1. Making the Gospel Central
The gospel changes everything. It is not merely the door through which we enter the Christian life, but is also the pathway on which we walk throughout the Christian life (Gal. 3:1-3; Col. 1:6). We are renewed by the gospel as our hearts are removed from our idols that we previously looked to for satisfaction, comfort, and meaning, and are placed on Christ. The gospel is the basis for personal, community, cultural, and societal transformation. The centrality of the gospel will be evident in the way we relate with God and one another, in our preaching, in our approach to discipleship, as well as in the way we reach out to our community.
2. Living with a Spiritual Mindset
Christ is building His Church; the Kingdom of God is present and is growing. Southlake Church of Christ is part of this larger work of Christ. Our goal is to see the gospel spread throughout our community, the greater metropolitan area, and ultimately the world. Within SCOC, we will emphasize equipping our people for member-initiated and led ministries and to make Christ supreme in all of life. Outside SCOC, we will focus on extending God’s Kingdom through a church planting movement to see churches of Christ established throughout the city and particularly among unreached people groups around the world.
3. Mobilizing Disciples
A primary role of church leadership is to equip the saints for the work of service (Eph. 4:11-12). Leaders will model the Christian life to those in their care and seek to mobilize disciples according to their spiritual gifts to bring the gospel to bear in all areas of their lives and in all their spheres of influence.
4. Multiplying Leaders
Church leaders (elders, deacons, ministry leaders), future church planting team leaders, will be trained in church-based ministry. This is nothing more than Paul’s strategy with Timothy and others to entrust what we have learned to faithful men who will be able to teach others also by involving them with us in the ministry (2 Tim. 2:2).
5. Influencing Our Culture
Our culture is increasingly moving away from a Christian foundation. Cities are the seedbed for ideas, values, and culture. As a city goes, so goes the society. Therefore, the most strategic way to impact our culture is by changing our cities through the gospel. Atlanta is the one of the larger metropolitan areas in the US, and a leading city in the south. SCOC will seek to demonstrate its relevance to the Greater Metro area and work toward cultural renewal by serving the city through positive attitudes toward the city, involvement in the community, ministry to the poor, and church planting.