Philosophy of Ministry

Coleman Memorial Chapel

 

The Coleman Memorial Chapel was built and dedicated in memory of James Coleman, age 14, who died in March l874.  The grieving parents, George and Deborah Coleman, witnessed the dedication of the chapel in July, l877.

While the chapel was erected as a memorial to a beloved son who was tragically killed, this is not the purpose for its existence today.

The Coleman Memorial Chapel is in existence and is open today to bring

honor to Jesus Christ.  We desire that men, women, boys and girls may know Jesus Christ as a personal savior and come to experience and know him as the Lord of their lives.  Psalm 95:6, John 3: l6-21.

We believe in godly leadership, edification, fellowship, evangelism, worship and Christian service.

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God.  We believe that the Bible is divinely inspired and without error in its original writings.  We believe that the Bible is the supreme and final authority in faith, life and practice of our Christian walk and talk.

We believe that through the faithful preaching and teaching of God's word, the Holy Spirit speaks to needy hearts.  As a result of honoring and teaching the word and through faithful witness of the gospel of Jesus Christ people are saved, experiencing what Scripture refers to as eternal life.

At the Coleman Memorial Chapel, we are committed to seeing our people become strong and vibrant disciples of Jesus Christ who are able to effectively share the gospel.  We want our people to apply the gospel in their lives through practical day to day living.

We want to win the lost for Jesus Christ.  We want to give hope to the troubled and downtrodden in our community.  We want to unite and strengthen families by providing an understanding of the meaning of functional family life.  Our examples will come from scriptures that relate to the family of God.

We believe that we are commanded by the scriptures to worship God.  We worship from grateful hearts, openly and with sincerity.

Our worship blends both traditional and contemporary styles.  We believe that as long as our worship honors God, we may be creative in expression of word and music.  Our music includes hymns, gospel songs and more contemporary arrangements.  Our preaching and teaching goals are to minister to both seeker and to the mature and seasoned child of God.  The preaching and teaching ministries of the Coleman Memorial Chapel are evangelistic and edifying in nature.  Matt. 3:2, Acts 2:38, 3:19, l7:30, 2 Tim. 2:l5

We believe that the word and music should challenge, inspire, comfort and bring a message of hope and healing for our stressful and troubled world.  We believe that baptism is an essential witness of the believer.  Baptism is for those who have trusted in and accepted Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord.

Baptism's are generally conducted as a part of our worship service.  We baptize by sprinkling. Baptism by immersion will be arranged by the Pastor for those who wish to be baptized in this manner.  We believe that the baptism of the believer is important and that baptism is scriptural.  We do not believe that salvation and baptism are the same.  We believe in and practice believer baptism.

The church will baptize infants, we view this as a dedication by the parents to raise their child in a godly home according to the scriptures. It is our belief that parents need to commit and accept the responsibility of  teaching, nurturing and leading their child to the Lord.  WE DO NOT believe that baptism of infants is a salvation mechanism that removes the responsibility of that child from making a personal profession of faith when he or she is old enough to understand the importance of this personal decision.

We observe Holy Communion (the Lord's table) quarterly and during other significant times of reflection and celebration in the church.  We do not believe that there are any scriptural time tables for communion, but that it be observed with the right attitude and with a clean heart.  Our communion table is open to all who will confess that Jesus Christ is their personal Savior and Lord. I Cor. 11: 23-28

Our church doors are open to "saint and sinner" which means we want people to come and seek the Lord.  We define saint as one who has trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.  We define "sinner" as everyone.  We want everyone to feel welcome to enter the Coleman Memorial Chapel.

It is our intention to minister through evangelism to the non-believer.  We believe evangelism is living our lives so that others will see and accept Jesus Christ as Savior. 

We will use a variety of methods that we believe will point that individual to Christ.  We will not incorporate methods that are not Scriptural or are questionable or violate biblical standards. 

Our ministry to the believer will be to challenge and encourage a relationship with the Lord.  A part of this Christian nurture will be to encourage consideration for professional ministry.  (John 3:15-16, John ll:26, 12:46, Acts l0:43, 2 Tim. 2:15, Psalm 100:2) 

 

Authority/leadership.

The spiritual leadership of the Coleman Memorial Chapel is provided by the pastor, elders and ministers.  (I Tim 3:1-13, 5;17-19)  The executive committee is comprised of the pastor, elders, president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and members at large.  The executive board meets monthly.  At these meetings the board conducts the ministry of the Coleman Memorial Chapel between annual congregational meetings.  The work and ministry of this church is reviewed at the congregational meeting.  The presiding officer is the president, vice president or an elder, in that order.

The pastor or president may call a special meeting of the executive committee.  The meeting must be announced to the congregation.  A two-week notice is required, except for emergency or special circumstances.

The pastor and executive committee will work together to encourage Christians to pursue preparation for ministry. The executive committee may involve consultants and/or other advisors in the work of this congregation.  These consultants and advisors may be invited to board and committee meetings.  These individuals will not have the right or privilege to enter motions or vote on any item of church business. 

