As we see in Scripture and lived out in our own experiences, God does everything in the context of relationships (Genesis 1:26-27). We were created for relationships with Him and others (Genesis 2:18). His commands are relational (Exodus 20:1-27). The Christian is to be living out his/her faith in relationships (Galatians 5:22-26).
God also gave the church a purpose, a calling, a commission (Matthew 28:18-20). We are to make disciples. This is to be the mission of the church.
What is the mission of Buck Creek Baptist Church? Why do we exist?
“To make biblical disciples in relational environments”
What is a disciple? How do we define a disciple?
“Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
In Jesus’ invitation to the disciples, He also gave us the definition. A disciple is one who is:
1. Following Jesus
2. Being changed by Jesus
3. On mission with Jesus
This involves partnership with Jesus Christ!! Christ is the One who leads, changes, gives us purpose and send us out!
What is our vision? What is our desire at Buck Creek? Knowing that discipleship is a partnership with Christ, our vision is that each member would,
How do we seek to accomplish the mission and vision of the church? The discipleship process is what we affectionately call the discipleship wheel (click the wheel to enlarge). Our desire is to Help people to a relationship with God and others. To help them grow to be all God has for them (Ephesians 4:11-16). This begins as we SHARE, CONNECT, MINISTER, and DISCIPLE.
We believe that the mission, vision, process and values work together to accomplish the purpose of His church- Being a disciple making church.
What will Buck Creek Baptist Church value?
1. Biblical foundation for Relationship (Bible and Relationships)
We believe that we are designed to be in relationship with God first and foremost, and secondly we are designed to be in relationship with others. The purpose of the church is to make disciples of Jesus, who can make disciples of Jesus. We do this with the understanding that relationship is the key vehicle.
2. Intentional Leader (Leaders who love God, love others and lead us to become disciple-makers ourselves)
This leader understands that part of their role is to reach the lost, make disciples of Jesus and create Christ-centered environments where disciple making can happen. They are learning where a person is spiritually and what is needed to help them grow.
3. Relational Environment (Small Groups, mentoring relationships)
This is a group of 3-18 people, facilitated by a leader who is intentionally modeling spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-26). The people involved are doing life together with a kingdom mindset. The relationships go beyond the small group time, they move from strangers to friendships. These relationships press into areas of privacy, transparency and vulnerability.
4. Reproducible Disciple Making Process (Being disciple-making disciples)
This is the process for developing people towards Christ-likeness. This includes three parts. "My part" (the disciple), "their part" (the disciplee), and "God's part." This leader understands the 5 stages of growth. They can identify where a person is spiritually, and help them mature and grow at each stage of the spiritual growth process. (See the wheel pictured above.)
5. Church Alignment (unity in relationships, philosophy, theology, and organizational structure)
For the church to move forward in the mission, there must be unity and alignment (Amos 3:3 NLT). There are four key areas of alignment to equip the church in its purpose of making disciples: Relational, Philosophical, Theological and Organizational.
Much of what you see here comes from the Immersion Conferences of the SCBC and Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, ID