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MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS



The Mission and Vision statements, and Guiding Principles

of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

First uploaded December 16, 2008. Edited December 2017


Our Mission Statement

To proclaim the everlasting gospel and nurture every member in preparation for Christ’s second coming.


Our Vision Statement

Our vision is that every member will consistently demonstrate Christ-likeness in all their interactions and be ready for the coming of the Lord.


Guiding Principles

Values

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southern Bahamas is guided by certain foundational principles and concepts that are grounded on firm Biblical absolutes. Principles of truthfulness, honesty, compassion, support for worthy causes, reverence for God’s word, respect for recognized authorities and the concept of “souls culture” form the core values of the administration and membership of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and will be the basis for self-evaluation and decision-making.
  • Truthfulness: We live in an age when misrepresentation of the truth by individuals and groups has become common practice. However, the Seventh-day Adventist Church Southern Bahamas aims to up-hold the standard of truthfulness in every aspect of its operation and witness. To achieve this we will endeavour to know the truth (John 8:32).
  • Honesty: As a body of believers in Christ, we desire to represent Him in all our interactions in an honest and straightforward manner.
  • Compassion: Our business is to use the resources God has given us to meet the needs of humanity and to serve the less fortunate with compassion and love.
  • Fairness: In an environment of self-serving all-for-me attitude, the church is challenged to deal fairly and equitably with everyone.
  • Forgiveness: The spirit of forgiveness as expressed in the Lord’s Prayer (Matt: 6:12) will motivate our actions toward those who come short in right doing. We believe that one can only be forgiven by God if he is willing to forgive others.
  • Excellence: Since we serve a God who is perfect in every way, it is our wish to please Him. Therefore, by faith we will strive for excellence in everything we attempt in His name.
  • Respect: Recognizing that God is our Creator and that He has given authority to leaders and rulers at various levels in society, we will teach, by precepts and example, that due respect should be shown to God and all legitimate authority.
  • Souls Culture: “Souls culture deemphasizes the church as merely an institution and emphasizes the brotherhoods and sisterhoods of people personally at work in the mission of the church.” “In a souls culture, God does the work through people personally engaged in mission.” Their joy and satisfaction come from being witnesses, not from doing good works for promotion or recognition.