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Worship Community does not believe that the church needs to spend an overt amount of time in developing fellowship in the church, although it needs to encourage it and deal with breaks in fellowship as needed.  We believe fellowship is a natural outpouring of sharing time together, and sharing life and ministry together. (1 John 1:7)  Specific avenues of fellowship can be addressed within the structure of other church activities.

Unity is essential to a healthy church. When unity is disrupted, biblical church discipline will be expected, although proceeded through with great prayer and caution (Matt 18; 1 Cor 5).  In essential matters, the pastor and church covenant holds precedent, leaving little option for the breaking party.  In non-essential matters, disagreement can be allowed, but when disagreement becomes divisive, the issue must be addressed.  As a whole, in regards to maintaining unity, the pastor ought to seek to understand the various factions in a particular issue and to communicate this understanding to the church in an appropriate manner.  Ephesians exhorts believers to "bear with one another" in order to "maintain the unity of the Spirit" (Ephesians 4:2-3).  In a body of separate minds, different perspectives are inevitable, but a desire to understand the other perspectives can yield lasting unity.

Congregational care is primarily the responsibility of the small-group structures within the church, which seems to be the model created in Acts 6:1-7 with the choosing of the seven.  However, in matters of great significance such as death or family break-ups, the primary church leadership should be involved at some level (1 Peter 5:1-4).  Preservation in and restoration to the fellowship of believers is the end goal, whenever possible (Galatians 6:1-2).   Rebuilding the biblical family unit is also a high priority in care ministries.  Additionally, the pastor must sense an obligation to his leadership.  Even in seemingly insignificant issues, the pastor must take care of his leadership.  Overall, a community that takes care of its own will become a community attractive to outsiders.  No community holds more potential in this area than the community of believers.  If we truly love Jesus, we will take care of his people (John 21:15-19).

9 Purposes of WC Life
Loving God
Loving unbelievers

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The WC model is an ongoing process and will be under development for several years. Check back often to see the growing vision and detailed plans for how the vision will be carried out.

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