Mission & Vision

 Pastoral Proposal for Calvary Baptist Church

 
VISION: Making Disciples and reaching the Unsaved for Christ.
(Matthew 28:19, 20)
 
Mission Statement: To make disciples by teaching the basic tenets of the Christian faith, and to reach the lost for Christ through preaching and outreach.
 
 
Spiritual Assessment
 
1.                  Leadership
2.                  Spirituality and Prayer
3.                  Evangelism
4.                  Stewardship
5.                  Praise and Worship
6.                  Inter-generation Ministry
7.                  Youth Development
8.                  Children's Ministry
9.                  Senior Ministry
10.              Local and Foreign Missions
 
 
 
Church Growth and Development
 
 
Leadership
"If a man desire the office of a bishop (pastor), he desires a good work. (I Timothy 3:1)
 
            One step in defining leadership is to make distinctions among three words: administration, management, and leadership.
            Administration is doing things right. If there is a deadline, one meets it. If there is a prescribed structure, one has it. If there are stated policies, one keeps them.
            Management is doing the right things. Management includes such things as long-range planning, goal setting, selecting priorities, time management, and budgeting.
            Leadership is the development and articulation of a shared vision, motivation of those key people without whom that vision cannot become a reality, and gaining the cooperation of most of the people involved.
 
                The following are required of a spiritual leader:

¢                     Preaching and teaching of God's Word.
¢                     Pastoral Care, and Counseling
¢                     Outreach
¢                     Community Development

 

A Pastor is committed to the preaching of the gospel. When Christ is proclaimed in the pulpit, God will add people in the pews.
 
Remember God said in His Word: "If you are faithful over a few things I will make you ruler over many things. God will not add to our number if we are not faithful in taking care of the few He has entrusted us with.
 
 
Spirituality and Prayer
"O God, thou are my God, early will I seek thee: my soul thirsts for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is. (Psalm 63:1)
 
            The word liturgy comes from the Greek leitourgia, which simply means the service or the work of the people. Worship is the work of all the faithful who gather to praise, honor, and glorify God. Calvary has to be called to a deeper commitment to spirituality and prayer. Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, neither has it entered into the hearts of people what the Lord has in store for those who trust in Him.
 
 
Evangelism
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19)
 
            The early church did not have a building, a printing press, radio, or television station. Yet the 120 disciples on the day of Pentecost won 3000 souls for Christ in one day. They did this not on their turf, but by going out on the devil's turf. We cannot stay on our turf and expect people to come to us. We ought to reach out to folk with the gospel of Christ on their turf and win them to Christ. 
            Calvary will grow when we bring folk to Jesus. Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all unto me.
                                                                   
 Stewardship
 
"He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he that sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully...for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor. 9:6)

One of the challenges here at Calvary is that the majority of the people don't tithe to the work of the Lord. There are few that are tithing regularly. When Christians fail to tithe they are contradicting their faith. It shows they do not believe in the Word of God, disobey God and lack faith in God. There will be teaching and preaching on giving from a biblical perspective and teaching on the four T's of stewardship: giving of one's treasure, time, testimony, and talent.
 
 
Praise and Worship
            "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his court with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name. (Psalm 100:4)
 
            It is said, "When praises go up, blessings come down.
Praise and worship has to take on a new meaning at Calvary. The congregation has to be aware that praise and worship is not a service for and by the deacons. 
Praise and worship is a time of preparation for worship by the congregation. This is a service that should involve all. The musician/s for the day must be available to play the instrument/s. the deacons, the choir, and the congregation, all worshiping and praising God in preparation for service.
 
It is no longer praise and worship but worship and praise. We cannot praise God without first worshipping God.
 
Inter-generation Ministry
"And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sit in thine house. (Deuteronomy 6:7)
 
 
It has been part of God's plan to have an inter-generation ministry. The older ones teach the younger ones. Bringing both groups together will enhance our faith and deepen our commitment to the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
 
 Youth Development
 
"Let no man despise thy youth. (I Timothy 4:12)
 
            There is a special place in kingdom building for young people. God has a higher calling for our youth, and we must guide them. As we prepare them for leadership, we must bear in mind that they play an intricate part in our worship today as much as tomorrow.  
 
Children's Ministry
"They brought little children unto Jesus, that he should put his hands on them, and pray. (Matthew 19:13)
 
            Jesus took time out from his busy schedule to put his hands on the little children and pray for them. 
            Calvary needs to channel part of its time and resources for the development and growth of its children. Especially children who are from a single parent home.
 
Senior Ministry
"Honor thy father and thy mother. (Exodus 20:12)
 
The fifth commandment instructs us to honor our father and mother. We have been blessed by the labor of our seniors who made sure Calvary remain consistent in the preaching and teaching of God's Word. They have been on the battlefield a long time for the Lord. It is time we show and our gratitude for what they have done.
 
Local and Foreign Missions
"And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
 
            God has called us to go out of these four walls and spread his gospel. We must first begin in our Jerusalem (East Orange), and to Judea (New Jersey), and Samaria (The United States), and to the uttermost part of the earth.
            With the compassion of Christ and our commitment to the Word and prayer, we can bring transformation in the spiritual, physical, and social life of people everywhere. Calvary will be like the city set on a hill that cannot be hid.