Pillar 1. Teach Truth
a. FMC is committed to taking our next steps towards Christ together through Scripture-based teaching
b. FMC teaches in step with reformed theology and adheres to ECO’s tenets, confessions, and polity
c. FMC seeks the Holy Spirit’s direction and power in curricular development, delivery, reception, and implementation
d. FMC uses expository preaching as the primary mode of sermon delivery
e. FMC makes deliberate use of varied, concise, and lucid homiletic modalities
f. FMC has a deliberate curricular focus integrated across the spectrum of ministry: Long run, Medium run, Short run
g. FMC promotes a compelling, fresh, expansive, & innovative curriculum spanning ages, spiritual maturity, & traditions
h. FMC teaching methods have a comprehensive awareness of current events, trends, and platforms
i. FMC teaching is conducted with a focus on both personal development and enabling others to teach
ECO Tenets, The clearest declaration of God’s glory is found in His Word, both incarnate and written. The Son eternally proceeds from the Father as His Word, the full expression of the Father’s nature, and since in the incarnation the Word became flesh all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are offered to His disciples. The written Word grants us those treasures, proclaims the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, and graciously teaches all that is necessary for faith and life.
We glorify God by recognizing and receiving His authoritative self- revelation, both in the infallible Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and also in the incarnation of God the Son. We affirm that the same Holy Spirit who overshadowed the virgin Mary also inspired the writing and preservation of the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit testifies to the authority of God’s Word and illumines our hearts and minds so that we might receive both the Scriptures and Christ Himself aright.
The Spirit gathers us in a community that is built up and equipped to be light, salt, and yeast in the world. Christ sends us into the world to make disciples of all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Christ has commanded us.
Pastors are to use their spiritual gifts for ministry, with a particular emphasis on the gifts of apostleship, prophecy, evangelism, shepherding, and teaching (Ephesians 4:11-12). A pastor is to nurture the spiritual health and maturity of the body of Christ in order that the body may be equipped to partner with God in His redemptive work in the world. In addition to adherence to the Essential Tenets, presbyteries shall ensure that candidates for ministry are adequately trained for their task.
Training shall include a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and ordinarily a master’s degree from an accredited theological seminary in biblical or theological studies, as well as appropriate hands-on ministry experience and mentoring. Candidates for ministry must demonstrate significant theological and biblical competence as well as the necessary skills for pastoral ministry.
All pastors (Pastor/Head of Staff, Associate Pastor, and Assistant Pastors) serving an ECO congregation must hold their ordination in ECO or be received as affiliate pastors by the presbytery of jurisdiction.
Venues to Implement this Pillar
1. Teach Sunday School
2. Teach in Student Ministry
3. Teach at the Center
4. Preach at Four Mile
5. Preach at other churches when needed
Platforms & Exercises to Develop this Pillar
Work as a pillar on understanding the text for an upcoming sermon series
Do an AAR on a previous sermon or teaching
Conduct a survey by at least 10 people on one of your teachings
Review a sermon with a focus on homiletics
Discuss the use of video in teaching
Discuss the effective use of graphics when teaching