SPREAD THE WORD
To honor God and advance the Gospel by mobilizing a church planting movement in metro Detroit. In pursuit of this, by God’s grace we will build a ministry that equips men for God-centered Gospel ministry while exposing them to the church planting opportunities in SE Michigan (particularly Detroit) and helping metro Detroit churches make and mature disciples.
(1 Timothy 3:15)
We believe that the local assembly is the center of God’s plan for this dispensation and must be at the center of our efforts to make and mature disciples; therefore, STW exists under the authority of the local church, seeks to build up local churches, and evangelizes in new areas with the goal of seeing new congregations formed.
(2 Timothy 2:2)
We believe that God’s plan for raising up the next generation of ministry leaders calls for intentional mentoring and multiplication that identifies faithful men and prepares them to teach others; therefore, STW will work hard to recruit godly and gifted young men, provide an aggressive ministry context for testing their faithfulness, and intentionally invest in their spiritual and ministry growth.
(Romans 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:2-4; Colossian 4:3; Ephesians 6:19-20)
We believe that the Gospel ought to be proclaimed boldly and clearly whenever God opens a door for the Word; therefore, we will aggressively pursue Gospel opportunities, faithfully proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified, and continually remind ourselves of the accountability that comes with being entrusted with the Gospel.
(Luke 15:1-2; John 17:15, 18; Colossians 4:5-6; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 10:31-11:1)
We believe that the pattern and teaching of Jesus Christ, followed by Paul, show that His plan for disciple-making is built on redemptive relationships through which the Gospel spreads to more and more people; therefore, the primary thrust of STW 2016 will aim to cultivate and capitalize on redemptive relationships while maintaining an aggressive approach to reaching new people for Christ.
(Colossians 4:2-4; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Acts 6:4)
We believe that God has appointed prayer as the means by which we must seek His blessing on His work, and that all gospel ministry must be begun and bathed in prayer; therefore, we will call the churches to focused prayer, expect our team members to recruit prayer partners, and cultivate a ministry pattern that includes regular times of corporate prayer.
(Acts 13:49; 1 Ths 1:8)
We believe that the biblical pattern of church growth includes the spread of the Gospel in a region through the multiplication of congregations; therefore, STW will strive to take the Gospel into parts of SE Michigan which need new assemblies.