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Here is a summary of some important principles which shape 12Church
- The primary purpose of any single church is to glorify God by making disciples/followers of Jesus Christ
- Disciples are best made by churches whose efforts balance winning the lost, building believers, equipping workers and multiplying leaders
- Churches need clarity about what a disciple is and what it then means to “make a disciple.”
- The activities of each church (ministries, programs, staffing, budgets) should be determined by what is needed to achieve this
- Biblical church leadership is an essential foundation for church health and effectiveness
- Christian leaders are called to lead first by example, to “be what we are calling God’s people to become”
- The greatest current challenges to the church are internal not external, and can often be traced to an absence of deliberate disciple-making
- Ministry should be carried out in a way that is sustainable over the long term, not requiring pastors or lay people to sacrifice physical, spiritual or family health
- The discipleship of children is the responsibility of Christian parents. Churches should equip parents for such discipleship
- Centralized church facilities are often a hindrance to disciple-making, and will increasingly be so in a hostile culture.
- Denominational alignment and loyalty, while never superseding loyalty to Jesus Christ or the Word, can be a contributor to healthy and effective churches.
- The primary purpose of any denominational structure is to aid local churches in the task of making disciples locally and globally.
- Disciple-making is a partnership with the One to whom all authority has been given. Therefore those joining him in his mission are assured of his presence and power through the Holy Spirit.
- Disciples makes disciples.