Mission is God's timeless and unchanging direction. It is the same for every church and found most explicitly in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39) and Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Yet God directs each local church to participate in this mission in unique ways. Based upon the distinctive values, strengths, and opportunities of Grace Bible Church, God has directed us to focus our efforts on...
"RAISING UP NEXT GENERATION LEADERS TO REACH OUR WORLD FOR CHRIST"
To accomplish this mission we seek to be ...
a university/family church
that exists to … worship God and multiply worshippers throughout the world
that is empowered by … God’s Spirit, Word and grace in Christ
and by focusing on …
the strategic value of equipping university students,
the power of integrating mature families with university students,
and the obligation of world missions
If our ultimate goal is that people would worship God everywhere in the world, then the greatest contribution our church can make is through unifying strong family and university ministries around the common goal of raising up a surplus of godly college age servant-leaders who can impact our city, nation, and world for Christ. We firmly believe that students are the future leaders of business, government, religion, science, education, and most importantly they will lead in the arena of ideas. Students have been the impetus for the great revivals of history. They are largely receptive to the gospel, or at least willing to dialogue about any topic, including God. Once saved, students are the group most receptive to devoting their entire lives to the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
We also believe that our ability to raise up a surplus of college leaders will never exceed the strength of our family ministry. Mature families are the foundation of our church. Ministries to families and college students are not competitive but complementary; they are synergistic ministries. The college program cannot be truly successful without a vibrant family ministry. One of our students’ greatest needs during college is to see models of healthy Christian families who are actively involved in serving Christ through personal discipleship and bearing witness in the marketplace. Our family ministry cannot be truly successful without a vibrant college ministry, which provides our families with a strategic opportunity to selflessly fulfill the Great Commission.
We invest great resources in both our family and college ministries so that we can most effectively participate in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We believe that the university/family model is so effective that in time our vision is to help other churches multiply this model throughout the world.