Jesus desires to reconcile all people to himself. We see this as the first mission of MAC. Therefore we want to become a people whose lives value what Jesus values as we work with him to complete his mission. We feel a personal responsibility for the people of Delaware County, the faculty, staff and students of Ball State University and even to the ends of the earth.
We understand that what we value shapes us into the persons we become and drive us to do the things we do, so we have determined that these five little words are the foundation for everything we are and everything we do as MAC.
As a body of Christ, we will intentionally be:
GROWING in intimacy with Christ—Intimacy with God begins with a reconciliation of man to God. We were created to live in relationship, in community, with God. This relationship, started through confession and repentance, grows as we develop the spiritual disciplines in our life by which the believer daily overcomes sin and fosters the love and intimacy that God desires.
LIVING out the Fruit of the Spirit in all relationships— Our relationships with other people must foster “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control.” As our relationships express these workings of the Holy Spirit, we will speak to the power of God’s grace in the world. As we demonstrate these fruit, we will demonstrate the uniqueness of the power that lives in us.
SERVING through the Gifts of the Spirit—The Holy Spirit has given every believer a gift, a special ability, for each one to use in service to God. Each believer is a part of the ministry of the church. It is through the discovery and use of these gifts that we administer God’s grace for the common good of the body.
TELLING our Grace Stories—Every believer’s life is a story of Grace. The message of the gospel is a daily outpouring of grace onto his people. We are his instrument to tell the story. Whatever God is going to do in Delaware County, Ball State and the ends of the earth, he is going to do it through the story of our lives. His story is our story.
STEWARDING our Lives—God has given each of us time, talents and treasures in our life that we are to use for the expansion of God’s Kingdom. We desire to use all that God has entrusted us with, our whole life, to fully cooperate with God in growing his kingdom.
As each of us live our lives within our spheres of influence (family, church, work, school, neighborhood), these 5 Little Words will set the course for everything we do. These 5 little words will evaluate are successfulness as a body of Christ.