Regional Priorities

 

 

KINGDOM MINISTRY

The central and greatest message and ministry Jesus had was the proclamation and demonstration that the Kingdom of God has come.

That message and ministry has been entrusted to His followers, who together, are the body of Christ continuing to proclaim and demonstrate the presence and power of the Kingdom now, but not yet in its fullness.  The ministry of the RCA and Far West Region is to manifest that reconciling presence and power toward the restoration of all things… “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

 

VISION

Every classis partnering with God in the kingdom work of transforming lives and communities

MISSION

To partner with Classes in strengthening and starting churches by empowering and equipping leaders

VALUES

1. We dedicate ourselves to living as a biblically functioning community in our relationships and work together as region.(Acts 2:42‐47; Matt 18:15‐17; Rom 12:9‐21) 

2. Jesus Christ is the only hope for the lost people and the churches in our region and world. (Ephesians 1:22‐ 23 and John 14:16, Acts 4:12, 1 Peter 3:15) 

3. We will passionately pursue lost people in order to reconcile them to God. (2 Corinthians 5:18‐20) 

4. All followers of Christ are called to be ministers. (1 Peter 4:10, Ephesians 4:11‐12) 

5. We commit to identify, equip and empower leaders who reproduce themselves in living out the giftedness and call. (2 Timothy 2:2) 

6. Prayer is the power that provides and propels the vision. (James 5:16, Ephesians 6:18,1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Acts 16:9‐10) 

7. We will walk by faith, not by sight as we trust God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide us. (Zechariah 4:6, Hebrews 11:1, Acts 1:8 and 2 Corinthians 5:7) 

8. We will commit ourselves to sow generously believing that God will allow us to reap generously. (2 Corinthians 9:6 and Galatians 6:8‐9) 

 

 PRIORITIES

 

 
 

RIGHT PEOPLE / RIGHT PLACES…a great design 

Assessing and aligning leaders, consistories, churches, classes

  • Pastoral Candidates Identified and Assessed

  • Leadership Assessments and Ministry Alignment

  • Preparation of movement leaders

  • Church Planters Assessed and Coached

HEALTHY CLASSES…a great commandment

Supportive relationships, harmonious systems and accountability

  • Multiple Church Leadership development paths for leaders within the church and for leaders of the church

  • Pastoral Coaching (Individual and Networks)

  • Elder and Deacon Development

  • Aligned with Reformed Theology, BCO and Corporate prudence (bylaws, insurances, etc.)

  • Church Assessments

CONVENER / CATALYST…a great contribution

Creatively gathering for solutions, innovation and next steps

  • Knowledge and Relationships help us lead more faithfully

  • Links churches, classes, region and denomination for best practices, resourcing and initiatives toward common goals

  • Transformed & Transforming Foundations

AN EMPOWERING CULTURAL …a great continuance       

Giving the Holy Spirit freedom to do new works through new leaders

  • Driven from within, empowered followers are initiating and driving ministry

  • Creating and nurturing ministry from the inside out by empowering individuals, teams, congregations and classes

  • Dependence on the Holy Spirit

MISSIONAL CLASSES…a great commission

Outward-focused, missional ministries and church multiplication

  • CAMPUS MINISTRIES as Regional mission for evangelism, incubation site for leadership development and church planter farm team for multiplication (CRC partnerships, etc.)

  • Individuals and institutions free from racism

  • Sow the seeds of church multiplication