
"Do not store for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but store for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal, for where your treasure is there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)
We endeavor to evaluate every ministry decision based on whether it glorifies God.
"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (I Corinthians 10:31)
"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." (Colossians 3:17)
We endeavor to hold each other accountable to live lives of humble submission and obedience to God, striving to maintain Biblical integrity, so that as ambassadors for Jesus Christ we will be above reproach.
"Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another." (Romans 15:14)
"...in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you." (Titus 2:7-8)
We endeavor to discover and cooperate with God's plan in all aspects of ministry, always praying for wisdom and seeking to carry out His sovereign will, purposes, and timing.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)
We endeavor to speak the truth in love, always striving to share the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ while earnestly guarding against any form of Biblical compromise.
"...speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ." (Ephesians 4:15)
"...and He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
"...contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints." (Jude 1:3)
We endeavor to preach Christ in every way possible, understanding that we must become all things to all people, and that God will use different means to save different people.
"What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice." (Philippians 1:18)
"...to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you." (I Corinthians 9:22-23)