Philosophy of Ministry

 

Cottonwood Community Church is a non-denominational evangelical congregation that seeks to glorify God in all that we say and do. Our purpose begins with the first and greatest commandment and the second one that is like it: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 37-39

We believe God provides the local church with inspired prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers whose job it is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry. We believe every Christian is a believer-priest, uniquely gifted to serve and minister to the glory of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the local church should be relentless with regard to prayer, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the teaching of God’s Word. Cottonwood Community Church is committed to these four qualities of a Spirit-filled church.

We believe God has called the local church to fulfill His Great Commission. We are to: “Go into the whole world and preach the gospel, making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19,20

Cottonwood Community Church is governed by a plurality of elders as modeled in the New Testament Church. Our elders are Brian Boyd, Mark Boyle, Chris Fitch, Fred Lucero, and Tom Reuss. We take seriously God’s qualifications for Eldership in I Timothy and Titus. Leaders need to be accountable to God’s Word and to each believer in the body. We believe Jesus calls the church to a “servant authority” as seen in Matthew 20: 25-28

“You know the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave; even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

Following the New Testament example, Cottonwood Community Church incorporates many body members into accomplishing the church’s ministries and services. Many people work together to coordinate and organize ministries within the body. These men and women have been recognized for their servant leadership and having “servant gifts” (administration, helps, service, giving, mercy, etc.). We are fortunate to have a large number of ministry coordinators who support the work of the ministry and meet the needs of others.

Plainly and simply stated, and as laid out for us in Matthew 22: 37-39, our purpose in all we say and do is to: Love God and Love People!