Christ Church Pinetown  

Knowing Jesus and Making Him Known

The Ministry Model of Christ Church Pinetown

                                                                                                              

A living document


God’s Vision

To glorify God by seeing lives transformed by the Holy Spirit through the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.


If this is what God desires, our Mission (what we aim to do) must match God’s Vision….


Christ Church Pinetown’s Mission

Is to bring 10% of Pinetown to Christ, growing them in knowing Christ and making Him known to others, thereby establishing them as active partners of CCP.


To achieve this Mission, various Purposes or (designed aims) need to be carried out….


Christ Church Pinetown’s Designed Aims Are:

1. Magnification of God. (Isaiah 48:9; Ezekiel 36:22; John 12:28; Ephesians 1:12; Psalms 19:1; 1 Corinthians 10:31).   

2. Membership. (Romans 12:5).

3. Maturity.  (Colossians 1:9-14, 28; Ephesians 4:15; Matthew 28:18-20)

4. Ministry/Serving. (Mark 10:45; 1 Peter 4:10; Ephesians 4:16; Matthew 16:27; 25:3-46; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

5. Mission/Reaching Out to Pinetown.


These Designed Aims Are Discussed in The Pages That Follows:


Designed Aim:

MAGNIFICATION OF GOD

God desires His glory above all else. This is an enormous claim, but the one that the Bible strongly supports. God says through His prophet Isaiah:

9 “For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to cut you off. 10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. 11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” (Isaiah 48:9-11).

 The simple explanation of God’s Glory is His Excellence, His Radiance, His Brilliance, Power, and Majesty. Everything is to be for His acclaim.

 The very purpose of us being chosen in Him was that “we might be be for the praise of His Glory” (Ephesians 1:12)

 We are to live for the Glory of God. - Whatever we do, we must do it all for  the Glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Magnification of God is all of life—both together as a church, and at home. Because of this:

We will center our gatherings on the preaching of God’s Gospel and help people to gladly adore God with their affections as they build each other up.

With This In Mind, Our Determined Outputs In Magnifying God Are:

 To Glorify God by Enjoying Him forever.

 For hearts, soul and minds to be captured by God.

 To develop deep honest affections of joy, gratitude, awe and love for God.                                 

 For Christ Church Pinetown members to relentlessly pursue the Glory of God.

 God centeredness rather than self-centeredness expressed in other person centeredness.


MEMBERSHIP

In the Bible, two of the most common images of the church are the family and body. Together, these images show us a great deal about how we are to live together. As a family, we are related because we have the same Heavenly Father. Like any family, we are to look out for each other, share each other’s burdens and care for one another.


Like a body, we all the body parts are connected for the greater good, we are to serve one another with various God given gifts and resources. Paul says in Romans 12:5 as members of Christ’s church we belong to one another. When one part hurts, we all hurt and when one part is honored, we are all honored.


Whilst recognizing that church is for believers, we seek to provide a channel for non-believers to become believers and part of the family of God. For these reasons,

We will strive to build a community where believers give and receive practical care to one another and where new people are connected to our local church.


Our determined outputs in membership are:

1. That Christians within our church will enjoy a sense of real community, expressed in genuine love and care for one another.

2. That all newcomers are warmly welcomed into our church and encouraged to connect with Jesus and His people.


MATURITY

God’s amazing work of transforming people doesn’t end with moving people from death to life. It continues by the power of the Holy Spirit, as they live lives worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in every way.


Our labor and longing is the same as Paul – to present everyone perfect in Christ.

 Ephesians 4:15 – Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.”

 Colossians 1:28 – “Him we proclaim, warning everyone & teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”


We will disciple Christians to grow in their faith, hope and love and make gospel-driven decisions in all their life as we grapple together with God’s Word.


Our determined outputs in maturity are therefore:

o To obedient to Jesus’ command to be disciple-making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), being people who are able to pass onto everyone (believers & unbelievers) around them, what they themselves have received.

o That every believer be regularly engaging with God’s Word individually and corporately, desiring to live in obedience to it.

o That the believer’s relationship with God be expressed in a commitment to personal, private prayer.

o That believers will be loving and accountable to one another.


MINISTRY

At the heart of who Jesus is, lies a man who came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). The depth of Jesus’ sacrifice was to give his very own life so that all of humanity’s sins might be paid for which is something only He could do. Because of what Jesus has done for us, we deem it an absolute honor, privilege & joy to serve Him with our time, talents and treasure. We have been saved to serve, and equipped with the Holy Spirit to glorify God through serving.


As those who are a part of Christ’s body, every Christian has been given a gift (I Peter 4:10). With that comes a specific job to do as we each function as different parts of the body (cf. Ephesians 4:16). Each contribution is vital in building up the body of Christ. Our Lord will reward individuals on the last day based on how faithfully they have exercised those gifts for the body (Matt.16:27; I Cor.3:10-15).


Therefore, in Christian ministry we will encourage & equip all God’s people to embrace a lifestyle of sacrificially serving one another in both formal & informal church ministries.


Our determined Outputs in Ministry are:

o That every believer be aware of the needs and opportunities that exist within the CCP body.

o That every believer identify the gifts God has given them and unleased for works of service for the good of the body, whilst being supported and equipped along the way.

o That every believer who calls CCP their spiritual home actively volunteers in at least one area within the body.


MISSION

Christians were made for mission. God is at work in the world & wants us to join Him. God invites us to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse and most significant cause in history – the Kingdom of God. As those who enjoy salvation, Christians are to go out and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our greatest responsibility is first and foremost to proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus in Pinetown.


However, we are also committed to bring the gospel of grace to all nations. These goals will be achieved by training Christians at Christ Church Pinetown in personal evangelism so that everyone is able to share the gospel simply with non-Christians, engaging in corporate evangelism through hosting planned events; planning Sunday services; partnering in global evangelism by supporting, sending & praying for missionaries and the multiplication of gospel ministry, locally and internationally.



Our determined outputs in mission are therefore:

o That every believer knows what the gospel is, and is not.

o That every believer be able to articulate their own testimony

o That every believer can present the gospel simply.

o That every believer has a deep sense of urgency in the light of heaven and hell.


Therefore, we will actively look for every opportunity to evangelize everyone we come into contact with and help Christians to engage our community and world for this purpose.