What is a Purpose & Plan Statement?
The Purpose and Plan Statement of a Church is a written document that sets down the goals, focus and approaches a church wants to adhere to as it seeks to minister God's Word to God's World. The statement is written down so that church leaders, members, attendees and future members know where the church is going and how the ministries of the church intend to arrive at their God-directed destination.
Since this document is not inspired of God, it is intended to be a flexible testimony which can be changed or augmented to comply with how the leaders discern God's leading. Proverbs 16:9 "A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps."
Description of our Church
Heritage Bible Church is in its 35th year as a fellowship of believers. Dr. Rod White, a teaching pastor (Eph 4:11-12), founded the church in 1980 as Fellowship Community Chapel. In 1993, the name was changed to Heritage Bible Church to be more in keeping with the thrust and focus of the church's ministries. 2 Tim 4:2 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."
Intended Ministry Outreaches
It is the perspective of God for a local church, that is seeking to build on the Word of God, that all people--at the very minimum--need to hear the Gospel. Jesus Christ instructed the Church to proclaim the Gospel throughout the world and to edify the saints (Mk. 16:15; Jn. 21:16-17). Heritage Bible Church's main purpose is the edification of the believers (Eph. 4:12, 16). This, in turn, motivates the believers to minister to the spiritual needs of their congregation and community.
The Fellowship Council (thge Elders & Deacons) discerned a need for its fellowship and community to learn more about the Word of God. Therefore, the church, under God's leading and the blessing of the membership, started a four-year Bible College to minister to this need. The college was started in 2001 and was named Sola Scriptura, which means "Only the Scriptures." The major thrust of the college is to take the student through every chapter in the Bible in four years. The purpose is for the student to learn a living and working knowledge of the Word of God. Matthew 28:19-20 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Growth of the Fellowship & Its Ministries
The focus of Heritage Bible Church is on the edification of the Saints. The fellowship recognizes the extensive amount of time and effort needed for the Biblical education of believers. Therefore, the leaders of the church are not focusing on the numerical growth in the fellowship, but more on the spiritual growth of each individual believer. It is the intention of our fellowship to grow to the size of 100-125 active believers. After this time, the fellowship will study the option of starting another fellowship, with the same biblical beliefs. The location of this new fellowship would be in our community, an adjacent community or surrounding community that is in need of a biblical ministry.
We believe, due to the type of miistry we offer and believe in, that leaders cannot effectively minister to the needs of a congregation that grows beyond 100-125 believers. We discern that a fellowship tends to lose the family atmosphere beyond these numbers.
The leaders foresee a slow and controlled growth for the Bible College. Growth of the college will be determined by availability of funds and the amount of committed students.
The Steadfastness of God’s People
Pastor Rod White is gifted in the expository teaching of the Bible. He has developed methods of helping saints to retain God's Word for its daily application to their lives. The leaders discern that teaching the Word of God will encourage saints to remain faithfully active in the fellowship. We also recognize that God will move saints from time to time in order to accomplish His work. The whole fellowship feels a loss when God moves a saint to another sphere of ministry. But, at the same time, we know God will use those who are willing to serve Him.
The church believes that each saint in a local congregation has a spiritual gift that can and should be used to minister to the church and the community. Therefore, the church encourages all saints of the fellowship to take an active role in the fellowship by using their God-given spiritual gifts, talents and abilities to bring glory to God. 1 Cor. 10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
The Exaltation of God | The Edification of the Saints | The Evangelization of the World
The Pastor and the leaders of Heritage Bible Church believe the Bible proclaims and teaches a three-pronged, concurrent, approach to communicating God's Word to saints and sinners. God wants the church leaders to guide the saints to place their full faith and trust in living life according to God's principles for life, as found in God's Word--the Bible (Mt. 28:19-20; Eph. 4:11-12). This will automatically spawn a genuine, heartfelt, worship of God by the believer. The Biblical worship of God is to be the primary function of the local church. No other activity or operation of the church is to infringe upon this sacred calling of the saint (Mt. 4:10; Mk. 7:7-13).
During the same time the church is fulfilling its responsibility of providing a place, opportunity, and atmosphere for worship, it must also furnish teaching occasions for the edification of its members (Eph. 4:12-16; 2 Tim. 2:15). The task of exalting God via worship and edification of the believer was never intended by God to lead the local church to become self-centered. Ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of saints was never meant by God to overshadow reaching sinners with the life-giving message of the Gospel (Lu. 24:47-49; Acts 1:8, 13:2-3, 38-39; Rom. 10:12-15). Therefore, every Bible-based church must also take its God-given responsibility to reach the lost across the street along with those across the ocean at the same time. The exaltation of God, the edification of the saint and the evangelization of the world are to be the very skeleton of the purposes and plans of Heritage Bible Church.
Today the local church of born-again believers has lost its identity. It is searching for how to reach the world by becoming too much like the world. This movement started in the eighties, when evangelical churches shifted toward meeting the spiritual wants of members instead of their spiritual needs. The church became people-focused instead of God-focused. The church's paradigm shift is moving from the worship of God to the entertainment of audiences. The computer world has left its fingerprints at the scene of the crime by having the church become user-friendly. More emphasis is placed on being comfortable with God rather than being counseled by God. HBC is seeking to magnify the worship of God by showing proper holy reverence and holy respect for the Godhead--who are our Creator, Savior, and soon-coming Lord.