Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Westminster Baptist Church exists...
To honor and glorify God by obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all people groups. We accomplish this through our Mission and Core Values.
Reaching our community and beyond with the good news that Jesus saves (Luke 15, 19:10)
Teaching believers through the Bible how to love God and love their neighbors as themselves (Col. 1:28; Matthew 22:37-40)
Sending those believers back out into the world to share with others the story of how Jesus saved them (Rom. 10:13-15; Acts 1:8)
Our Core Values
What is most important to us
- The Bible: authoritative, inerrant, our standard for truth and obedience
- Christ-Centered Living: loving the Lord God with our whole hearts
- Dependency on God for every area of our lives
- Prayer: Individual and corporate prayer as crucial in doing God's work
- Equipping Believers for a passion-driven, gift-based ministry
- Missions: Taking Christ to the nations by giving, praying, and going
How we do ministry
- Loving Relationships: Acceptance, caring for others, forgiving
- Modern Traditional Worship: vibrant, heartfelt, reflective
- Small Groups for spiritual growth and relationship building
- Strengthening Families along with strong youth and children's ministries
- Empowering Leadership
What is a disciple?
Matthew 4:18-20 provides the biblical definition of a “disciple.”
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.
19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. [NIV]
Jesus’ invitation to Peter and Andrew is the definition. First, a disciple is one who has made Jesus the Lord of his or her life. “Come follow me,” indicates that Jesus is the leader. We must be committed to being the followers.
Second, a disciple is one who has entered a process of relational discipleship with other maturing Christian disciples. Jesus invited His disciples to be in a personal relationship with Him. This relationship was the primary way He shaped His followers. We are to be in a relationship with others who will help us grow, and we are to be in relationships with others who will need our help to grow.
Third, a disciple is one who is becoming Christ-like. "Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’" He transforms us and remakes us into Christlikeness by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We must cooperate with Him through obedience to His direction.
Fourth, a disciple is one who is committed to the mission of Christ. Jesus said, “...I will make you fishers of men.” When we spend time with Jesus, we start to care about what He cares about. Jesus came to “...seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10 NIV). We are to join Him in His mission to save the world.
What is the process that we use to make disciples?
Discipleship is a process that results in spiritual transformation. There are four stages of discipleship and each stage is a necessary part of the process. The four components of Connect, Grow, Serve and Go embody the task of making mature disciples. Continually moving our church family through these cycles will enable us to create an environment where the Holy Spirit empowers us to help people follow Jesus and grow in His service.
This discipleship strategy enables us to be intentional in following the model laid down in Acts 2:42–47. It is a balanced approach in carrying out the Great Commission.
CONNECT is the first stage or phase of our process. Connect means to be in vital relationship with God, other disciples, and our church family. It reminds us of the priority of building positive, long-lasting relationships with people at work, in the school and community, and at home in order to make an impact for Christ.
Connections are made through sharing. Share-level people are those who have either not accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord or have accepted Him but have not been connected to other disciples. Unsaved people need salvation. Those who have already accepted Christ but have not been connected to other believers need to be connected. Everyone needs to be in a relational environment designed to make disciples.
GROW is the second stage or phase of our process. A new believer is like a newborn baby. There are things that will both help or hinder his or her growth. It is our God-given mission to create an environment that will foster growth in maturing disciples so they can realize their fullest potential in Christ.
Once a disciple enters the Grow phase of our process, he or she will join a relational small group where they will learn what it means to love God and others. In their small group there will be many lessons and many questions answered so that the Connect Level people are growing in their knowledge of God’s Word and understanding how it makes a daily difference in our lives. A proper disciple-led Connect Level environment should eventually result in heart change as the group studies the Bible and prays together.
SERVE is the third stage or phase of our process. A maturing disciple who is properly connected and has the right heart attitude will eventually start to move into the Service phase of discipleship. In this stage growing disciples will start to see things as God sees them, because they are connected to Him in a personal relationship. As they grow spiritually, they will become more and more committed to the mission of Christ. The Holy Spirit will be changing them as they are growing spiritual fruit in their lives. They will become other-centered servants. Part of our mission as a church, therefore, is to help disciples discover their spiritual gifts and help them find ways to use them to serve both God and their fellow man within God’s Kingdom.
GO is the final stage of our discipleship process. We call it the Disciple Level. In this stage the disciples learn not only to minister to those around them but to train others to do the same thing. Disciple Level leaders now provide the new Disciple Level people with opportunities to lead by connecting them with others who need to be discipled. Eventually they will no longer need to be fed people because they will connect with others on their own. The new Disciple Level people will become leaders who can guide others through the same process they have completed. They become peers who encourage their one-time students to continue to walk with Christ. The relationship changes from teacher/pupil to friend and coworker with whom they serve.