The last ingredient ties in with the first, but has to do more specifically with a servant's heart. Jesus said He came to serve not to be served. Matthew 20:28. This ingredient is directed at a specific popular leadership style within many organizations that's designed to lord certain teachings and directions for growth over others. We believe anyone who seeks to lord over others is in great error and has chosen to foolishly step in place of the Holy Spirit. God calls His people sheep and unfortunately sheep can tend to follow other sheep. Some leaders understand that if people are basically forced (herded/driven) into submission that they will pretty much comply. This is what the Bible calls "lording over" another.
Leaders should never simply tell others what to think, rather we all should lovingly go to God's Word, allowing Him to teach us not only what to think, but how to think. In Isaiah 1:18, the Lord invites Israel and us to come and reason together with Him. In 1 Peter, God reminds the elders, "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:2-3
We believe that because we live in a fallen world, that there is no perfect structure to govern the body of Christ, but do believe God does desire basic structure to allow for His Word to be taught truthfully and lovingly. It is also there to ensure our time together is conducted in an orderly fashion, not seeking to draw attention to ourselves. We also believe leadership is there to ensure the safety and godly growth of those whom the Lord has entrusted to us. (1 Corinthians 14:40,43)
Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship is focused on body ministry, allowing the individual parts of the body to serve one another to the edifying and equipping of the whole fellowship. While teachers are raised up to equip and warn the body, the fellowship should function as a body with Christ, not any man, as the Head. Freedom in Christ also believes teachers/elders, deacons, and all others in the fellowship should have input in the overall, God-given direction of the fellowship whenever possible. (Acts 15:22;Ephesians 4:11-16)
Although there are a variety of church leadership models, i.e. pastor-led, elder-led, etc., it is the goal of Freedom in Christ to always remain an elder-led, body-focused, lost-loving, Christ/Word-Centered, and Holy Spirit filled fellowship. (Acts 15:2, 4, 6, 22, 23; 35;1 Timothy 5:17;Titus 1:5;James 5:14)
There will be no market driven, i.e. Walmart philosophies/tactics of manipulation or drawing from other churches as a means of "building" the body. (Romans 1:16;Romans 15:18-20;1 Corinthians 1:18;2 Timothy 4:2)
At Freedom in Christ, there will be a deliberate emphasis on personal interaction as the primary means of informing others of the fellowship, emphasizing the Gospel, always seeking to allow God to be the One adding to the church daily. (Acts 2:46-47;Romans 10:14-17)
All resources will be deliberately and thoughtfully designed, utilizing all forms of technology to point people first and foremost to Jesus Christ and His Holy Word, not a website, Facebook, resources, or even Freedom in Christ Bible Fellowship. (Psalm 40:16;Psalm138:2;John 5:39;1 Corinthians 1:18;Philippians 1:20)