It shall be the task of the executive committee to appoint people to fill necessary positions such as organist/pianist, choir director, head usher, church school staff, building and grounds and all others who are chosen for leadership.  The Pastor will provide training and leadership assistance to those individuals chosen for leadership.  It will be the primary duty of the pastor of the Coleman Memorial Chapel; l. to preach 2. teach  3. pray  4. plan  5. train.  The sacraments and the solemnization of marriages shall be performed by the pastor.

 

Discipline:

We believe in discipline.  We believe that a well-rounded and functional church must include the discipline of its membership.

Today, there are many who fear the word; "discipline".  We understand discipline to be part of Christian fellowship.  At the Coleman Memorial Chapel we understand discipline to involve; watching over each other in love, advising, exhorting, admonishing and praying for one another.  Some of the areas which would bring about the need for church discipline at the chapel would involve; doctrinal deviation (Gal. 1:6-8, Acts 20:28-30, I Tim. l:18-20, 2 Tim. 2: 17-18); divisiveness (2 Thess. 3:ll, Romans 16:17-20); undisciplined living (2 Thess. 3:6, I Thess. 5;14); conflict between believers (I Cor. 6:5, Phil. 4:2-3, Matt. l8:15-18) sins of the flesh (I Cor. 6:5, Phil. 4:2-3, Matt. l8:15-18, I Cor. 5:11); sins of the spirit (I Cor. 5:11). We believe in a tough love approach, which means we will be hard on "sin" as defined in the Bible.  The scripture will be our source of defining sin and rebellious living.

While we will be tough on sin, which separates us from God, breaking our relationship with him, we will be loving, challenging and caring with the individual caught or snagged by a particular sin.  If an erring member is removed from leadership and/or membership of the church, he or she will be welcomed back into our fellowship, after repentance and correction of the problem which resulted in removal.  This individual must be approved by the Pastor and elders and recommendation made to the congregation for this individual to be returned to any church office or position. We will discipline our leaders and members with the same biblical guidelines.  We are committed to using biblical procedures as given to us in the book of Matthew.  We will not demonstrate partiality in any matter of church discipline.  The process of membership and or leadership will be according to church policy and under the leadership of the pastor and elders.

The Coleman Memorial Chapel will be fair and consistent in dealing with disciplinary matters.  We will not act hastily, except where diligent action is needed to resolve a potential threat or danger to the body.  For example, we will respond quickly and decisively in matters where divisiveness or sexual sin is involved.  We will not tolerate gossip or backbiting.

A member who falsely accuses another member of sin will be disciplined.  If it is proven to the satisfaction of the leadership and congregation that a member has knowingly harmed another in word or deed, biblical principles will be applied.  If the person who falsely accuses fails to repent, he or she will be asked and required to leave the fellowship.

 

Membership:

Members of the Coleman Memorial Chapel are those who:

            l.  Have placed faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Acts 16:31)

            2. Accept the scriptures of the Bible to be the divinely inspired Word of God.

            3. Desire to live a godly life and practice their faith.

            4. Attend worship and fellowship programs regularly unless medical reasons

                prevent attendance.

            5. Support the work and ministry financially as able.

            6. Are involved in Christian service to the church and community.

            7. Give evidence of faith in Jesus Christ to pastor/elders.

            8. Agree with our doctrinal statement.

            9. Attend and complete membership classes with the pastor.

            10.  Are baptized as a believer.

 

Nurture:

The nurturing process of the Coleman Memorial Chapel takes place as we come together for worship, study and fellowship.  We believe that steel sharpens steel, that nurturing becomes a two way street in which we train and equip each other.  We believe

that in accordance with the great commission, we are to be and make disciples.  (Matt. 28:18-20,2 Tim. 2:2)  Further, we encourage each other to make disciples for Jesus Christ by supporting the teaching and nurturing process of this church.

We seek to learn from other churches and parachurch organizations how to do a better job of nurturing. We are open to examining various models of nurture.  We will use small group process and fellowship opportunities to sharpen our skills, as we reach out to disciple and make disciples.  Our programming effort(s) will be for the purpose of making disciples.  The word disciple, not program will be the operative word.

We believe that we are responsible to each other; physically, emotionally, spiritually.  This means that we are concerned whether our members and community have food, shelter, emotional and spiritual care.  We will address these needs to the best of our abilities and available resources.  (Mark 3;14, Gal. 5:25-6:2, I Pet. l:22, Eph. 4:15-16)

 

Facility:

Our house of worship dates back to approximately 1750.  The present adult Sunday school room and fellowship hall was the ironworkers meeting house.  Our current sanctuary construction began in 1874.  The church was dedicated in July of 1877.  The gothic architecture of the sanctuary is that of a unique cathedral.  The colorful tiffany windows are a collection of appropriate Christian symbols.  The chancel combines a lighted stained glass depiction with gold leaf. The folding doors are paneled with hand painted scripture quotations and the Apostles creed.  The ceiling of the sanctuary depicts with gold leaf, stars shining in an early blue night sky all done on stretched canvas.  The original lighting features oil lamps held in artistically crafted cast iron wallbrackets.

