Theological Foundations

When we speak of baptismal ministry we refer to our lifelong engagement as members of the
Church of Jesus Christ, living a life of love of God and love of our neighbor for God's sake in Christ.

Such living is based upon, but not limited to, the following principles:

~ the Church, the body of Christ, exists to carry out God's mission

~ ministry happens in all of life's endeavors

~ learning in ministry begins with preparation for baptism and continues until death; it is experiential and lifelong

~ the Gospel must be engaged afresh in every context, every time, and every place

~ every person has a unique configuration of gifts; no one is omnicompetent

~ no person is indispensable; every person is irreplaceable

~ the Spirit equips every congregation with what it needs to do what God is calling it to do

~ congregations are not problems to be solved; like individuals, each has a unique pattern of gifts and opportunities which shape its ministry; ministries are not slots to be filled

~ the local congregation or community of faith calls people to offices and specific ministries


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