To bring God glory through transformed hearts and relationships
The mission of the Institute is to help church leaders equip the church and the home to work together – to restore and maintain the biblical relationships that are designed by God to apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that lives are transformed to the glory of God.
“…to help church leaders…”. Our mission is aimed primarily, at helping church leaders (especially elders*) because they are the ones God holds accountable for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry (Eph. 4:12; Heb. 13:17). Some elements of our ministry directly equip people in the church. In such cases this is accomplished as an extension of our ministry to the church leaders.
“…equip the church and the home…”. In Ephesians 4:12, church leaders are given the high calling by God to “equip the saints for the works of service.” Thus the people are the ministers in the church and in the home. Our mission is to help church leaders equip their church members to be passionate, skilled gospel ministers to one another and to the unbelieving world.
“…to work together…”. The church and the home are the two institutions that God has ordained to engage in the work of a life transformed by God (Eph. 5:22-6:4; Heb. 10:24-25, 13:17). These two institutions while distinct function interdependently in this work. However, the church and the home have been disconnected and in competition with each other for people, resources, and prominence. Our desire is to see the working relationship between these vital institutions restored for the good of both and to God’s greater glory.
“…to restore and maintain the biblical relationships that are designed by God…”. In contrast to the relationships that we see in our culture, the Bible gives us clearly defined relationships through which the gospel message is to be normally taught and applied in the lives of His people (Rom. 15:14; Gal. 6:1-2; Col. 3:16; Eph. 2:19, 4:15-16; 1 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Pet. 5:1-5). We help church leaders restore and maintain these relationships so they are functioning effectively for God’s redemptive purpose.
“…to help apply the Gospel of Jesus Christ…”. Relationships are tools that God uses to change the life of another person; but they are in themselves powerless to bring about this change. Only God’s Holy Spirit using the Word of God can change the heart of the individual (Jer. 31:33; Eph. 2:8-9). The gospel is the power by which He does this glorious work from justification to sanctification (Rom. 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Cor. 3:18). This precious and powerful gospel message must be communicated to one another in our relationships (Eph. 4:15-16). We desire to help church leaders equip their people to specifically apply the gospel in their relationships.
“…so that lives are powerfully transformed…”. Transformation into image of Jesus Christ is what brings God glory…and us joy (2 Cor. 3:18; Ps. 16:11)! We believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit applying the gospel message to our hearts, we can experience substantial transformation in our lives. We will never achieve complete transformation until we see Jesus face-to-face in glory. Our desire is to help church leaders, and those they shepherd, to intentionally pursue powerful transformation that leads to changed lives and restored relationships.
“…to the glory of God…” Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever (Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism Question 1; 1 Cor. 10:31). We bring God glory as our lives are transformed (2 Cor. 3:18). It is our greatest desire to see God increasingly glorified as His church faithfully pursues the gospel for ongoing Christ-like transformation.
(*) UCH uses the term, “elder” to mean the spiritual leaders of a church; however some churches may use other words for this office such as “Overseer”, “Bishop”, or “Shepherd”. The equipping of and by spiritual leaders is the intent.