Vision



Vision and Purpose Statement of Pastor Jeffrey L. Gowen for Angola Assembly of God:
                                               “TO KNOW CHRIST, TO MAKE HIM KNOWN”

COMMITMENTS TO OUR MISSION AND VISION:


1. PRAYER


We commit ourselves to making prayer the highest priority of the church demonstrated by:
•    Our church becoming a house of prayer for all nations.
•    Emphasizing communication with God as the highest privilege and greatest responsibility

      of every member.
•    Modeling by all church leadership of an active and effective prayer life.
•    Uniting with other believers in corporate and intercessory prayer.

      (Isa. 56:7; Mark 11:17; Rom. 8:26; 1 Cor. 14:14, 15; I Thess. 5:17; I Tim. 2:1-4, 8; James 5:14, 15)


2. PENTECOSTAL DISTINCTIONS
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We are called to be an Acts chapter 2 church desiring the power of the Holy Spirit to be evident in all that we do.  Without the anointing we are just a form of godliness with no power.  I desire that every believer be filled with the Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as in the book of Acts. I also desire the Gifts of the Spirit to be in operation in our church.  I desire our church to be a powerful witness to our community and abroad.
We commit ourselves to gather regularly as the local expression of the Body of Christ to participate in Pentecostal worship that exalts God, engages the heart, mind and soul, and challenges to deeper commitment and discipleship. This commitment will be demonstrated by:


•    Equipping pastors and other worship leaders to lead authentically expressed, spiritually

      alive worship.
•    Modeling varying styles and forms of worship that glorify God and encouraging outreach

      and service.
•    Emphasizing the importance of Biblical stewardship and the centrality of God’s Word as

      elements of worship.

      (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:4;John 4:24; Psalm 29:2; Rom. 12:1; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Isa. 58; Mat. 25:31-46)


3. WORLD EVANGELIZATION
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We commit ourselves to intentionally reaching the unconverted, baptizing them in water, and leading them to unite with the church. This commitment will be demonstrated by:


•    Viewing all the nations of the world as our mission field.
•    Encouraging our church to adopt and intercede for an unreached people group. Resource 

      materials will be provided by the World Missions Department.
•    Asking our church to adopt and implement measurable steps to evangelize and disciple

      unreached people groups inside and outside of our own regions (Matthew 28:18-20; 

      Romans 15:19-24; Revelation 5:9).
•    Encouraging our church to increase a minimum of 10% per year through conversion

      growth.
•    Cultivating a genuine passion for the lost that will compel members to personally

      communicate the gospel of Jesus and demonstrate His love to those outside the faith.
•    Discipling new believers and passing on our faith to the next generation.
•    Practicing life-style evangelism.

      (Mat. 9:37-38; Mat. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8; Rom. 10:13-15)


4. CHURCH PLANTING
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We commit ourselves to identifying, training and resourcing God-called church planters and to intentionally planting new life-giving churches. This commitment will be demonstrated by:
•    Affirming the different models of church planting for different situations.
•    Recognizing church planting as an apostolic ministry for our day.

      (Mat. 16:18; John 4:35; Acts 2:47; 14:23; Eph. 5:25-28)


5. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
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We commit ourselves to identifying and developing individuals whom God has called and given leadership gifts and challenging them to become servant-leaders. We will demonstrate our commitment by:


•    Creating an environment in which men and women with ministry gifts are developed to

      serve as servant-leaders.
•    Equipping, empowering and releasing lay leaders to serve as ministry partners both inside

      and outside the local church.
•    Providing relevant resources and training opportunities for both clergy and laity.
•    As Lead Pastor I want to communicate the vision to the congregation and to organize the body and each of its ministry groups so the vision can be realized.
(Mark 3:13-15; 2 Tim. 2:2; 2:15; 3:14-17; Eph. 4:11-13)


6. CARE
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We commit ourselves to the challenge of being a church that genuinely cares for one another and for those who are lost, hurting and needy. We will demonstrate our commitment by:


•    Building loving, caring relationships within families, between members, and within the

       community we serve.
•    Obeying the Care Commission of Christ in Matthew 25.
•    Cultivating compassion and showing mercy to the unloved, the undesirable and the 

       unreached of our society.
•    Establishing in our church some type of outreach ministry that demonstrates our genuine

      concern and love for the disadvantaged or oppressed.

       (Psa. 86:15; Mat. 25; Luke6:36; Acts 20:28)


7. INTERDEPENDENCE
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We commit ourselves to the principle of interdependence, acknowledging our interconnectedness and dependence on all the members of the Body of Christ. We will demonstrate our commitment by:


•    Reaching out to others in the Body of Christ for collaboration, resource sharing and

       learning opportunities.
•    Encouraging our church to build relationships with like-minded and like-hearted churches

      in our community to work together to reach the lost.
•    Engaging in dialogue and partnership with local, national and international organizations 

      who seek to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ.

      (Col. 2:19; 1 Cor. 12:14-31; Gal. 6:1-6)

Rev. Jeffrey L. Gowen
Lead Pastor, Angola Assembly of God