Our Church Goals
Provide inspiring worship that renews and restores our relationship with Jesus Christ. We invite people to respond to Christ with praise, prayer, and life change through creative and relevant worship.
Facilitate authentic fellowship that welcomes and enfolds people. We encourage and guide each other on the journey of faith with grace and honesty.
Promote Biblical discipleship that offers foundational scriptural teaching. We call each other to understanding, commitment, and growth that reflects Christ in our lives.
Develop meaningful outreach activities that demonstrate God's grace in word and deed. We use our spiritual gifts to live out the gospel
The four ministry areas — worship, fellowship, discipleship, outreach — provide a framework for Christians to reach out to believers and nonbelievers in an intentional, planned manner. By organizing our church's resources around these four ministry areas, and recognizing their interconnectedness, we can more be a more relevant, effective agent of change. The goal of our church's ministry is to serve and equip people as the Holy Spirit calls them into increasing maturity in the Christian faith.
Integrating these four ministries into every aspect of LCI life is an important process and one that will be implemented during several years of praying, preparing, implementing, evaluating and revising. The ministries must be reflected in programming, scheduling, budgeting and staffing.
The circular relationship we recognize in our ministries, and how they fulfill our relationship with Jesus Christ, is illustrated in the figure below:
Our Goals and Objectives
In Matthew 16:18 Jesus Christ said, "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
The book of Ephesians is all about the church, the body of Christ. In the book of Ephesians we see at least three primary reasons for the church's existence. They are:
TO BRING GLORY TO GOD
Ephesians 3:21 says "Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end."
The primary reason the church exists is to glorify God. This is the responsibility of every member in the body. We glorify God when we worship Him, when we praise Him, when we proclaim His Word, when we live His Word and when we spread His Word.
A. In strength - In Ephesians 4:11-16 In Ephesians 4:11-16 Paul makes it clear that the Lord desires strong, mature Christians. Verse 12 speaks of being perfected or matured. Verse 14 indicates that the Lord is displeased if we remain as "baby Christians". Verse 16 talks about being "built up" in love.
Christians should continually be growing stronger spiritually. This is so important that in Matthew 28:18-20 when Jesus gave His great commission He only gave one command in those verses, "Make disciples." Just adding numbers to the roll call is not the goal; the goal is baptized, instructed, mature disciples.
TO BE PURE
Ephesians 5:26-27 says Christ gave Himself for the church “that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
Why Goals Are Important to Ministry
“Many people fail in life, not for lack of ability or brains or even courage but simply because they have never organized their energies around a goal.”
Ministry without goals:
When our ministry efforts are not focused on a goal, our future is not well defined. We lack direction.
We may have success but no real progress because we are successful at doing the wrong things. Ultimately, without goals, we fail to reach our full potential for the work of the church.
Ministry with good goals:
When our ministry has good goals, every commitment we make positively affects our future success. Goals give us clear, definable, and measurable targets for each ministry effort. Our successes, failures, and opportunities for improvement can be quantified. With each successful goal reached, we are able to build momentum by compounding efforts. Ultimately, God causes us to exceed our potential in the church.
Smart Goals are:
Specific: Is the goal specific enough for clarity?
Measurable: Is there a way to measure the success of the goal?
Attainable: Is the goal truly attainable?
Realistic: Is the goal realistically written?
Timely: Is there a timeline associated to the goal to ensure a completion date?
The supreme mission of the church, and so also of every individual believer, is to glorify God and to serve Him forever (Eph. 3:21; Rom. 11:36; 1 Pet. 4:11). We should not engage in any practice, individually or corporately that does not result in fulfillment of our supreme mission.
Our goals are to serve God and bring glory to Him. Certain God-ordained goals are established in Scripture for the local church. These are basically set forth in the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).
1. Equipping Believers
Equipping the saints unto the work of the ministry in all its aspects along with their spiritual maturity in the Lord, is the second great goal of this church (Eph. 4:12-16; Col. 1:28-29).
2. Evangelization of the Lost
Reaching the lost with the gospel of Jesus Christ, both at home and abroad, is to be one of the goals of this church (Rom. 1:14-16; 1 Thess. 1:8; Acts 1:8).
1. Internal Objectives and Functions
(a) Instruction in the Word of God - Teaching: To stand for the historic, fundamental truths of Scripture, and through Scripture, to equip the saints for service, and for the building up of the body of Christ for unity, knowledge of the Son of God, and maturity, measured by the stature of the fullness of Christ, and for protection against the deceitful scheming of Satan (Eph. 4:12-16).
(b) Fellowship: To encourage and provide for means of developing meaningful relationships among believers
(c) Worship: To provide the means for developing and expressing meaningful worship in prayer, songs of praise, adoration, admonishment, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord, and to administer the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper
(d) Ministry: To provide the means for developing and exercising spiritual gifts for the edification of the body and the evangelization of the lost (Rom. 12:3-8; 1 Pet. 4:10-11).
2. External Objectives and Funtions:
(a) Evangelism: To present the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who have never trusted in Jesus Christ as their Savior, and to encourage them to trust in Him (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Thess. 1:2-10).
(b) Holy Behavior: To live holy lives in the midst of a crooked and preverse generation acting as salt and lights in the world (Phil. 2:15; Matt. 5:13-14; 1 Pet. 2:11-15; Col. 4:5).
Our mission, goals, and objectives set forth our philosophy of the local church and its ministry. This, in turn, must form the foundation for our thinking and activities as a body of people. It directs us in what we ought to be doing. Anything which does not contribute to this philosophy of our mission, goals, and objectives, should then be corrected, rejected, or alleviated form the activities of the church.