At Stillwater Bible Church we seek to proclaim the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to train believers to do ministry. Our vision for ministry is built on a paradigm we call Our Purpose, Plan, and Process for Ministry. This paradigm has proven to be effective in helping us develop ministry programs that have tremendous impact.
Our Purpose for Ministry (Matthew 28:18-20)
Our purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20). Making disciples involves two key areas: evangelism and training. Evangelism means we go into the community to share with others the Good News Message of Salvation. The Good News Message is that Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay for sin and He rose again on the third day to conquer death and whoever believes in Him has eternal life (John 3:16). The second part of making disciples is training. We seek to train believers to know and apply the Word of God in their daily lives so they can grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
Our Plan for Ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Our plan for ministry is found in Ephesians 4:11-16. Simply put we seek to equip believers to do the ministry so that the body of Christ can grow. We want to equip believers to know, apply, and teach God’s Word so they can do the ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ. As each believer does their part of the ministry the Body of Christ can be grow spiritually and numerically (Ephesians 4:16).
Our Process for Ministry (Acts 2:46)
We call our process for ministry: Gathered & Scattered. We “gather” together to worship Jesus Christ and to be trained and equipped to serve Him and then we “scatter” into the community for evangelism and service. Our process for ministry is built for action and it is exciting to see those who attend Stillwater Bible engaged in the process. Most people connect with us through one of our big entry points (e.g. our Sunday morning worship service, or our Wednesday night activities, etc.). We encourage all of our members to get into smaller groups. In these smaller groups Christian friendships can develop that encourage godly living and facilitate evangelism and Christian Service.
Believers Carry Out Ministry
At Stillwater Bible Church the ministry is to be done by the body of believers. God in His grace gives every believer at least one spiritual gift the moment they believe in Christ for eternal life. These gifts are divine abilities given to believers for the purpose of bringing glory to God as they are exercised in ministry (1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16). Some gifts, such as the gift of evangelism, can minister to needs outside the church. Other gifts, such as the gift of administration, can minister to logistical needs inside the church. As these gifts are exercised in the power of the Holy Spirit needs are met and God is glorified. At Stillwater Bible Church we seek to encourage believers to understand their gifts and use them in ministry.