Mission, Vision, Values, & Beliefs

Our Mission

Empowered by the Spirit to Encounter God, Experience Family, and Extend Christ’s Kingdom

The mission of Grace Church of Fredericksburg is to experience the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit; to know the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; to engage in healthy relationships; and, to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ.

Our Vision

To be a family of believers that:
• Pursues and experiences the Presence of God regularly
• Trains people to be disciples and, to disciple, minister and lead others
• Serves as a center for restorative ministry in the church and community
• Sends members to effectively influence, impact and share the Gospel with the world
• Resources and partners with organizations to advance the gospel world-wide
• Grows in size, stature, and resources

Our Values

The Word of God
We value Bible-centered preaching, teaching, and ministry and the ability of members to read, study, and apply Scripture in everyday life (2 Tm 3:16, 17; 2 Pt 1: 19-21; Ps 119:105)

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit
We value the presence, empowerment and gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 12:1-11; Rom 12: 6-8; Eph 4: 11-16; Ps 119: 105); communing with, being led by, and hearing and obeying the voice of the Spirit (Rom 8:4; 1 Cor 2:12-24)

Leadership
We value servant leadership as modeled and taught by Jesus (John 13:1-170; Christ-like character, and integrity in those called to lead (1 Tm 3:1-13); and, the development and empowerment of rising leaders (2 Tm 2:2)

Discipleship
We value training, discipleship that focuses on maturity in Christ, personal growth and character development; and, mentoring that produces gift-based servant leaders—for the church and the marketplace (Eph 4:7-16; Heb 5:14; 1 Cor 14:20)

Spiritual Family
We value being a Spirit-formed family where transparency, support, and accountability foster unity, strength and wholeness (Mt 12:48; 1 Tm 5:1-16; Eph 3:15).

Sharing the Gospel
We value the Great Commission; personal evangelism; local and foreign missions; church planting; and relief for the poor and disadvantaged both regionally and globally (Mt 18:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Cor 8:1-7; Phil 4:10-20; Gal 2:10; Prv 19:17)

Worship
We value worship as expressed in singing, prayer, acts of service, consecrated living, obedience, passion for God, and love (Eph 5:19; Mt 6:5-15; Luke 22:27; Rom 12:1, 2; John 14:21; Luke 10:27; John 13:34, 35).

Honor
We honor God; one another; mothers and fathers; the elderly; marriage; spiritual leaders; governing authorities; and everyone who “does good” (1 Tm 1:17; Rom 12:10; Eph 6:2; Lev 19:32; Heb 13:4; Heb 13:17; Rom 13:1-7; Rom 2:7). We honor each individuals and their respective gifting (Rom 12:6; Eph 4:7). We also honor those who are less presentable (1 Cor 12:22-25).

Our Beliefs – a letter from Pastor Ernest

 

We’re glad to see that you’re interested in finding out more about what we believe. To help answer any questions you may have about what we believe feel free to read our Statement of Faith (PDF, 79kb). It contains information on what we believe the Bible teaches. This document is to help us know and love God. It is not meant to build walls of misunderstanding between God’s children but a means of dialogue about how to serve Christ with greater devotion. If you have any questions, contact us. We’re happy to help try to answer any questions you may have.

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Ernest C. Custalow, Jr.
Lead Pastor

P.S. Beliefs are just words unless they are put into practice. Learn more about some of the ways we help others by putting our faith into action here in our community and around the world. See our faith in action →

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