Our desire is to be a church that reflects the mercy we have received from God both to one another and to our neighbors in Forest. The church is not simply a place where we come to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ, but the church is itself part of the gospel, as people are drawn together through Jesus and model God’s mercy to their neighbors. We believe that Jesus uses the church to both gather and equip his people to serve him as Lord in every dimension of their lives and bear witness to him throughout the world.
With the above in mind, we believe that ministry happens in different settings. Gathering together as a congregation for worship on Sunday mornings is central. However, the life of the church includes much more than this. Other avenues of ministry are also important. In all that we do, we hope to see God at work through his people in the lives of others as he builds his church.
The shape of ministry will always be influenced by those whom Jesus brings to build his church, with the grace to envision the gospel in their lives and the gifts to serve in various ways (Romans 12:3-13; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). “As each has received a gift” we are called to “use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). As one of us, we want you to see your gifts as God’s calling to serve the church.