Two core beliefs guide the way we do things at Grace: a belief in the priesthood of all believers and a belief that worship is a 24/7 response to God's grace in our lives.
Worship is our lifestyle response to the way God has reached out to each of us in His grace. That response will include being more fully the people He's created us to be and offering all of who we are for His service. We trust that God brings the unique people He wants to this church in order to shape our community according to His plans. We believe that every member is called to serve in a unique way and that the church body builds itself up in love and knowledge as each individual uses the unique gifts God has given them.
Because of all this, we try to allow ministries and programs to flow out of the unique relationships and gifts of our community. We gather together in various structured and unstructured settings to support each other and grow in spiritual maturity so that we might live our lives worthy of the calling to which God has called us to (Ephesians 4:1).
A question we frequently get asked is, "Who's the senior pastor around here?" Rather than looking to a particular individual to lead our church we have adopted a shared-model of senior leadership. Under the direction of the Elders, Mark Page and Dave Gundlach serve as co-lead staff pastors of Grace. Dave serves as our primary Sunday morning teaching pastor while Mark focuses on pastoral discipleship, leadership and oversight to our staff, ministries and operations. This shared model of senior leadership allows us to empower our leaders according their unique giftedness, without requiring any one of them to be all things to all people
In an effort to facilitate the ministry of the entire church, we have empowered certain staff members to work in a full or part-time capacity. Staff members each fill specific roles in order to spiritually shepherd our congregation in a variety of contexts and life stages. Whether its our ministry to adults, youth or children, or handling the various administrative needs of the church, our staff enhances the collective ministry of Grace Fellowship Church.
Healthy leadership requires healthy leaders. With this in mind, we work hard to provide our staff with an environment that is life-giving and a schedule that is sustainable over many years of ministry.
Jesus calls biblically qualified men to lead His church as elders. The primary responsibility of elders is to serve as spiritual overseers of the church. The elders are involved in a number of duties such as praying, teaching and discipleship, leading the vision for the church, determining church policy, caring for the people of the church and protecting sound doctrine.
Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. These qualifications include a mature faith, faithful leadership in the home, faithful service in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible, and a good reputation both in and out of the church. We believe there are many benefits to a plurality of godly leaders. Their combined counsel and wisdom helps assure that decisions are not self-willed or self-serving to a single individual.
The Scriptures teach that all who authentically believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior from a heart changed by God immediately become members of the universal church. Therefore all those who have authentic belief in Jesus Christ and attend Grace are members of this church.
We give financially as part of our worship to God. As worshippers, we are called to bow all of who we are before all of who God is, and that includes the area of our treasures. We believe that the giving which pleases God comes from a heart of gratitude and from an understanding that all we have comes from God. While we don't pass offering plates, we have offering boxes located throughout our facility and encourage regular giving of all members within the context of worship.
We affirm the sacraments of the believer's baptism and the Lord's Supper as practiced in the New Testament.