As I have thought and thought about the core commitments for a new, gospel-centered church in Dahlonega, there are four core commitments that I see guiding the ministry. The original post had four commitments, but in the past few days I have added two more that I think are essential. So here is the six-pack of core commitments:
#1- IMPASSIONED ORTHODOXY
We will be committed to the Bible as our standard for theological orthodoxy, which is not an end in itself, but is a means to knowing and enjoying God.
#2- RADICAL GRACE
We want the radical message of grace to be the central theme that permeates the church’s worship, teaching, leadership, discipleship, mission, etc.
#3- AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY
We long for a grace-saturated atmosphere that communicates to people, “This is a safe place to be real. We are all broken, sinful people who desperately need Jesus.”
#4- INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP
Utilizing both structured and unstructured aspects of equipping believers as followers of Jesus, at the heart of our mission is an intentional approach to grace-centered, life-on-life discipleship.
#5- HOLISTIC COMPASSION & JUSTICE
A holistic gospel compels us to minister holistic compassion and justice, not only serving spiritual needs, but also meting physical and material needs.
#6- ORGANIC MISSION
We will encourage all the folks in the church to see themselves as missionaries, word and deed ambassadors of the gospel living as “salt and light” in the context of their organic spheres of influence.