The Apostles window, combining the haloed lamb and the book of life outlined and bordered by twelve stained glass brilliants, highlights the rear wall.  Hand carved in wood in the lunette of the narthex doors are lilies of the valley and the scripture of Joshua 4:7, "These stones shall be for a memorial."

We have a beautiful building with historical significance.  But, we recognize that the building is just that...the churchis comprised of the believers who meet here. When the benediction is pronounced each Sunday, the church goes into the world, to be the church and bear witness for Jesus Christ.

 

Target:

We are a small rural church with a weekly attendance of approximately 65.  We seek to reach the surrounding communities of Brickerville, Lititz, Ephrata andthe area within a 15-25 mile radius of our church.

We want to minister to our community through outreach programs to singles, couples and families between the age of 23-55.  As a traditional church, we want to minister to our seniors.  Our senior ministry will offer fellowship-oriented programs.  These programs will address loneliness, loss and the problems of aging.

We recognize that in many cases we will be speaking to and ministering to Christians.  However, we do not want to take this for granted.  We will also ministerwith purpose and plan to reach the unchurched.  We will be seeker sensitive in worship and outreach.

 

Evangelism:

We believe that there are no sacred cow methods of reaching people for Christ.  We intend to be creative and relevant in reaching people.  It is our belief that the reasons for leading a soul to Christ are:

            l. Liberation from sin and death.  Romans 8:12

            2.An entrance into the Family of God.  John l:l2, Gal. 3:l6, 26-29, 4:5b-7:1, I John 2:1-2

            3.Participation in the reign of Christ.  Eph. l:2

We believe that evangelism is a work in which God is involved with man.  We understand that unless the Lord is moving and working in the lives of those we minister and witness to that our labors will be in vain.  Psalm 21:27

We want to place our efforts and finances where they will be used, most effectively.  It is our policy to evaluate our missions and evangelistic outreaches on a consistent basis

in an effort to determine how best to reach those without Christ.

It is our expectation that the members and friends of the Coleman Memorial Chapel, who have been born into the family of God will share their faith in the circle(s) of influence where Christ has placed them.

The church will assist its members and friends to be more effective in areas of evangelism and outreach through training and support.  We will assist financially these ministries and outreaches as we are able.  We will carefully and prayerfully consider our time commitments, so that we may utilize our time wisely, as good stewards through evangelistic effort and outreach.

 

People:

We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone.  John 3:l6, We believe that the church should minister and share the gospel with all people.

We believe that "our" church best ministers to the Lancaster County culture where we serve and have influence.  While our congregation isprimarily, Caucasian, middle class, blue-collar workers, we embrace and welcome individuals without prejudice.

We have a particular interest in children and youth, we believe they represent hope and the future of the church.  We work to offer programs and services for this population, which we believe will meet their needs, encouraging them to walk with the Lord. Our congregation is comprised of middle age and seniors as well.  Our middle age folks and seniors are not second class citizens at the Coleman Memorial Chapel, we believe in the value and dignity of all.

We will do our best to minister; physically, emotionally and spiritually to all members of our church family.  Our preaching and teaching reflects the culture and persons we minister to, as do all other programming efforts of the Coleman Memorial Chapel.

 

Morality:

We believe that we have a mission and mandate to reach the lost for Christ.  Jesus Christ came to seek and to save the lost.  (Luke 19:10)  While we see this as our primary objective, we further understand this to include an obligation to minister to the specific physical, emotional and mental needs of the people we serve and have opportunity to minister to. 

We believe that God calls us to show our love for him in the way that we treat other.  Lev. l9:l8  We are to love and care for our neighbors. We will use our benevolence fund to meet physical needs, food, clothing and shelter.  Our desire and goal is to show mercy.  James 7:15-16, Matt. 5:13-16

The church benevolence committee is comprised of the Pastor, an Elder and a member of the church.  All needs should be directed to the Pastor and committee for assistance.

 

Stewardship:

The mission program of the Coleman Memorial Chapel will focus on both home and foreign missionary endeavors.  The primary consideration for giving and disbursement of funds will be for home missionary projects.

The pastor will recommend missionaries and mission projects to the executive board and congregation for approval and release of mission funds.  The pastor will be assisted by a missions chairperson who will give input into the selection of both missionary and mission projects.

The church will choose missionaries and missions to support on an annual basis at the January congregational meeting.  Acts 4:34-37, Hebrews 13:5, I Peter 5:2

 

Contact Information

Address

1980 Furnace Hills Pike
Lititz, PA. 17543
(717) 626-6933



Pastor

Rev. Russell E. Hobbs
Email: rhobbs@dejazzd.com

 

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