All About Membership

VALLEY VIEW MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

The purpose of this survey is to update our current membership rolls here at Valley View Community Church (VVCC).

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of Valley View Community Church is contained in two key Bible passages:

The Great Commandment:  “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’”                                               Matthew 22:36-40

The Great Commission:  “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you  And surely I will be with your always, to the very end of the age.”    
Matthew 28:18-20

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Why We Exist as a Church

We exist to love God and others with a whole heart, winning people to Jesus Christ and building them up to spiritual maturity.  “Seeing Lives Changed Through Christ” is our slogan.  A transformed life is the best evidence of genuine faith.  At Valley View Community Church, our goal is to see lives changed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our reisen Lord.  Jesus gave His life to save people.  Therefore each individual is important to God.
  To “Love God with all your heart, soul and mind” is WORSHIP.
  To “Love your neighbor as yourself” is SERVICE & MINISTRY.
  To “Go make disciples” is EVANGELISM & OUTREACH.
  To “Baptize¼” is to INTRODUCE TO FELLOWSHIP.
  To “Teaching  them to obey everything I have commanded you” isDISCIPLESHIP.

1.   WE EXIST TO CELEBRATE GOD’S PRESENCE
Worship is basically expressing our love and devotion to God  Our Sunday morning worship style is a celebration (Psalm 122:1); relevant (Isaiah 40:31), and equipping (Ephesians 4:11-12) to the members. We desire to use our worship services to communicate God’s Word in a practical, relevant way.  Our goal is to present Sunday morning messages that are challenging, encouraging, and instructive to the believer without unnecessarily alienating our un-churched guests.  We desire to make our visitors and newcomers feel welcomed at our worship services by providing a warm, friendly, and helpful environment.

Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.  Deuteronomy 6:13 & Matthew 4:10

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth                          John 4:23-24

EXPRESSIONS OF WORSHIP:
Singing (Ephesians 5:19)
Serving (Romans 12:1-2) 
Praying (Psalm 95:6)
Responding to the Word (James 1:25) 
Giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) 
Communion (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

2.  WE EXIST TO DEMONSTRATE GOD’S LOVE
Ministry is meeting the needs of all people in love. The heartbeat of Valley View Community Church is our ministry.  Every member has a part to play. Programs, ministries, and schedules at VVCC are developed for the purpose of aiding people in their spiritual journey. Our priority is people – not particular methods of doing ministry.  We do not want to be locked in to a set program or formula for ministry.  If any programs or ministries are not benefiting people, they will be changed or discontinued.

“A new commandment I give you; Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  All men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.                                                 John 13:33-35

1 John 3:16-17, Matthew 25:34-40, Hebrews 13:16, Romans 12:13

Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities¼ there are different kinds ofservice to God (ministry)¼ All of you together form the one body of Christ andeach one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.”                         
1 Corinthians 12:4-5, 27 (LB)

3.  WE EXIST TO COMMUNICATE GOD’S GOOD NEWS TO OTHERS
Evangelism is our responsibility as Christ’s ambassador’s to share the Good News.  The task of believers involves taking the Gospel to all nations.  A key factor to the furtherance of the Gospel is leadership development.  Through a variety of leadership development opportunities in Small Groups, mission teams, leadership classes, and mentoring VVCC seeks to reproduce competent leaders for ministry. An important objective of this leadership training is that members become effective and involved in sharing their faith with others in their normal sphere of influence.

Anyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved.  But how shall they ask him to save them unless they believe in him?  And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?  And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”                                               Romans 10:13-14 (LB)

4.  WE EXIST TO RELATE AS GOD’S FAMILY
Fellowship is the sharing of our lives, love, and faith  with one another.  Fellowship is a vital dimension of the Christian life.  Therefore, we encourage every member of Valley View to actively participate in fellowship activities provided including worship services, small group participation and meaningful one-on-one relationships with other members.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”                                   1 John 4:11

5.  WE EXIST TO EQUIP GOD’S PEOPLE
Discipleship is helping you as believers grow to maturity in Christ.  Every member of the body of Christ has a unique contribution to make to the local church.  We desire to recruit, train, and coach the members of VVCC in order to minister to one another, as well as those outside the church.  Because every member is a minister, we value an approach to ministry where members are encouraged to use their unique gifts and abilities.  An important objective of this ministry training is that each member become a living witness of the life changing power of Christ in the church, their place of work, school, or social environment.

“Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity¼          Hebrews 6:1

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”                         2 Peter 3:18

“(God has given)¼some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all¼become mature¼(like) Christ.”            Ephesians 4:11-1

Strategy of Ministry

VVCC desires to minister to individuals from all walks of life, backgrounds and age groups.  Although a growing church has ever-expanding ministry opportunities, the focus of ministry must be “strategic” in order to accomplish the purposes and objectives of the church.

We have also strategically focused on families, realizing that God has designed the family unit for the growth and development of the next generation.  We seek to reach out to parents and assist them in their child rearing responsibilities.  Parents who train their children to honor God have a great impact on their community and ultimately the world.  To serve parents, we desire to provide quality child-care that is Christ-centered and safe.

With ministry roots established on campus outreach, it’s understandable that a significant part of our ministry strategy focuses on the younger generation.  We believe in the importance of training children, teens, college students and other young people to become fully devoted followers of Christ.  Young men and women are facing many choices concerning their direction in life.  Our ministry has a focus on reaching this generation with the message of Jesus Christ.  As younger believers grow in their faith, they will be the ones to carry the gospel message to future generations.

We also believe in the importance of reaching the “un-churched” population.  Many begin attending Valley View with limited religious background and little biblical instruction.  “Seeing Lives Changed Through Christ” is the slogan for our church because we desire to minister in such a way that “un-churched” individuals from our community will discover the relevance of God’s word and the community of faith that is the church.

As our ministry in Columbia continues to grow, it is our hope to develop additional ministries that meet the needs of a diverse ministry base while retaining a strategic focus on families ,youth, and the “un-churched” individual.

Church Structure

Church Structure

The structure of the church should not be determined by culture, business practices, or even denominational traditions.  There are three basic styles of church leadership: (1) Congregational, the majority rules, (2) Hierarchical, the denomination rules, and (3) Pastoral, the pastor/elder rules.  The elements of a Pastor/Elder leadership include a plurality of elders (Acts 14:23, 20:17, Titus 1:5), different roles and spiritual gifts (1 Timothy 5:17), and input, involvement and affirmation of the congregation (Acts 6).  The nature of the church determines its structure.

THE CHURCH IS A FELLOWSHIP.

“They continued steadily learning the teaching of the apostles, and joined in the fellowship…”  
Acts 2:42 (Ph)
A top priority in fellowship is harmony and unity.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”    Ephesians 4:3

So let us concentrate on the things that make for harmony and the growth of our fellowship together.”                                                                                        Romans 14:19 (Ph)

ANY divisive attitude is sin.

Colossians 2:2, 3:13-15; 1 Corinthians 1:10, 14:33; 2 Timothy 2:14, 23; Proverbs 17:14; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 1:27, 2:1-3, 4:2; 1 Peter 3:8; John 13:34-35; Romans 12:16-18, 15:5-6; Psalm 133:1
Implication: a good structure promotes unity and downplays differences.

“(Often)…your meetings do more harm than good … I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you…”                                                                               1 Corinthians 11:17-18

“Voting” tends to create disharmony.

THE CHURCH IS A FAMILY.

You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.”                                                                    1 Peter 3:8 (LB)

Also see Galatians 6:10; Hebrews 2:10-12; 1 Peter 4:17

So we operate on the basis of relationships, not rules.

“Don’t reprimand a senior member of the church, appeal to him as a father.  Treat the young men as brothers, and the older women as mothers.  Treat the younger women as sister.”    
1 Timothy 5:1-2 (Ph)

“(A Pastor) must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.  If anyone does not know how to manage his family, how can he take care of God’s church?”                                                                                                                    1 Timothy 3:4-5

THE CHURCH IS A BODY.

1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 2:19

We are a Body – not a business!
We are an organism – not an organization!

Therefore, we function on the basis of spiritual gifts, not elected offices.

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We each have different gifts according to the grace given us.”                   Romans 12:4-6

In an organization, “maintenance” becomes the focus.
In an organism, “ministry” is the focus.

At Valley View we have a simple structure so we can maximize ministry and minimize maintenance.

“(God) gave some to be… pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up…”                                                            Ephesians 4:11-12