MISSION • VISION • CORE VALUES

Mission: Helping Others Become Devoted Followers of Jesus

“To Reach The Least, The Last, and the Lost”

The Least
 
o Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.”?
 
o Social compassion is a “vogue” opportunity for actors and musicians, but eternal hope is our reason for ministering to the least. Jesus’ directive was the poor, lost sheep of Israel and we are His Body right here in rural America.
The Last?
 
o James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”?
 
o We are passionate internationally for the orphan and the widow, but God has called us to rural Missouri. We are asking God for a passion to help the orphan and widow right where we live. I want to have a burden for foreign soil, but a passion for familiar soil. Caruthersville First will be leading the charge to assist the orphan, the widow, the hurting, and needy.
The Lost?
 
o Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”?
 
o We do not want to be guilty of leading a church passionate about reaching the saved, but fanatics reaching the lost. Every Christian wants to see the lost saved, but not every Christian wants their church to cater to the lost. Ed Young Jr. says it best, “everyone is passionate about reaching the lost, until you start reaching the lost.” Church begins to look different, increases in size, sounds different, and service opportunities are not typical. We will unashamedly continue to do anything, short of sin, to reach the lost.

Vision: Finish the Race

“…let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross…” – Hebrews 12:1-2

Strategy to Fulfill the Mission and Vision:

Be invited to one of our worship services where we create the best possible environment for people to encounter God.
Followers of Jesus were never supposed to be “loners” in their faith. Join one today!
If you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, then you will be saved… And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but you tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high.
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. – 1 Corinthians 12:7
What if every person was a disciple maker and every church a church planting church? Will you join the mission?
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations. 

Core Values:

We believe…

Saved people, serve people (see Acts 6)
Spirit-filled, not spooky (see 1 Corinthians 12)
An empty seat is a serious matter (see Acts 2:47)
You can’t out give God (see Malachi 3)
Growing people change (see Acts 9)