A commitment to develop and maintain the following lifestyle:
Jesus reveals the love and priorities of the Father in His ministry and sacrifice – He is perfect theology. (Acts 17:28)
The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus comes to destroy demonic works and give us abundant life (John 10:10; 1 John 3:8)
God describes Himself as gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. God is good and, by nature, in a good mood. God is good regardless of our circumstances. (Romans 2:4; Psalm 145:9)
God is generous. As we remember and re-tell what He has done in testimonies, He’s able and eager to do it again. (Psalm 9:1)
- We are so grateful for all that our Heavenly Father has done, is doing, and will do!
- We are first of all grateful for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God and the empowerment He has given us through His Holy Spirit.
- We choose to count our blessings and to continually keep praise on our lips, choosing to recount God’s favor and refusing to murmur or complain.
- We know that our attitude of gratitude will ultimately affect our latitude in life and it lays the ground work for a successful life in Jesus Christ.
- We know that we have everything that we ask of Him and if we’re not sure how to ask we can pray in the Holy Spirit and from a place of thanksgiving. (1 John 5:14; Romans 8:26)
- We confess that we are, “Blessed with the best, not stressed and highly favored!”
A Culture of Relationship Based on Love
- We are a people of covenant relationships and we believe ministry is "all about relationships.” (1 Corinthians 12:26-27)
- We will always strive to value, honor, and deal with each other out of love and we acknowledge that sometimes love is hard and covenant relationships are messy.
- Jesus said, “Love your neighbors as you love yourself.” It is very important to love yourself, receive God’s love, and receive each other’s love. (Luke 10:27)
- Strive to keep love at the center of all that you are and all that you do.
Empowering vs Controlling Culture
- We strive to have a very empowering culture and work hard not to have a controlling culture. This means that as a church we look to call out destiny in each other. We strive to empower you to reach your full potential in Christ as a means to motivate each other towards our God-given destiny; and refuse to use fear, guilt, or shame to manipulate each another.
- An empowering culture has honor and respect as its core value and a controlling culture means you are motivated externally by the fear of others.
- Understand that correction is not rejection. So be teachable if you wish to develop.
- You will never reach your full potential until you take responsibility for your own personal growth in Christ. (Philippians 2:12)
- We can help solve your problems with you, but not for you and we will never work harder to solve your problems than you do.
- We believe in discipleship and holding each other accountable in the body of Christ.
- Do not expect anyone to provide accountability beyond your willingness to present yourself accountable. (2 Timothy 2:24-25)
- Faith is spelled “R-I-S-K”.
- If you want to grow, you must take a risk.
- If you do not fail once in a while, you are not taking enough risks (obviously we are not talking about moral or character failures). (Hebrews 11:6)
- Life flows from honor so let us strive to Honor God first and others as ourselves. (Rom 12:10)
- There are levels of honor in the Kingdom of God. Take the low position first and serve and submit your way into leadership.
- Always deal with God, your leaders, yourself and each other with honor and respect.
Confrontation & Forgiveness
- When you find yourself in a situation where you need to confront a brother or sister in Christ, go to them directly and let them know of your offense. Do so in love and be quick to forgive even as Christ Jesus has forgiven you. (Mat 18:15, Ephesians 4:32)
- Be quick to settle disputes and do everything in your ability to maintain peace and unity at all times. (Colossians 3:13)
- Do not take the 'bait of satan’ (offense) and avoid offense with everything that lies within you. (Ephesians 4:3)
- You are in a culture that expects the supernatural to happen often as God has endued you (the believer) with His supernatural power to perform miracles. (Luke 24:49)
- You will find yourself in situations where if God doesn’t do a miracle it will not work out right. Do not lose heart, these are the times to press in and pray and believe.
- We strongly encourage and even expect DC members to walk in the supernatural power of God and to lay hands on the sick, the bound, the broken, and await God to do the impossible.
- We know that our God is bigger than our problems. Let us learn to speak to our problems about the grandness of our God rather than speaking to our God about severity of our problems. (Mark 11:23)
- The day you decided to follow Jesus is the day you entered the ministry, making your home a Ministry Center where your family, friends, and neighbors may receive salvation, deliverance, healing, and experience a lifestyle of worship unto God.
- Sunday is the day we earnestly come together to celebrate what God has done throughout the week. (Acts 2:46)
- Jesus Christ is the Anointing and The Spirit of Jesus Christ is in us (the believer). Therefore we are anointed and sent to do the work that Jesus has sent us to do. The same authority (all authority) that Jesus has is within us because Christ is within us and we are co-laborers with Him. (Rom 8:11; Colossians 1;27-28; 1 Corinthians 3:9)
- His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)
- You are a royal chosen generation and a holy priesthood of the King of all kings. (1Peter 2:9)
- You are NOT paupers, you ARE sons and daughters of God. We must learn to think and live out of our new identity. (Romans 8:17-19)
- Be honest no matter the cost.
- Trust is built on honesty and integrity.
- Telling half-truths, cheating, or lying destroys trust; so strive to be truthful.
- Trust is the foundation of all good relationships.
- As a Christian, you have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16)
- We desire to teach you to learn how to think (like Christ) more than what to think; therefore, be creative, ask questions and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and the instruction of the Bible, God’s Word.
- Always pray, never despair and never give up!
- Perseverance is key to building godly character. (James 1:4)
- We desire the Presence of God for all that we do even down to our existence.
- The believer CAN experience the presence of God every day, every second. (Hebrews 4:16)
- Prayer is a conversation with God. Let us learn to commune with God. (1 John 1:3)
- Our goal is to see the presence of heaven experienced here on earth. (Mat 6:10)
- Be filled with the Holy Spirit and drink of Him until you leak!
- Faithfulness to God and commitment to His body is of extreme importance and it is vital in finding and developing our God-given destiny. (Hebrews 10:25; Gal 6:9)
- We strive to be a people of faithfulness and commitment and do our best to come through on what we commit ourselves to regarding our time, talents, and treasure.
- We believe in giving generously and giving unto the Lord. We know that God provides us with food to eat and seed to sow. (2 Cor 9:10)
- We know that when we give, it’s an investment into the kingdom of God that will yield a return 30, 60, and 100 fold.
- We believe in taking care of our own within the body of Christ and also doing what we can to take care of those in need outside our church body.
- We believe in giving a tithe (one tenth) of our income unto the Lord, believing that our ten percent belongs to God and we trust God to bless the ninety percent and to “rebuke the devourer on our behalf.” (Malachi 3:11)
- We believe that anything we give beyond a tenth of our income is an offering unto God.