First United Methodist Church of Rockport, Texas
Friday, October 20, 2017
Growing Families in Christ

Our Strategy For Ministry

 

In order to accomplish our mission and live our beliefs, we have three objectives for our congregation which correspond to the three key aspects of the church manifest in the New Testament:  NURTURE -community, OUTREACH -service, and WITNESS - proclamation. 

 

NURTURE - providing educational, formative, supportive and fellowship activities necessary to incorporate individuals into the Body of Christ.  We are to be an inclusive church, growing in the redemptive fellowship of the community and the disciplines of faithful living, that we might become whole together.    This involves spiritual work and accountability.                                                        

 

OUTREACH - providing ministries of outreach which further the building of the Kingdom and equip every member to be in ministry for Christ.  We are to be a servant church, sharing the grace we have been given and modeling our lives after the One who came to serve that we might be disciples of the Lord. 

 

WITNESS - providing powerful, evangelistic worship which incorporates the historic Wesleyan emphases of Scripture, reason, tradition and the experience of grace.  We are to be a worshiping church, bringing our lives to the altar, accepting Christ as our personal Lord and growing in God’s grace, that we might open our hearts to the full presence and power of the living God, the Holy Spirit.

 

These three themes are not isolated from each other, but are interwoven and should all be present to some extent in each aspect of the life of the church.  They are encapsulated in the phrase: “Grounded in the Scriptures, Growing in the Spirit, Reaching out in Love, Trusting God with Growth.”

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God-not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for the good works, which God intended to be our way of life. (Ephesians 2:8-10)