1. We are Biblical
We are biblically (scripturally) sound in both our belief (doctrine/teaching) and practice (ministry/function - what we do). We are committed to teaching and preaching the whole Gospel. We desire to be a people of the Word. People who know the Word. People who believe the Word. People who live out & obey the Word. People who share the Word.
2. We are a Spirit-Filled Church
We encourage and desire to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Further, to continue to be filled & refilled with the Spirit (be being filled - Ephesians 5:18). Where both the initial evidence (speaking in tongues) and enduring evidences (fruit of the Spirit & power for witness) are experienced and taught.
3. We are Missional
We put a strong focus on local missions (evangelism) beginning in Nymore neighborhood and reaching all of the Bemidji area. We likewise have a strong focus on world missions, being evident in all age groups (BGMC, STL & Missions). We strive to be an outreach/evangelistic people in practice and priority. We must also care for and remember the needy (those in poverty, the widows & orphans, the imprisoned).
4. We are Relational
We're going to put a strong focus on being a healthy community of believers. Since discipleship happens through relationship, we're going to move into a small group focus. The point of small groups is not merely fellowship (in social context - where it begins), but discipleship (where we gather to grow in Christ together). Our goal is that everyone gets connected in Christ-centered relationships and life groups.
5. We are Family-Focused
If we are to make a difference in this community, in being Missional...we must be intentional in reaching and ministering to the whole family.