Philosophy of Ministry



1. The Ministry of the Word of God: • We will practice obedience to the Scriptures at all cost • All SDP teachers and chapel speakers evaluated for doctrinal stand • All SDP teachers and chapel speakers evaluated and used based on preparation & skill • All curriculum evaluated on its Biblical content and application • Controlling the atmosphere of the mission for the ministry of the Word • Using the KJV as our primary rule of faith and practice and other versions as reference for clarification among staff and volunteers • Core SDP curriculum to include doctrinal teaching and practical application in spiritual growth and life skills • Never moving from our position on the Word of God or compromising on Biblical mission or position John 8:31-32; 17:17; Matthew 28:19; Romans 10:17; James 1:22-25; 1 Timothy 3:15-16; Psalms 19:7-14; Luke 1:79

2. Clear Organizational Structure: • Written organizational chart • Written staff job descriptions • Staff Handbook • Staff training (initial and continued) • SDP core curriculum • Clear policies • Adherence to Mission policies 1 Corinthians 14:33; Nehemiah 3; 1 Chronicles 22-27; Mark 6:39-44; Exodus 18:1-27

3. Personal, Relational Ministry: • Personal Evangelism • Regularly scheduled SDP evaluations • Regularly scheduled SDP consultations • Personal interest in SDP participants • Accountability for work assignments •Training for work assignments Acts 2:46; 2 Timothy 2:2; Galatians 6:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17

4. Integrity & Accountability: • Legal in all things • Open and honest financial reports • Regular financial reports • Employee’s policy handbook with clear expectations • Selectively choosing staff in accordance with our philosophy and doctrine • Fairness and equality with staff programs • Weekly activity reports • Policies formulated and enforced Luke 12:48; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:22

5. A Ministry of Refuge: • Drug-free environment • Safe environment • Consistent application of policy and rules • Consistency in policy application and demeanor from staff • Clean facility • Insubordination and disrespect not tolerated • Treatment of guests with dignity and respect • Security cameras • Drug testing • No racial or cultural prejudices tolerated • Eliminating/limiting unhealthy, ungodly, or questionable influences within the mission Proverbs 14:26; Psalms 9:9; 46:1-11; Numbers 35:11-13; Joshua 21:13, 21, 27, 32, 38

6. Partnership & Unity: • Board of Directors and Executive Director relationship • Staff and Executive Director relationship • Clear expectations and organizational structure • Staff relationships • Cooperating with other organizations (within our uncompromising commitment to Biblical doctrine and spiritual mission) • Clear process for resolving conflicts • Spirituality and maturity expected of staff in dealing with one another Psalms 133:3; Ephesians 4:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:14-27; Matthew 18:15-17; 5:23-25

7. The Local Church: • Providing to the community and our clients seeking a church family a network of recommended churches in harmony with CRM • Identification with a Board-of-Director-approved local New Testament Church that will ensure attendance and care while guests of CRM • A working relationship with area churches in providing services to needy individuals Matthew 16:18; 1 Timothy 3:15; Colossians 1:18; Ephesians 4:11-16; James 1:27

8. Stewardship of Resources: • Substantive, competitive employee compensation • Employee training • Positive work atmosphere • Fair treatment of employees • Promoting long-term employees • Maximizing personal potential for the employee and the mission • Accountability for finances • Careful use of funds • Strategic use of funds for long-term benefit of the mission • Specific fund-raising strategy • Facilities up to code as best as we know • Quality appearance and operation • Strategic planning of facility use and expansion Matthew 25:23-30; Luke 19:12-27; Genesis 41; John 17:6-26

9. Faith: • God will provide people resources, financial resources, and facility resources as we are faithful. • God will lead the staff and board in new directions. • We will base all decisions on the Biblical foundation expressed in our philosophy of ministry. • We will not seek to manipulate people or organizations, but will serve others and trust God for His working in lives and the opening of doors of ministry. Luke 1:37; Hebrews 11:6; Daniel 11:32b; Psalms 19:7-12; I John 5:14-15; Philippians 4:6; I Corinthians 16:9; Colossians 4:3

10. Christian Liberty: • Clear and high expectations of staff in personal standards (in and out of the mission) • Atmosphere that, as much as possible, will not lead a “weaker brother” into a spiritual fall (music, television, computers, conversation topics, etc.) • When in doubt, to take the high road • Raise our awareness of others and how our choices affect them, and thus to limit ourselves for the spiritual well-being of others 1 Corinthians 8:9, 12, 13;  9:19, 22, 27;  10:23, 24, 29, 31, 33; Ephesians 5:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

11. Compassion: • Genuinely interested in the needs of others • Genuinely acting on the needs of others as much as possible • Encouraging others in need • Confronting others in need • Doing the thing that best benefits the individual and others, regardless of the response of the individual Jude 24; Matthew 9:36; 1 Peter 5:7