One of our primary goals at Harvest is to create mature disciples, namely those who
Worship Christ, Walk with Christ, and Work for Christ. A personal relationship with
Christ and true discipleship require that each of these aspects is present, and a believer
dedicated to these principles will experience significant growth in personal sanctification
and, therefore, a more intimate relationship with the Savior. When combined, the
commitment to and consistent practice of these disciplines leads to a believer who
is “mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
So what does each of these look like at Harvest?
Scripture calls us to continuously come together for the purpose of encouraging one
another, as well as provoking one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:25).
Further, we are called to worship with all our hearts in the assembly of the saints (Psalm 111:1) and to dedicate ourselves to the public reading and study of God’s Word (1 Timothy 4:13). With this in mind, we make these practices, namely our corporate
Sunday morning gatherings, a priority in the life of Harvest. In order to Worship Christ
in accordance with scriptural teaching, a disciple of Christ must dedicate himself to
gathering with the local church body. After all, God has created us to be a family.
Walk with Christ
Maturity in Christ requires that a disciple walks daily with Him. This occurs within the
context of one’s devotional life, continuously practicing personal spiritual disciplines
taught in scripture. It is also critical to a healthy walk with Christ that a believer engages
in consistent fellowship with other believers. At Harvest, this occurs within the context
of our Small Group Ministry, where we emphasize our members’ growth through bible
study, prayer, and accountability.
Further, we believe that, as opposed to a small number of pastors bearing the total
responsibility of ministering to the church, each believer is responsible for one another
within the context of loving relationships and mutual ministry. As members of a small
group learn the details of one another’s lives, we are able to celebrate the blessings and
help meet needs and navigate challenges within the context of our Small Groups. It is
our hope that we would grow to maturity in bearing the responsibility of caring for one
another in this manner.
Finally, we are committed to multiplying the Godly characteristics of leaders’ lives into
others (2 Timothy 2:2). This multiplication if ministry is central to the healthy growth of
the church, and occurs as we intentionally spend time with one another, learning from,
teaching, and sharing life with our church family.
Work for Christ
Believers are gifted by the Holy Spirit for the benefit of all members of the body of
Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7). The church exists, on one level, that saints’ gifts would be
cultivated and that we would all be equipped to effectively and continuously minister to
one another, consistently building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).
A quality disciple of Jesus is one who Works for Christ, namely, serves the church and
the community. Many churchgoers today come with a consumerist mindset. At Harvest,
we seek to move believers from a position of focusing on self to having a view primarily
of others’ interests (Philippians 2:3-4). Taking a cue from Jesus, who gave His life,
in both the way He lived and in His dying, for the welfare of others, we seek to make
disciples who give their time, energy, skills, and gifts for the sake of serving others.
Lost People Saved, Saved People Matured, Mature People Multiplied…to the Glory of
In the big picture, the focus of the ministry at Harvest is to glorify God by fulfilling the
mission the Lord gave His followers through the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)
and in the spirit of the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40). We desire to make
disciples of Jesus Christ who obey His commands as they Worship, Walk, and Work (1