I've been getting a lot of questions regarding the DNA or nature of the church our core group will be planting in the Spring of 2012 in Beaumont. What kind of church will it be? How will it be different? These are questions I've heard over and over. They are good questions. Let me make a few things clear about the church. First we will be confessional. Our church planting partners will be those that affirm the Baptist Faith and Message and our church members must affirm the Abstract of Principles (1858). The doctrines articulated in these statements of faith will represent the doctrinal positions of our church. Our members must agree principally to these doctrines and agree to encourage unity regarding them.
Second, we will be organic in structure. That may sound like a contradiction but it is not. The Bible provides clear structure for the local church-- recognized membership, two offices of leadership (pastor and deacon), discipline, and congregational worship on the Lord's Day. However we will seek to be organic in those areas where Scripture gives us liberty. Rather than prescribe programs for evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, etc we will grow in these areas through organic methods such as home-based groups. We will utilize these groups and the relationships they foster to advance the gospel and grow in the areas previously mentioned (more on this point in my next post).
Third, we will be missional. I know this is an overused and at times abused term but I am using it for its simpliest meaning. To be missional is to live out the mission to spread the gospel every day and in every way. We will teach and expect our members to be missional. The context of the home groups will provide a platform for this missional living. Finally, and most important, we will be Biblical. I pray this is not unique. In fact I know of many Biblical churches and we aim to add to their number for the glory of our King. The Bible will be at the center of all that we do-- in worship, in our fellowship, and in our corporate witness as a congregation.