that the Biblical pattern for the church is consistent
growth, we will develop the North Park Baptist Church
ministry with growth in mind. The "growth rings"
of church ministry begin with the cultivation of
relationships to prepare for the sowing of the gospel
seed reaped at conversion. The next growth ring
helps to strengthen the plant. By introducing basic
nutrients to stimulate healthy root development
and stabilize the stem, the plant is then capable
of supporting fruit. The third growth ring involves
equipping the growing plant with specialize skills
so that it may "branch out" into areas
of specific ministry. The fourth ring helps mobilize
the well-structured plant so that it may bear "much
fruit". Subsequent rings are added which allow
for the now mature plant to lead in the multiplication
local church's view of the purpose of the church
and philosophy of ministry will impact the practical
implementation of a strategy for missions. It will
have influence on the church services, facilities,
financial strategy, and view of outreach.
order to accomplish the main purpose of bringing
glory to Christ, our Head, we must focus upon:
growth: which includes building a firm
foundation, emphasizing discipleship, growing
the membership, and leadership development.
Quantity growth: which includes
receiving new members, facilities development
to meet the needs of the growing ministry, and,
strategic and purposeful assimilation of all members
into the ministry of the local church.
Extension growth: which includes
reaching out to the community and starting new
works in our community, other regions, and worldwide.