Pentecostal Church of God
151 Lanark, San Antonio, Texas 78218
"Our vision is to be a church with a passion for the Lord, with a vision to reach the lost -preaching the Gospel to every person and making disciples of all nations; teaching believers to be leaders, and mentoring members for service to the Lord. Our vision will be facilitated as we commit to being a church of prayer, worship, discipleship and evangelism."
WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST…IN PRAYER
I. We commit ourselves to being a house of prayer for God's word says ...for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.... Isaiah 56:7. We shall accomplish this goal through the following means:
a. The leadership shall be examples to our congregation in our dedication to prayer and as the Lord leads in fasting as well.
b. We shall teach and preach the power of prayer and the necessity of praying through as we tarry at the altar or in the personal prayer closet.
c. We shall facilitate our congregation's prayer life in having designated, regular times of prayer.
1) The leadership shall have a time of united prayer prior to each service.
2) We shall encourage extended times of prayer around the altar prior to and after each service.
3) We shall have a weekly evening meeting designated solely for prayer.
4) We shall have daily early Morning Prayer at the church.
5) We shall call special prayer services as the Lord directs.
6) We shall establish a prayer chain for emergency prayer needs within the church.
d. We shall respond to needs for prayer outside the church as the need arises.
II. WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST...IN WORSHIP.
A. We commit ourselves to anointed worship-to glorify God in Spirit and in truth through our unashamed and extravagant love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
B. We commit ourselves to be a church that lives in, and for, the glory of God.
C. We commit ourselves to achieve these goals through our submission to the Holy Spirit and by actively teaching our members to seek and desire the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We will encourage our members to submit to the Holy Spirit in being used in the Gifts of the Spirit so that, as we worship in the spirit, we will also be edified by the Holy Spirit.
D. In our endeavor to enable every believer to become a true worshipper, we will ask the Lord to anoint, gifted worship leaders and we will equip them in every way possible as they lead our congregation in authentically expressed, spiritually alive worship to the Lord.
A. We commit ourselves to personal spiritual growth and discipleship. It is God's will for every believer to mature in Christ-like character. Spiritual formation brings glory to our Creator and Savior and validates our witness to the world. We will use every effective means to spiritually develop members and to prepare continuing generations for service.
B. We commit to provide, through an anointed Christian education program, appropriate discipleship for new converts and those who are already Christians, of all ages.
C. We commit ourselves to training and equipping. We will diligently train new church leaders, as they are provided by the Lord, to provide anointed leadership and ministry in specific areas of the church. As the Lord blesses and grows our church we shall seek to establish the following ministries:
IV. WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ...IN EVANGELISM
A. We commit ourselves to a renewed and anointed passion for evangelism.
B. We commit ourselves to teaching our members that as Spirit filled believers; we are equipped, through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, to evangelize our community, nation and world.
C. We commit ourselves to teach that every member is responsible for reaching the lost for Christ.
D. We commit ourselves to ensure that
every ministry of our church is compelled by the lost nature of humanity.
We will reach out to the oppressed, wounded and lost withthe love
and compassion of God, being empowered by the Holy Spirit. With God's
help, we will reach every home and every culture in our neighborhood
and community with an anointed witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We will use every
E. We commit ourselves to establishing new, Pentecostal Church of God churches and mission points throughout the San Antonio area. We will ask the Lord to provide God-called pastors for these churches. We will help these new churches as they grow into effective, powerful, light-bearing churches of faith, which pierce through the darkness of evil to reach their neighborhoods and the city of San Antonio.
F. We commit ourselves to ministries
of compassion. As the Lord provides, we will touch the poor and the
suffering with the compassion of Christ and will demonstrate His love
in practical ways, providing food, clothing and medical care. Through
our church and missions points, we will minister to total human need,
both spiritual and
G. We commit ourselves with unrelenting passion to the great cause of worldwide missions.
b. We shall seek to extend the bonds of partnership with our missionaries around the world through prayer and financial support.
c. We shall teach and preach the vital nature of missions in our church. This will ensure that our members will be made aware of the need so that they may share in our burden for the lost throughout our world. We shall achieve this goal by the following means:
1) We shall have a monthly missions emphasis which will serve to introduce church members to a specific mission field and that field' missionaries. This will be facilitated by bulletin inserts, pre-service presentations (i.e. PowerPoint or overhead projector presentations), as well as a monthly missions service.
2) We shall have an annual missions
convention which will last 3 days. We shall invite stateside missionaries
to address our congregation. This will serve to instill a passion
and burden for missions at home and abroad.
I. We will actively seek, depend on
and yield to the working of the Holy Spirit. The world we live in
desperately needs to see Jesus in us through the fruit of the Spirit.
We will endeavor with every ounce of our strength to embrace and grow
in His gifts and graces. We will press in to manifest more of His
power. We reaffirm the baptism in the Holy Spirit to be a God-appointed
blessing, one that Jesus did not intend to be
J. We will serve our Lord in a cooperative
spirit. We will do everything possible to work together in harmony
and not in competition. We will be a people united by God in the recognition
that there is "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and
Father of all" (Eph 4:5-6a). We will lay aside self-serving promotion
and stand ready to encourage and support the ministry of others knowing
that we are laborers together with the Lord.
SUMMARY OF OUR VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
We humbly ask the Lord of the harvest
for a new boldness, a new vision, a new
With our whole hearts, we ask God to fill us anew with the Holy Spirit and enable us to speak the Word of God boldly (Acts 4:31b).
We are committed to making "disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything" that Jesus Christ commanded (Matthew 28:19, 20a).