The reason for Santa Rosa Alliance Church’s existence (our vision) can be summarized in a single sentence:
“Transforming lives through connecting people from all cultures to the love of God.”
This vision statement will permeate every aspect of this church as God grows us in the future. Every ministry, every program, every strategy will serve to fulfill this vision as to why we exist as a church.
This vision statement is based upon the key scripture called the Great Commission:
(Jesus) “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20
In the original Greek, the only command is to “make disciples.” The Great Commission cannot be artificially divided into evangelism and discipleship. We obey this command by going, baptizing and teaching. A paraphrase of this verse could read as follows:
“Therefore, make disciples in all the world by going out, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.”
Christians are called to be more than just “soul winners;” they are to be involved with Christ in making people into disciples (fully devoted followers) of Christ. Thus, a fully devoted follower of Christ is a disciple-making disciple.
We desire to know Jesus Christ as Savior, Sanctifier, Healer and Coming King. We will fulfill Jesus' commission by evangelizing and discipling people from all cultures.
1. Connect people to God primarily through our worship services.
2. Connect people to others primarily through our small groups.
3. Connect people to serving the world primarily through our ministry teams and small groups.
1. Life Transformation: We believe that all preaching and teaching should be focused on transformation, not just information. We strive to teach God’s Word with integrity and authority so that seekers find Christ and believers mature in Him (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rom. 12:7; James 1:23-25).
2. Lost People: We believe lost people matter to God, and therefore, should matter to us. We will use every available Christ-honoring means to pursue, win, and disciple them through our worship services, small groups and ministry teams (Luke 19:10; 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matt. 18:14).
3. Connecting to God: We desire to acknowledge God’s supreme value and worth in our personal lives and in the corporate worship of our church (whether in small groups or in a large church gathering). We believe that our worship services must model authentic worship and provide the opportunity to begin to learn how to love God (Rom. 12:1-2).
4. Connecting to Others: We believe that our small groups are the best place to connect to others. We believe that we are called to be a church of small groups, not a church with small groups. The best way for learning how to carry out Ephesians 4:11-12 is through the context of small groups.
5. Connecting to Serving the World: We believe every believer is called to be a ministering missionary. We seek to equip all our uniquely designed and gifted people to effectively accomplish the work of ministry and outreach, primarily through the context of ministry teams and small groups (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Cor. 12 and 14; Rom. 12; Ps. 133:1). Accordingly, we provide opportunities for a person to develop and use their gifts within a local church ministry. However, we also recognize that five of the biggest problems on earth are spiritual emptiness, a lack of servant leaders, poverty, disease, and illiteracy/education. We believe the church of God is the only institution that’s big enough to address them. Since these problems impact us at the national, state, and local level, we seek to be a church that partners with our communities (Matt. 10:5-16) to Plant small groups/ministry centers/churches, Equip values-driven organizations, Assist the poor, Care for the sick, and Educate the next generation.
6. Cultural Relevance: We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure. We will become immersed in and infiltrate our culture without conforming to it (i.e., insulated, not isolated). We will constantly evaluate our methods and strategies for creativity and innovation to maximize ministry effectiveness for Christ (1 Cor. 9:19-23; 1 Chronicles 12:32; Rom. 12:2).
7. Ministry Excellence: Since God gave His best, we seek to honor Him by maintaining a high standard of excellence in all our ministries and activities. This means we will always strive to present our best with what God has given us (Col. 3:17,23-24; Mal. 1:6-14; Prov. 27:17).
8. Servant Leadership: We believe the primary role of any leadership is not to ‘be in charge’ but to display personal, spiritual strength as a servant. Leadership should lead strongly through example by loving passionately and sacrificially (Mark 10:45; Matt. 20:28; John 13).
9. Essential Beliefs: Since we all come from different religious, cultural, etc. backgrounds, we believe that in the essential beliefs, we must have unity (Eph. 4:4-6); in nonessential beliefs, we must allow liberty (Rom. 14); and in all our beliefs, we must practice love (1 Cor. 13).
10. Knowing and obeying God’s Word is fundamental to all true success. Joshua 1:8
11. Completing the Great Commission will require the mobilization of every fully devoted disciple. Matthew 28:19
12. Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can accomplish nothing. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
13. Achieving God’s purposes means taking faith-filled risks. This always involves change. Hebrews 11:6