Mission and Vision Statement

Mission:
Church of the Open Door exists to ignite a passion for knowing God in all people that through Christ, they may pursue Him with all their being.

Vision:
We will pursue these values and passion for God through a commitment to:   Worship…             Connect…                  Grow…               Reach

Worship

  • Personal living that reflects a continuous attitude of worship of God and translates into more meaningful worship with the body of believers at COD.
  • Celebrating the glory of God through worshipping together.  This worship should be grounded in spirit and truth, culturally relevant and appropriate, and encourage freedom and sincerity of expression as well as active participation  (Ex. 34:14, I Chron. 16:29, Psalm 22:22, Psalm 45:11, Psalm 111:1, John 4:23, Eph. 5:19, Heb. 10:25; 13:15) 
  • Remembrance of the eternal life-giving effect of the grace of God through celebrations of baptism, and the ongoing forgiveness of the grace of God through celebrations of the Lord’s Supper.  (I Cor. 11:23-26, Matt. 28:19, Acts 10:48) 

Connect… 

  • Encouraging every person to build intentional biblical relationships with other believers through which we care for one another’s spiritual, emotional and physical needs (Matt. 25:34-40, Rom. 12:10-13, Rom. 13:8, Gal. 5:13-14, Eph. 4:32, I Pet. 3:8-9, Heb. 3:13)
  • Partnering with and encouraging believers, locally and globally, to increase their passion for God. (Eph. 4:3-6)
  • Emphasizing our role as stewards of the time, talents, finances, and other resources God has given us to be used for the advancement of  His Kingdom  (Gen. 28:22, 2 Sam. 8:11, I Cor. 3:16-17, 2 Cor. 9)
    • Seeking to establish intentional relationships with our neighbors, co-workers and friends so that we may lead them into a relationship with God through Christ and assimilate them into our local believing community.

Grow

  • Biblical teaching that encourages us to grow in our knowledge of God, in our understanding of the magnificence of His character and His unparalleled works, in our recognition of His providence throughout human history, resulting in the deepening of our faith and the transformation of our lives  (Prov. 3:3, John 17:3, Rom 12: 1-2, II Tim. 3:16, I Pet. 1:5-9, Col. 1:16-17)
  • The development of increasing intimacy in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, manifested in prayer; reading, studying, meditation and memorization of the Bible.  This intimacy will cause us to treasure Christ so that we will prioritize the eternal values of the Word over the temporal pleasures of the world.  (Josh. 1:8, Psalm 77:12, Psalm 119:11, 2 Tim. 2:15, Jam. 5:16b)
  • Assisting all believers at COD to discover their spiritual gifts and use them for the edification of the body, and for the exaltation of God (I Cor.12-14, Eph. 4:15-16, I Pet. 4:10, Rom. 12:3-7)
  • Establishing biblical leadership to shepherd the community of COD effectively so that we fulfill our mission in increasing measure  (Acts 14:23, Acts 20:28, Ja. 5:14)

 Reach… 

  • Teaching and modeling a biblical understanding of our responsibility to non-believers in the proclamation of the gospel  (Matt. 28:19-20, I Pet. 3:15,Col. 4:5-6)
  • Partnering with other churches and organizations to reach non-believers with the gospel of Christ.
  • Seeking to establish intentional relationships with our neighbors, co-workers and friends so that we may lead them into a relationship with God through Christ and assimilate them into our local believing community.
  • Helping to meet the physical, emotional and social needs of non-believers as a reflection of the love of God for them  (Matt. 9:1-8, Mark 6:30ff)
  • Equipping and supporting those involved in cross-cultural ministries as they seek to communicate the gospel to non-believers throughout the world  (Psalm 57:9, Psalm 86:9, Psalm 67:3-5, I Tim. 5:17)