Our vision is to form spiritual families of believers who actively participate in each other’s spiritual, emotional, and physical lives; and to train, equip, and send out every believer as representatives of Jesus in character, in love, and in power.
In Short: Developing spiritual families who express the love and power of Jesus.
Our Philosophy of Ministry
Our experience has been that the fastest and healthiest spiritual growth happens in the lives of people who have close, purposeful, engaging relationships with multiple other Christians. Accordingly, we believe the best thing we can emphasize is active participation in small gatherings of local believers who have determined to love, care for, encourage, and challenge each other in the name of Jesus.
After years of trial and error, study, observation, and practice, we have developed a model for small group fellowship that encourages such relationships and spiritual growth.
Additionally, we emphasize the small gathering above the large gathering. The large gathering is valuable and has a purpose, but the small gathering is where the truest experience of “church-life” takes place. We are far less interested in growing the attendance of our large meeting and far more interested in helping you and your family grow in your walks with the Lord within a small gathering of believers who can minister on a personal level to one another.
We also believe firmly in training, equipping, empowering, and supporting every believer in his or her own unique ministries. Every believer has a unique mix of talents, gifts, personality, experience, and calling, and we want to help you discover how to express all these things in the context of love, teamwork, and healthy relationships. While the purpose of our small gatherings is to engage in relational church life, the purpose of our large gatherings is to train and equip everyone together to become the most effective expression of Jesus’ love and nature we can be.
In short, our philosophy of ministry is that
Every believer (regardless of age) is a minister (John 14:12 and 1 Corinthians 12),
Every minister needs to be immersed in a healthy spiritual family (Hebrews 10:24-25), and
Every healthy spiritual family needs regular encouragement, training, and equipping to grow into the “whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12 and Colossians 1:28).
Everything we do as a church is to help facilitate one or all of these three components.
What We Are & What That Means
We are an Assembly of God church that is
best defined as a network of house churches
who share a common VISION,
and common RESOURCES
throughout our local region.
First, let’s define “house churches.” In the book of Acts, the believers met from house to house and engaged in each other’s lives in deep, meaningful ways. We’ll define this term in greater depth in a few pages; so for now, when you read the term “house church,” think of a “small group” where healthy Christian fellowship, friendships, and community are prioritized.
As an Assembly of God (A/G) church, we are part of a much larger fellowship of churches who comprise the world’s largest Pentecostal denomination and one of the most robust and effective missionary-sending movements in history. We support A/G missionaries, participate in larger A/G events and functions, and adhere as an overall organization to the A/G statement of beliefs known as “The 16 Fundamental Truths."
Our common VISION has already been shared in the “vision statement” above. Fulfillment of this vision is the responsibility of our entire church with help from the Holy Spirit.
Our common MISSION is the one and only Commission that Jesus gave to His followers: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
And when we say that we share common RESOURCES, we’re not talking about being a commune of some sort. We simply believe that the Church is to be a family of people who help each other out just like a healthy biological family would. When one person has a need, those who are able to help do (and this isn’t always financial in nature). We also believe in honoring each other’s resources and careers and not taking advantage of each other. Thus, our culture is one of generosity and not of lack. (We are also committed to helping families manage their money and resources well so that they can live debt-free and in a position to care for others in an even greater capacity.)
A second aspect to our common resources is that, as a network of house churches, we all value the “training, equipping, and sending” ministries of the larger network. Accordingly, our house churches financially support Roots Church as a whole:
to facilitate global missions, local outreaches, large events, and weekly gatherings;
to rent/purchase and maintain needed equipment and facilities; and
to enable our leadership team to devote their time and attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word (See Acts 6:4; 1 Corinthians 9:14; and 1 Timothy 5:17-18). This includes financially blessing the house church pastors and children’s ministers throughout our network.
And finally, our local region is generally focused on the southeast Michigan cities generally in and around the borders of I-96 (northern), I-275 (eastern), I-94 (southern), and US-23 (western). Jesus told His disciples to go first to their own city (Jerusalem); then to the surrounding, larger region (Judea); then to the neighboring region (Samaria); and then to the farthest reaches of the earth (Acts 1:8). We believe in following the same pattern—beginning with our local area and purposefully advancing the Good News into new areas, even globally.
In short, we are a church who prioritizes close-knit Christian communities while seeking to advance the Gospel worldwide.
At the heart of our mission is the reality that we are part of the Body of Christ in this world, which means that we are Jesus’ representatives here and are called to look like Him in all that we say and do.
We aim to be as much like Jesus as possible, and we challenge one another to hit that target as often as we can (knowing it can only come through inner transformation and help from the Holy Spirit). We believe that if we all—as one Body—encourage one another in this way, we will collectively and individually look more and more like Jesus to the world around us.
Ultimately, our identity is fully found in Jesus. He defines who we are—both as individuals and as a spiritual family. His love becomes our love. His righteousness becomes our righteousness. His mission becomes our mission. Everything that Jesus came to earth to do, say, and be was an example to us of what is possible when a human being lives in right relationship with the Father, free from sin. (See Philippians 2:5-8; Acts 10:38; John 14:12; John 20:21; and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.) And then He paid with His own blood to do exactly that: reconcile us to the Father and set us free from sin. Therefore, as a Church, we believe that who we are to each other, who we are to our community, and who we are to the world are all defined by what we see in the Person of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible (1 John 4:17).
So while on the surface Roots Church is a network of house churches, at our core we are the Body of Christ. Our goal is not to be known in our community as “the house church network,” but to be known as the people who consistently reveal Jesus.