It is just one hour on Sunday; yet of all the hours in the week, the one in which the church gathers together for a common purpose and focus, can be, and should be one of the most engaging and life altering hours that we experience. At GFC, we take seriously the privilege and opportunity given to us by God to corporately meet together on a weekly basis. (Acts 2: 42; Hebrews 10:24-25)
It is our desire that the congregation of GFC understand as much of the philosophy behind our weekend services as possible and to know what to expect when they invite others. The following pages are offered by the elders, (our governing board) to assist in that understanding. This document also serves to provide guidelines and direction to those who plan and evaluate our services. While good theology under-girds it, it is a practical paper for uses stated above.
The format identifies three lenses through which our weekend services are viewed. The lenses are:
Mission and Vision
Purpose and Focus
Components and Guiding Principles (Preaching, Music, Prayer, The Arts, Other)
While the broad purposes of our services are defined for us in Scripture, there is also much freedom when it comes to forms. There are many decisions that must be made regarding the forms used in a service. It is through a wise and prayerful use of these three lenses that these decisions are made at GFC.
PLEASE NOTE: No single principle or point stands alone in this paper. It is important that each part be understood as a part of the whole.