Philosophy of Ministry for Washington Alliance Church
"To glorify Christ and do what He would do, obeying His great command to love and His great commission toward the world."
- Washington Alliance Church exists for the purpose of exalting Jesus Christ, the Lord and Savior, through the evangelism of people and the equipping of them to be trained for the work of ministry (e.G. good works, sharing their faith, and helping others grow in Him) through the Word of God in a context of growing holiness and love (Eph. 4:11-13, 2 Tim. 2:2. Matt. 28:19-20).
- We seek to provide personnel, time, funds and prayer to help accomplish the "Great Commission of Christ" both here in the Washington Area and around the world. (Gen. 12:1-3. Isa. 28:19, Mk. 16:15, Lk. 16:1-9, 19:11-27, Acts 1:8).
- We will provide creative ways to open opportunities of outreach to the "non-churched", and to make the presence of Washington Alliance Church felt in the community (I Cor. 9:19-23). We seek to reach people in various levels of culture and community by creatively presenting them the Gospel and God's standards for life and morality. We seek to be salt in the world. ("side-door to the church" programs, e.g. via music, drama, sports ministries, etc.) "The message must stay the same, but the methods must change."
- We will give high priority to corporate worship ("Celebration") through quality experiences of praise and proclaiming God's work. (Isa. 6:1-4. Mk. 12:29-30, Heb. 10:24-25).
- We seek to provide strong, relationship-building groups ("Congregations") so people can form lasting Christian friendships and care groups that reach out to others. These are primarily experienced through adult Bible Fellowships (ABF's).
- We seek to provide strong small groups ("Cells") and "one to one" opportunities for people to study Scripture, receive strength for their daily walk with Christ and achieve maximum personal growth (Acts 20:29-31, Col. 1:28, 2 Tim. 2:2).
- We seek to provide strong support for married and single people in their home life, affirming God's approval of either lifestlye (I Cor. 7, Matt. 19:11-12). Support will include teaching and modeling the way of righteousness and morality (I Cor. 7:2-9) as well as having families know the Biblical design for marriage (Gen. 2:18-25, Mk. 10:6-9, I Cor 7:39, 2 Cor. 6:14-16, Eph. 5:22-23) and parent-child relationships (Eph. 6:1-4). We will also seek to minister to the separated, deserted, divorced, widow and widower at their point of need.
- We will seek to make personal ministry and evangelism a priority for all men and women, equipping and involving them in vital ministries within and outside the church. All Christians who call Washington Alliance their church home should be involved in some form of ministry, making them "part-time ministers" of Washington Alliance Church.
- In order to make the most of every ministry opportunity, we will provide the best facilities, resources and experiences possible in worship, education and special events. We will seek excellence.
- We will seek to be a church of integrity in the area of finances, holding ourselves accoutable to the congregation and the civil authorities so as to be an example of light above reproach (Matt. 5:13-16, Lk. 16).
- We will seek to accept and love all non-Christians, regardless of their personal lives, in order that hey might someday trust in Christ.
- We will uphold Biblical standards of holiness for all members, (including church discipline if necessary) as an expression of commitment to them obedience to Christ (I Cor. 5).
- We will seek to provide excellent Christian education for all ages - children, youth and adults - in order that people might trust in Christ and grow into healthy, functioning Christians (Eph. 4:11-16).
- We will attempt to provide care for all Washington Alliance members and friends with special emphasis on coordinating help and support during special needs.
- We believe that although diversity exists within the church, it is mandatory to have unity in areas of theological fundamentals, as well as personal relationships (Rom. 12, I Cor. 12, Eph). It is our intention in belief and behavior to major on the major doctrines, while minoring on the minors. In essentials we desire unity, in non-essentials diversity, and in all things charity.