To see God’s name become great among all nations.
“My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun… says the LORD Almighty.” At Five Forks Baptist, all that we do is intended to support our vision of making God’s name great beginning in Simpsonville and extending to our state, our nation and to the world.
1. Serving God
We value equipping and mobilizing every person to use their spiritual gifts for the building up of the body of Christ.
2. Engaging the Community
We value loving a lost and broken world and are committed to share His gospel of grace with all people to advance His Kingdom.
3. Growing Together in Christ
We believe a life of spiritual multiplication and the passionate pursuit of a Christ-centered life to be the normal expectation of every believer.
Our objectives were developed to reflect our Core Values as we carry out our Mission to support our Vision.
1. Promote an intentional atmosphere of joyful, authentic, God-centered worship.
We feel worship is the human response to the self-revelation of the Triune God, which includes three aspects. First, a divine initiation in which God graciously reveals Himself, His purpose, and His will. Second, a spiritual and personal relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ enabled by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Finally, a response by the worshiper of joyful adoration, reverence, humility, submission and obedience.
When we gather to worship on Sunday in the presence of God we want to remember who we were (sons of disobedience) and celebrate who we are now (adopted sons and daughters of the living God). We gather to hear from God through the reading of His word and the counsel of the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts. We gather to respond to God’s love and grace and we humbly adore our Savior with prayers of thanksgiving and songs of praise. We gather to prepare through the study of His Word to fulfill the Great Commission and go into all nations.
2. Promote a culture of prayer and dependence of God.
Our church is committed to continuously integrating prayer into every aspect of our ministry. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” We humbly realize our dependence upon the Lord and seek His wisdom in all that we do.
We strive to make Five Forks Baptist a house of prayer. We want it to be part of our culture every minute of every day, not only in the Worship Center, but in every ministry and activity throughout our campus.
3. Promote a culture of evangelism and outreach.
Church leadership will model a passion for evangelism and outreach – they long for the church to be committed to sharing the gospel with the community as part of an ongoing way of life. We pray for outreach and evangelistic opportunities and will make sure to exhibit the gospel in all that we do in church and fellowship.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” To that end, we will teach and train the congregation to know and love the gospel message, live it every day, and share it at every opportunity. When someone does come to faith, there is great rejoicing knowing that the culture of evangelism is bearing fruit.
4. Promote a culture of caring for others inside and outside the church.
The Bible says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). We at Five Forks Baptist commit to creating this culture of caring by using our God given gifts, talents and abilities for the benefit of others, inside and outside our church.
We will emphasize our care ministries, as well as our one-on-one outreach with the love of Christ. Caring, godly relationships among believers are at the heart of God’s purpose for the church. We can care for more people by learning how to encourage others to draw closer to Jesus and love our neighbors.
5. Promote a culture of making passionate disciples of Jesus.
Any church that follows Jesus has been given a single commission and that is to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Five Forks Baptist is passionate about this mission.
We will teach congregants how to be disciples and how to be intentional about discipleship – true disciples will make other disciples. Connecting new believers into discipleship will be deliberate and prayerfully led.
6. Provide Spirit-led administration of all the church’s business matters.
Prudent administration of a growing church is critical for doing effective ministry. We understand that the church must be run like an efficient organization. While the church is established by God and left to serve this community, it still must be organized in order to be completely effective and maintain integrity. We will always seek the Lord’s guidance in the administration of all the church’s complex business.