Summary: Why I do what I do and believe what I believe.
My Philosophy of Ministry, Pastor Michael Mccartney
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
2 Cor. 3:17 NIV
Motto of my Ministry: Leading People from Here to Eternity
Motto defined as specific cyclical sequence: (See explanation in the summary)
My goal is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in all dimensions of my ministry. I will contend to liberate the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I will wholeheartedly strive to enable as many people as possible to experience, know, love, and serve God with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength.
I will seek to liberate the lost through lifestyle evangelism. I will not only preach the Word but live it through my life and my actions. I will reach into our community, sharing that there is hope beyond life’s circumstances. I (And the church) will reach out through small groups and provide a seeker-sensitive service on Sundays. The word “seeker” is defined as one who is in search of spiritual life. This person is not a Christian. This service will endeavor to make the seeker feel comfortable, accepted through unconditional love, and impressed that God is relevant to them today. I will present the gospel message without compromise but will use creative means that will appeal to the hearts, minds, and souls of all those who are seeking.
I will liberate all people by standing against all forms of discrimination. I will strive to develop a church that is cross-cultural, racially mixed, and financially diverse. All these differences will be the strength of the church.
I will always seek to serve God, others, and the community unconditionally (1 Peter 4:7-11). My resolve for this vision is reflected in the prayer below:
More than anything else in heaven or on earth,
I pray for the power to love my fellow person,
to break through the condemning bigotry,
the crippling prejudice,
the stifling self-centeredness
that smothers God’s Spirit within me,
and to channel and communicate divine love
to lonely, loveless people about me.
And I pray as well for the ability to translate
the message of God’s eternal love into words and action
that will pierce the hearts of busy men and women
and move their hearts to faith and obedience to Christ.
Adapted from “Resolve”
by Leslie Brandt
I will also liberate hurting Christians from the bondage of religious legalism and traditional ritual. I will accomplish this by not allowing manmade rules to be a part of our church doctrine and practices (Matt. 23).
I and we will also make disciples. I will provide biblical instruction to help all new converts grow and mature in Christ. I will also seek to implant into older Christians the mandate to “show thyself approved” through study and that we are to continue our spiritual growth. I know that groups and classes must be instituted to help with the renewing of the mind. Our members will aid in discipleship as well as our leaders. I and We will seek to disciple so that our church will be active in body ministry (Matt. 28:16-20).