Mission and Vision


Touching Heaven, changing earth

We aim to do this by:

Upward Focus

  • We acknowledge the sovereignty of God and seek to worship Father, Son and Holy Spirit, recognising that “man’s chief end is to worship God and enjoy him forever.” (Westminster Catechism)
  • We seek to honour God at all times in our private lives and in our public witness. Our desire is to be worshippers who “worship the Father in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).
  • We believe that worship involves two-way communication between us and God and so we make space within times of worship to hear what God is saying to us through the Holy Spirit.
  • We desire to build a community where the tangible presence of God is welcomed and experienced by all:  “...he will restore us, so that we might live in his presence” (Hosea 6:2); “in his presence there is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).

Inward Focus

  • As the Body of Christ, we seek to grow more like Jesus by applying His word to our daily lives.  “We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church” (Ephesians 4:14).
  • We recognise that God loves us and wants to bring His followers into experience all that is involved in sonship and friendship. “I no longer call you slaves... Now you are my friends...” (John 15:15) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).
  • We acknowledge the need to understand the Great Commandment to love God (Matthew 22:37) before we are able to fulfil the Great Commission to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19).

Outward Focus

  • Our mission is motivated by God’s love for people. “God loved the world so much that he gave...” (John 3:16).
  • We believe that all people are created and loved by God regardless of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or physical and mental capability. Because of this we seek to serve all people in the community without discrimination.
  • Emmanuel Baptist Church recognises it has a mission to the whole person - caring for the physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of all people.
  • We aim to provide a safe place where all people are valued, respected and empowered to achieve their full potential.
  • We seek to serve the local community by developing partnerships and networks with other churches, voluntary groups, statutory agencies and local government in order to create an effective, integrated service for the community while avoiding unnecessary duplication of resources.
  • We will happily seek to explain our faith motivation to those who ask, but we will never impose our Christian faith or beliefs on others. We respect people’s freedom to hold their own views.

Come and join us!

Emmanuel Baptist, 24/08/2012