Fair Haven Ministries
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Fueling a Passion for God
Seeking God's Heart
life-giving worship at fair haven
define worship. For many, it is difficult to define. We can describe it, but how can we really define it? From praise to prayer, from singing to communion, from drama to preaching -- all are a part of the worship experience at Fair Haven. Most often, people choose to attend a particular church based on a preferred worship style, but stay because of the personal relationships. The disparity and disagreement around the subject of worship is what has led church consultant and author, Lyle Schaller, to observe: "Music has replaced doctrine as the most divisive issue in the church today."
At Fair Haven, church leaders -- elders, deacons, staff, pastors -- as well as church members and regular attenders, have invested much prayer, Biblical reflection, and dicsussion to help discern how we seek God's heart and worship together as a congregation. This process of discernment, guided by the Holy Spirit, has produced greater discovery, definition, and direction for how we can worship God in spirit and in truth as we express our love relationship with Him.
The following guiding principles desire to bring clarification and consensus for how we live out our call to worship as the body of Christ at Fair Haven. Areas have been identified to help articulate clearly our assumptions and expectations.
Our worship experience seeks to be authentic, intentional, diverse, and relevant as we epxress freely our love to God and reach out to those without Christ.
Worship is a love relationship -- it is our expression of love to God. Worship is not exclusively a vertical relationship, but also horizontal in living out the life we share as the body of Christ. Body life experiences are appropriate in corporate worship as they are part of living out our faith in community and reflect our love relationship with God and each other.
We intentionally seek to use our facilities as a tool for outreach in our community, while supporting the importance of ongoing ministry.
We are committed to aligning all aspects of our ministry to effectively reach those who are apart from God or the body of Christ.
Because style includes the use of music, drama, preaching, media and more, and because people appreciate each differently, it is not uncommon for varying opinions on worship style to conflict with one another. Fair Haven recognizes that worship is not limited to a style or to a specific element of it. Rather, at Fair Haven, we desire for our worship experience to lead all people to express freely their love to God and to encourage others to do the same.
Recognizing our changing community and world, we need to be responsive in reaching out in relevant ways in order to draw people deeper in authentic worship. Our commitment is to be constantly evaluating and retooling the worship experience to most effectively help people express their love to God.
the value of equipping
We commit to create an environment in which our community identifies and develops their gifts, skills, talents, and passions and is equipped and empowered to utilize them in ministry.