VISION AND VALUES
"The Appalachian Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God is a community of Spirit-filled churches and ministers releasing life in the Appalachian region and beyond."
Core Values of the Appalachian Ministry Network
As a network, we are committed to:
1. The Word of God
The Word of God is the avenue for our understanding of all that exists, past, present and future. God reveals His character, virtues and the terms of His relationship with man through His Word. God's face is seen, His faithfulness is established, His mercy demonstrated and His unconditional love is declared through His Word in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. The Word of God inspires, empowers, provides spiritual order, and shares the benefits of a reciprocal relationship between God and man. Therefore God's Word is the basis for and the rule by which all will be measured relative to the mission and to the ministries of the Appalachian Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God.
2. Pentecostal Ministries
We embrace the dynamic power and gifting of the Holy Spirit working through distinctively Pentecostal ministries, deeply rooted in the experience of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We believe our ministries will reflect this supernatural dimension in effective evangelism, the manifestation of spiritual gifts, holiness of heart, and power for service.
3. Apostolic Leadership
The Appalachian Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God is based on the New Testament ministry concept of biblical apostolic leadership. Through God-sent, fresh, anointed preaching of the gospel we anticipate the continual expansion of His kingdom. Our leadership is firmly committed to this process by enlisting, equipping, empowering and releasing ministry to every community that we touch. Through relational leadership that is spiritually responsible, accountable, humble and not eager for selfish gain, we anticipate new levels of biblical multiplication within our network and beyond.
4. Mentoring Ministers
We are committed to the education and training of our ministers in order to develop leadership that recognizes and facilitates the gifting of lay people. We understand that good pastoral leadership and passionate preaching come only from a life that has surrendered itself to Christ. This surrendered life is evidenced in godly character and ethical living. We believe networking will provide the connection and encouragement that is crucial to ministerial excellence. God commands good stewardship in all He has entrusted to us. Therefore we encourage and make a place for the mentoring, coaching, and accountability of our ministers.
5. Church Life
We are committed to the natural process of the reproduction of healthy, growing churches. We will pursue effective ministry through evangelism of the lost, fellowship for the churches, and revitalization. We desire to guide and guard the church during pastoral transition. We desire to restore the Body of Christ to health during exceptional times of crisis. We envision through this process that each born again believer working in the atmosphere of the church will be released to achieve their God appointed potential in ministry.
Our vision is local, national, and global in partnership with ministers and missionaries persistently taking the message to the whole world. Empowered by the Holy Spirit we are determined to equip, enable, and inspire individuals to be involved in missions for God at all times, at all places. We believe a church with no vision for missions has no reason to exist.
7. Kingdom Networking
We are committed to the unity of the body through Kingdom Networking. We see connection as an opportunity to empower and resource the Body of Christ. Our heart is to unselfishly and sacrificially minister to those who will join us in voluntary cooperation without compromising the biblical foundations of this movement. We believe God will honor a commitment to diversity with an explosion of the power of the Holy Spirit.
8. Cultural Relevance
We desire to be a community of believers that are culturally relevant in communication and in compassionate response to the immediate and long-term needs of people within the influence of the Appalachian Ministry Network. We seek innovative ways to adapt our methods of interaction with an ever-changing culture while maintaining Scriptural integrity.