No matter what you call it, every church has a set of characteristics which define its everyday activities. These qualities reflect the priorities held by the churches leadership and are communicated to the flock. Together, they define what the leaders believe to be faithfulness to God, within the church and excellence in the community.
But, how many “pillars” should there be? Of all the characteristics God demands to be found in churches, which are important enough to be elevated to be “foundations”?
Harvest Bible Chapel has selected four pillars to be the center and focus of ministry throughout all the churches planted within the fellowship. They are as follows:
Proclaiming the authority of God’s Word without apology.
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” II Timothy 4:2
Lifting high the name of Jesus through worship.
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
Believing firmly in the power of prayer.
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18
Sharing the good news of Jesus with boldness.
“And also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:19-20
What do you think of these destinctives/pillars? Does a church need more to be faithful? Less? Which characteristics are the most important?