Ministry Mission Statement
The Greater Calvary Bible Church is founded on the basic biblical principles of Salvation, Education, and Liberation. We are a Christ-centered Family-focused full gospel, abundant life Church family. We believe that people must be saved. Saved people must be taught the truth of God's Word and made free through the application of that truth.
At the Greater Calvary Bible Church, we view the family as a Kingdom priority. The book of Romans refers to followers of Christ as members of a body. We understand this as a family of families in which we can encourage one another and hold each other accountable.
We emphasize doctrine and discipleship. We focus on attitudes and actions through the lens of salvation, education, liberation, dedication, and exaltation. Members are encouraged to work towards practicing godliness as disciples of Christ. Our expectations are high and they involve worship, growing, serving, giving, praying, seeking unity, and being sacrificial as a reflection of our commitment to godliness.
Agreeing on doctrine is the starting point. Doctrine gives clarity upfront about what you believe. We can not assume people understand historical belief system differences. We are clear about what we believe and who we are. Our church asks members to be in general agreement with our statement of faith.
Understandably, people might word things differently. Additionally, as the lead pastor and main teacher in the church, I also realize people will not agree with everything I preach. Expecting all people to agree with everything is more cult-like than Christ-like. However, we must have parameters of belief. Otherwise, the church will break under the stress of disunity.
Our statement of faith includes only the most important non-negotiables. All other doctrines outside this statement of faith are not to be tests of fellowship. For example, our members may have differing views on eschatology or some issues within soteriology and still be considered like-minded members.