As I set forth do ministry through the Apostolate of Saint Chad, my desire is that the following values be expressed in all we do:

 

CHRIST CENTERED – We believe that God, who is perfectly displayed in the person of Jesus Christ, created the world for loving relationship, and in response to our rejection of him, set in place a great rescue plan focused on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This plan would bring all things back to what they were intended to be. We feel that through faith in Jesus Christ we are challenged to live a life of worshiping him as we journey this life together.

 

BEING SPIRIT-LED – This means doing things God’s way, not our own way. Jesus promise was that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide us. We desire a constantly deepening relationship with God and will seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all that we do. It is through our personal daily relationship with the Lord, that we will humbly attempt to put God first in all things. We are committed to operating according to God’s ways and plans, not our own.

 

SPIRITUAL FORMATION – The process of nurturing an intimate relationship with God, encompassing heart, soul, and mind. Spiritual Formation is obedience to the Word of Christ and an intentional commitment to grow, study, pray, and be held accountable for our life and witness, both before God and one another. We are formed into Christ’s likeness by steps, not leaps and bounds. Spiritual growth and maturity take place over time and require being intentional.

 

FAMILY- The body of believers is supposed to be closer to us than our own families (Matt. 12:46, Luke 14:26). Jesus said that “all people will know you are my disciples if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). He also prayed that his disciples would be so “perfectly one” that the world may believe that the Father sent Jesus (John 17:20-23).

Let’s be honest—so often we don’t even know the people in our churches, much less exhibit this supernatural type of unity and love. And if we’re even more honest, we’d admit that it’s much easier to try to invite someone to a church service with a cool band, an excellent children’s program, an amazing speaker, and a comfortable building than actually loving that person with Christ’s love. Being part of our biological family is hard enough, so showing this other-worldly type of love that God demands requires real sacrifice and his Spirit every day.

In a family, no one is left out. Every person’s needs should be cared for (Acts 4:32-34), and the family takes it upon itself to care for its members. This is a kind of love that points people to Jesus.

 

MISSION – Because we are centered in Christ we are defined by the mission of God. We see ourselves as a sent people, being called to take the Gospel to our culture in word and action. We believe that the church is not a building but a people, called to incarnate God’s message of love with our lives. We are missionaries to our community and recognize that church should be lived out in these communities. We take seriously the “go” in the Great Commission and believe that it is through real relationships with each other and our neighbors that God will work to bring people to accept and participate in God’s redeeming plan.

 

Jesus himself had his twelve disciples, and there came a time when he no longer called them servants, but friends (John 15:15). Paul also called the believers in his care to grow up into the full maturity of faith in Christ (Eph. 4:13).

Often it’s all too easy to attend a church for years and years without ever being equipped to serve and live out the gospel. As consumers of church, we come in, get filled up by the worship and message, and then our only option is to come back week after week to get filled up again and again. However, if all we ever do is consume, how do we ourselves ever become fishers of men? (Matt. 4:19).

We’ve found that in a smaller setting, people are more disposed to build up the body using their particular gifts for the benefit of others (1 Cor. 12:7-31). New leaders are continually being trained because the group starts preparing to multiply from the outset. They are trained in the specific theological and practical concepts necessary to lead God’s people.

Just as children are expected to grow up and move out of the home, all members are being prepared to be able to stand on their own (Heb. 5:11-14).

As followers of Christ, we are called to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19-20). In a lot of our church experiences, however, we’re used to inviting our friends to church so that the pastor can tell them about Jesus, not us. Yet, this isn’t the job of the pastor—it’s the mission of every follower of Jesus.

We all spend our weeks in different mission fields: our neighborhoods, schools, offices, gyms, coffee shops, and more, so we come together and pray for each other to stir one another up for boldness. While we can be sure that persecution will come as we share the gospel (2 Tim. 3:12-13), we can stand firm together in one faith (Phil. 1:27-30).

The Sent Life