A church’s mission statement and ministry philosophy are key to the success of its ministry because they function as navigational tools necessary to chart an accurate course towards a worthy destination. Two specific words of commission direct Providence in her vision, mission and plan. First, we must “GO,” which signifies that true discipleship is a dynamic existence characterized by energetic initiative. And second, we must “TELL.” As followers of Jesus Christ this community must continue to tell people how to meet Jesus, and then develop ministries for inviting all people to experience repentance , forgiveness, and discipleship through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ promise of his abiding presence extends to each new generation of commissioned disciples. He promised to walk with us to work with us, to encourage us, and to empower us to transform lives and renew the communities around us.
Disciples making Disciples, Transforming Lives and Renewing Communities (Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah. 58:12);
“To build a church where lives are radically changed and disciples are intentionally made.” That is to call seekers to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and believers to a deeper commitment of service in the Kingdom.
To become all that God wants us to be — to be Disciples. At Providence we define discipleship as “living as Christ would if He were in my place.”
This implies two things:
First: A life of transformation and dependence on the Holy Spirit. And
Second: The development of holistic ministries that meet the needs of
the whole person – ministries that transform the heart, the mind, the soul and the body, and ministries that restores broken walls and streets with dwellings (Luke 4:18-20; Isaiah 12:1-12). To use our different gifts to live for God to our fullest and share Him with others so that they can also live to their fullest, using their different gifts. At Providence we plan to live out our mission and vision through the five G’s:
Grace – to personally appropriate and extend the saving work of Christ (Eph. 2:8-9);
Growth – to pursue Christ-likeness (2 Peter 3:18);
Group – to connection with other members in significant relationship (Acts 2:46);
Gifts – to serve the body of Christ according to our spiritual gifts and passion (Romans 12:6-8) and
Good Stewardship – to honor God with our resources through what we give to the church and what we keep (Philippians 4:11 – 19).