To love God and people and to make disciples.
To bring wholeness to the world through healthy biblical communities of holy people multiplying disciples, leaders, groups and churches.
How do we get there? How do we become a church that is whole, filled with whole people, bringing wholeness to a broken and impoverished world in the context of health, growth and multiplication? Here are nine strategies:
We will raise up godly and competent leaders who support our vision and passionately make disciples. We will identify these leaders within our churches and provide opportunities for recruitment, internship and service.
We will work to improve the health of every local church by creating measurable expectations and regular assessments. We will create and utilize training materials that focus on church health.
We will place the same priority on discipleship and service as we do on our services of worship. By valuing and measuring holiness, service and obedience, we will increase the fruitfulness of the good news in our communities.
We will increase the global and local influence of our churches by encouraging engagement with worldwide ministries and helping churches to better impact their communities.
We will encourage partnerships with like-minded ministries. These mutually beneficial relationships give us unified voice on social and spiritual issues, as well as more focused skills to fulfill our mission and vision.
We will increase the number of growing and fruitful Free Methodist churches by encouraging and aiding successful leaders and their ministries. We will tell the story of these ministries to the rest of the denomination.
We will increase Free Methodist church planting and ministry in U.S. urban centers by developing lasting ministries and local leaders that multiply themselves throughout our cities.
We will increase multiplication of disciples, leaders, groups, churches and ministries by highlighting exemplary leaders and by changing the way our churches view and report growth.
We will improve our reach to the poor and disenfranchised and create a normalcy for multicultural ministry by rewarding and celebrating churches that minister to the hurting, broken and people unlike themselves.