XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church—items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below are the Policy and Procedures of The Sanctuary Fellowship of Rosenberg, Texas.
This manual is to work alongside the bylaws of The Sanctuary Fellowship (TSF). Items that are not discussed in the bylaws will be covered in this manual. The staff and Covenant members are responsible for enforcing these procedures.
Annually, this manual will be reviewed to make sure policies are up-to-date and relevant. Upon any changes, the parties affected will be notified with a formal letter and a printed copy of the updated policy.
The staff reserves the right to make changes before the annual review. The purpose of this manual is to help TSF glorify God in everything they are doing.
The Sanctuary Fellowship Core Values
We want to be intentional about life, to live live on purpose. Acts 17:26 Says that “He (God) made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation …” This means that God was intentional about our lives. He placed us in neighborhoods, work places, classrooms, gyms, and coffee shops on purpose.
Life is not a random accident; rather, God designed it with intention and purpose. We want to live the way of Jesus in front of the audience that God has given us. We love, serve, and care for those that God has “determined” us to be around, in the hopes they will see Jesus in us and be drawn to Him.
“What is truth?” Pilate asks Jesus this question in John 18. Truth was standing right in front of him, and he did not see it. “Truth is living, complex, large, dynamic and animated. Simple words, lists, or formulas could never describe truth or explain the complex nature of our reality” (Donald Miller. Searching for God Knows What, Nelson Publishing). Although we cannot capture Truth in a sentence, we find its essence in the Triune God. In His grace, the Father has revealed Himself through the Son by His Spirit.So, Truth is found in the Person of Jesus. He is the Truth, and the Truth sets us free (John 14:6, 8:32).
God’s self-disclosure to humanity is found in a sacred compilation of various works known as the Bible. God has given us 66 books (39 Old Testament, 27 New Testament) written in three languages—Hebrew, Greek, and a bit of Aramaic, over a period of more than a thousand years, by over forty authors on three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe). Authors include kings, peasants, philosophers, fisherman, poets, statesmen, scholars, etc. Books cover history, sermons, letters, a hymn book and a love song. There are geographical surveys, architectural specifications, travel diaries, family trees, and numerous legal documents. It covers hundreds of controversial subjects with amazing unity. It is the best selling book of all time and is now available in over 3,000 languages.
It is our guide to Truth … our compass to the Triune God. The Bible is an essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to humanity. These Scriptures are fully inspired by God. Here at TSF, we long to be people of the Truth … people who know and study the Bible and there find the Triune God.
Truth without meaning is empty, worthless and most of all, dangerous. We need meaning. We want Truth in motion and Truth lived out. Christian Spirituality is one way Truth works itself out in real life. Prayer, fasting, art, poetry, drama, solitude meditation, music, writing—these are some of the aspects of Christian Spirituality. Our faith is not merely intellectual. It stirs, creates, motivates, and hurts. It is innovative and spontaneous, beautiful and messy.
We value and encourage the outworking of Truth in our community through the myriad of forms that Christian spirituality can take.
At TSF, we desire to follow our Lord’s example to wash each other’s feet. The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve. Believers are expected to walk as Jesus walked. Jesus radically taught that our neighbor is anyone in need, regardless of social status, race, or even religious preference. We are called to wash the feet of our neighbors in order to demonstrate the rich compassion of our Lord.
Foot-washing expresses itself in a myriad of ways—from changing diapers in the nursery, mowing lawns for widows, providing childcare for single moms, or parking cars for weekend worship. We mobilize our Community Groups for life-affirming. Our members show compassion daily for the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the outcast. We are to ask ourselves, “Who can I be a neighbor to?” Those who follow the way of Jesus will be known for their love towards others.
Throughout the Bible, community is a major theme. Beginning with His first creation and continuing with Israel and the New Testament church, God always calls out a people for Himself. Even when the Jews were in captivity and dispersed among enemy nations, they organized themselves into groups that ultimately formed synagogues where they could serve one another and carry out their beliefs.
In Acts 2, the first century church met in temple courts (Sunday morning worship) and in house to house (home group) settings. These new church communities began as small groups, just as Jesus had modeled with the twelve (Mark 3:14; Luke 6:12-19).
There are over fifty Biblical “one another’s” that admonish us to be closely involved with a few others (small groups) in order that we might learn and imitate attitudes and behaviors that characterize God’s household—the community of believers. Small groups are intentional efforts to create an atmosphere conducive for believers and non-believers to grow in their understanding and application of God’s direction in their lives. Small groups help create Biblical community. We value genuine, real, and authentic relationships.
Our Guiding Principles
The Lord has graciously given us the privilege of serving His church. Here is a synopsis of some of the principles and values by which we strive to maintain while working at the The Sanctuary Fellowship.
Truth | Community | Foot-Washing | Christian Spirituality | Missional Living
These are the values we pray are being duplicated in our church; therefore it is imperative that we model them in our work. We desire to maintain a work environment that operates on the basis of Truth. The Word of God is our authority and guide-book. It is also the revelation of the Triune God.
The office culture is a unique community where we have the opportunity to model authentic relationships where we pray for, encourage, share and sharpen one another. The Lord both commanded and modeled foot-washing. The call of the leader is a call to serve. We are also spiritual people who do not fight against flesh and blood. The life of those who follow “The Way” is a mystical and spiritual life of prayer, fasting, sacrificial giving, worship, etc. Our calling to The Sanctuary Fellowship is a call to maintain and sustain this aspect of life.
