PHILOSOPHY

Profile of a Healthy Interdependent Church

  • Kingdom Builders Fellowship International

Preamble: As a family of healthy interdependent churches, the KBIF exists to encourage and empower KBIF churches to intentionally assess and regularly evaluate ministry effectiveness by pursuing the following disciplines. The goal of this ongoing process is that each discipline operates in harmonious balance within the local church.

Centrality of God's Word - "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful... so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Tim. 3:16) Healthy interdependent churches are committed to the proclamation and instruction of God's Word which is clear, theologically sound and communicated in a relevant and practical way. The end result is people who are eager to please God by applying His Word to every area of life.

Passionate Spirituality... Powerful Prayer - "...be filled with the Spirit... be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power..." "Put on the full armor of God...And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests..." (Eph. 5:18-21; 6:10-18) Healthy interdependent churches recognize that it is only the presence and power of the Holy Spirit which enables them to live obediently and transformationally. The prayer lives of such congregations reflect a deep dependence upon God. Experiencing God and following Him are benchmarks of spiritual vitality.

Fruitful Evangelism - "... Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15). Healthy interdependent churches are driven to reach their neighborhoods, nation and world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of racial, economic or political barriers. The budgets, programs and leaders of such churches reflect a high commitment to balanced outreach, evangelism and missions. Significant numerical growth is an expected outcome of this commitment.

God-Honoring Worship - "Shout for joy... Worship the Lord... Enter His gates with thanksgiving..." (Psalm 100) Inspiring worship which glorifies God and engages the heart, mind and emotions of people with God is a hallmark of spiritual health. Healthy interdependent churches are committed to meeting the worship needs of the various generations that attend. Moreover, such churches are characterized by an awareness of God's awesome presence, a spirit of joy and mutual acceptance.

Purpose and Vision Driven - "Therefore go..." (Matt. 28:19-20) Healthy congregations have a clear sense of God's purpose for their church and a compelling vision for the future which is communicated clearly to all members. Purpose and vision mobilize their programs, budgets, personnel and priorities. Church structures are simplified to facilitate purpose and vision. A willingness to change and take risks is crucial to ongoing effectiveness for local church ministry.

Leadership Development - "...entrust to reliable men...” (II Tim. 2:2, I Tim 3:1-13, I Pet. 5:1-11) Healthy interdependent churches are committed to intentional leadership development and the exercise of the leadership gifts. They desire to see trained, godly individuals who are spiritually mature leading their local congregations.

Church Planting - "...in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8; Acts 13-28) Healthy congregations reproduce themselves. They have a vision for planting or facilitating the planting of churches in their community, district and among diverse peoples. They actively support church planting efforts.

Financial Stewardship - "Command... not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth... but to put their hope in God... Command them to do good... and to be generous and willing to share..." (I Tim. 6:17-19) Healthy interdependent churches are financially strong through ongoing stewardship education and the challenging of people to make sacrificial investments for eternity through regular and special gifts. Pastors address the issue of money and possessions in biblical, relevant and practical ways.

Intentional Disciplemaking - "...entrust to reliable men..." (II Tim. 2:2) "Therefore go and make disciples..." (Matt. 28:19-20) Intentional disciplemaking is built into the fabric of every healthy interdependent church. These disciplemaking processes are aimed at taking a majority of local church members from new life in Christ to spiritual maturity. Each member is equipped to discover, develop and deploy their spiritual gift(s) within the context of the local church.

Loving Relationships - "By this will men know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." (John 13:35) The ability of a church to demonstrate Christ-like love impacts its long-term growth potential. Relational love generates a powerful presence that is far more effective in evangelism than programs. Loving relationships produce unity and accountability within the congregation, enabling the church to biblically handle conflict and discipline.

Fellowship - "They devoted themselves... to the fellowship..." (Acts 2:42) Healthy interdependent churches not only grow spiritually in relationship to Christ, they grow relationally in their commitment to one another. Indeed, their commitment to Christ is recognized by their growing sense of support and personal nurturing of one another. Risking personal involvement in other people's lives models the life of Jesus!

WHEN EACH OF THESE DISCIPLINES ARE PRACTICED
IN HARMONIOUS BALANCE,
THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WILL SEE CHRIST IN THE CHURCH,
THE CHURCH'S MINISTRY WILL BE EFFECTIVE,
AND THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL BE EXTENDED AND EXPANDED

Living for Jesus is NOT boring or dull. It is exciting! These are important points that we want to convey to the youth of this generation.

Leadership Team

  • Bishop Gregory L.Fly General Overseer
  • Norman B. Jones, Jr Asst. General Overseer
  • Elder Darrell Carson Board Member
  • Lady Pearlene Fly Board Member