Grace Church is committed to bringing glory to God through the transformation of lives by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, Grace Church must be active in and supportive of the global mission of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19, 20).
Local Mission Theology: What does the Bible say to us about our local mission?
Grace Church is commanded to take the Gospel to every nation (Matt. 28:18–20), recognizing that the Gospel establishes a multiethnic and multicultural church (Acts 2; Col. 3:9–11; Eph. 2:11; Rev. 5:9, 10; 7:9) through speaking the Gospel to the nations as the means of evangelizing (Rom. 10:11–15; Eph 3:8–11).
Local Mission Philosophy: What must our commitments be because of theology?
Grace Church must
- preach the Gospel to our local community.
- disciple believers, including baptizing them and training them to observe all that God has commanded.
- agree and value the multiethnic/multicultural purpose of Christ’s church.
- embrace all ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic classifications equally.
- pursue the diversity of the body in the unity of Christ, limiting segregation within our church family at all costs.
Local Mission Plan: How do we plan to live these commitments in our context?
The pastoral team plans to
- pursue and establish bilingual servant leadership.
- communicate and call our membership to this local-mission vision.
- seek integrated ministry as ideal rather than dividing our church body into distinct entities (i.e., starting an autonomous Spanish-speaking church).
- see local assemblies planted in outlying communities within the valley.
- utilize ESL and SSL training as vehicles for evangelism.