As our work is rooted in Truth and expressed in community, foot-washing and spirituality, we hope to engender a work environment that is missional in nature. These values are foundations upon which the principles are built.
- Excellence—We are to work with excellence as unto Him. We do not expect perfection, only the pursuit of it (Col. 3:17, 23-24; 1 Cor. 10:31).
- Priority Management—We are too often ruled by the tyranny of the urgent to the detriment of the significant. Plan, prepare and utilize time effectively and efficiently (Psa. 39:4-5; Psa. 90:12; Prov. 6:6-11; Luke 10:38-42).
- Integrity—Our workplace must operate on the basis of honesty and integrity in all matters, all conversations and all actions. This also means we are faithful to be punctual, honor deadlines, return messages and maintain appointments (Prov. 22:11, 28:6; Matt. 5:36-37; Luke 16:10; 2 Cor. 7:2).
- Rest and Celebration—We are a rhythmic people designed for work and rest. The dedicated and ambitious are to be honored, but workaholics are not. Make time and take time to rejuvenate through rest and celebration (Gen. 2:2; Eccl. 4:6; Matt. 11:29; Mark 6:31-32; Prov. 17:22; Luke 15:24).
- Teachability—(Being teach-able t-ch-bl adjective) 1a: capable of being taught; b: apt and willing to learn; 2: favorable to teaching.) Webster defines what scripture demands. We are to always be open to what God would teach us and have us learn as we continue on His journey (Psa. 32:8; Prov. 2:2, 10:17; John 14:26).
Beliefs and Statements about the Bible
We accept the Bible, including the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, as the written Word of God. The Bible is the essential and infallible record of God’s self-disclosure to mankind. It leads us to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Being given by God, the Scriptures are both fully and verbally inspired by Him. Therefore, as originally given, the Bible is free of error in all it teaches. Each book is to be interpreted according to its context and purpose in reverent obedience to the Lord who speaks through it in living power.
All believers are exhorted to study the Scriptures and diligently apply them to their lives. The Scriptures are the authoritative and normative rule and guide of all Christian life, practice and doctrine. They are totally sufficient and must not be added to, superseded or changed by later tradition, extra-biblical revelation or worldly wisdom. Every doctrinal formulation, whether of creed, confession or theology, must be put to the test of the full counsel of God in Holy Scripture.
There is one God: infinite, eternal, almighty and perfect in holiness, truth and love. In the unity of the godhead there are three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, co-existent, co-equal and co-eternal. The Father is not the Son and the Son is not the Holy Spirit, yet each is truly Deity. One God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is the foundation of the Christian faith and life.
The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the eternal Word made flesh, supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. He is perfect in nature, teaching and obedience. He is fully God and was fully man. He was always with God and is God. Through Him all things came into being and were created. He was before all things and in Him all things are held together by the word of His power. He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation and in Him dwells the fullness of the godhead bodily.
He is the only Savior for the sins of the world having shed His blood and died a vicarious death on Calvary’s cross. By His death in our place, He revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having redeemed us from sin, the third day He rose bodily from the grave, victorious over death and the powers of darkness and for a period of forty days appeared to over five hundred witnesses performing many convincing proofs of His resurrection. He ascended into heaven where, at God’s right hand, He intercedes for His people and rules as Lord over all. He is the Head of His body, the church, and should be adored, loved, served and obeyed by all.
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. Through the proclamation of the gospel, He persuades men to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit, a person is led to trust in divine mercy. The Holy Spirit unites believers to Jesus Christ in faith, brings about the new birth and dwells within the regenerate.
The Holy Spirit has come to glorify the Son who in turn came to glorify the Father. He will lead the church into a right understanding and rich application of the truth of God’s Word. He is to be respected, honored and worshiped as God, the Third Person of the Trinity.
God made man—male and female—in His own image, as the crown of creation, that man might have fellowship with Him. Tempted by Satan, man rebelled against God. Being estranged from his Maker, yet responsible to Him, he became subject to divine wrath, inwardly depraved and, apart from a special work of grace, utterly incapable of returning to God.
This depravity is radical and pervasive. It extends to his mind, will and affections. Unregenerate man lives under the dominion of sin and Satan. He is at enmity with God, hostile toward God, and hateful of God. Fallen, sinful people, whatever their character or attainments, are lost and without hope apart from salvation in Christ.
Jesus Christ is the gospel. The good news is revealed in His birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension. Christ’s crucifixion is the heart of the gospel, His resurrection is the power of the gospel and His ascension is the glory of the gospel. Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. It satisfies the demands of God’s holy justice and appeases His holy wrath. It also demonstrates His mysterious love and reveals His amazing grace.
Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man. There is no other name by which men must be saved. At the heart of all sound doctrine is the cross of Jesus Christ and the infinite privilege that redeemed sinners have of glorifying God because of what He has accomplished. Therefore, we want all that takes place in our hearts, churches and ministries to proceed from and be related to the cross.
Man’s Response to the Gospel
Man’s response to the gospel is rooted and grounded in the free gift of God for His own pleasure and glory. Man cannot save himself. Grace and faith are God’s gifts through Christ and given to those whom He calls. It is also true that the message of the gospel is only effectual to those who genuinely repent of their sins and by God’s grace put saving faith in Christ. This gospel of grace is to be sincerely preached to all men in all nations.
Biblical repentance is characterized by a changed life, and saving faith is evidenced by kingdom service or works. While neither repentance nor works save unless a person is willing to deny himself, p