The MISSION of Grace Church in Pagosa Springs is to build a community of Christ followers as we reach our community for Christ.
Our mission then is the Gospel lived-out in daily life. It is encapsulated in two passages of Scripture. The first, commonly referred to as The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:18-20:
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
You will also see this Great Commission incarnated in the story of the early church found in Acts 2:41-47:
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awecame upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
If you look carefully at this passage, what do you see? You see that God’s means of fulfilling His mission in this world was to build a community of Christ followers to reach their community for Christ. When God wants to transform a community, He implants within it another community, a countercultural, gospel-centered community, to be salt and light. Acts 2:41-47 reveals four natural steps for building a community of Christ followers to reach our community for Christ:
First, establishing a relationship with God (Acts 2:41).
Second, putting God at the center of life (Acts 2:42-44).
Third, applying God’s Word to life (Acts 2:45-47a).
Fourth, making an impact with life (Acts 2:47b).
OUR CORE VALUES…
Our core values act as a rudder to guide in fulfilling our mission. They are:
• A Commitment to the Centrality of God’s Word—The Bible is God’s primary means of developing fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we will clearly and unapologetically present Biblical truth so that people at all levels of spiritual growth are transformed (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12).
• A Commitment to God-Centered Worship—God-centered worship, which glorifies God and engages the heart, mind and emotions of people with God, must be the hallmark of our public worship services. Therefore, we are committed to meeting the worship needs of various generations. Furthermore, fully devoted disciples are characterized by a spirit of joy expressed in worship (Isaiah 12:5; Psalm 100&150; Ephesians 3:20-21).
• A Commitment to Persistent Prayer—Persistent prayer is the fuel that empowers us to present Jesus as Savior while pursuing Him as Lord. Therefore, we will regularly pray, corporately and individually, to empower the work of the Church in Pagosa Springs and beyond (Ephesians 6:18-20; John 15:16; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 10:1).
• A Commitment to Intentional Disciple-making—Participating with God to intentionally make disciples is the Church’s primary task. Therefore, we will utilize our time, treasure and talent to present Jesus as Savior and pursue Him as Lord by intentionally making disciples through missions and evangelism (Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 1:17; Acts 1:8).
• A Commitment to Intergenerational Ministry – Inter-generational ministry is the Scriptural pattern for equipping, training, and empowering a new generation of leaders to make a difference in the church and their world. Therefore, our older generations will intentionally strive to see Christ formed in the younger generations, and our younger generations will participate and value our older generations (Deuteronomy 6:7, Psalm 78;1-8, Titus 2:1-8).
• A Commitment to Life-Changing Community—Community is the primary context for significant spiritual growth. Therefore, we will provide opportunities for people to develop meaningful relationships in order to give and receive care, accountability, and encouragement (Acts 2:44-46; Ephesians 4:1-16; Hebrews 10:24-25; Ecclesiastes 4:1-12).