As the family of St. John’s, we believe God has called us to lead in our personal households and our congregational household; we lead in the larger church, in our communities, and in the world. We proclaim three basic truths: It’s all His, He saves, and His will is what’s best for us.
Disciples are those who have been called by and follow Christ. We believe that the work of discipleship does not stop at the sanctuary doors. Discipleship happens everywhere: in homes, at work, in the classroom, at the park, in the hospital, and at times when we least expect it. The family of St. John’s have adopted five expressions to give more weight to our vision of “Discipleship in as many places as possible.”
Heart of the City: West Bend residents and her visitors will find resources and treasures for life through the ministries of St. John’s, located in the heart of the city. Additionally, St. John’s family, having received the Lord’s gift in worship, shall serve in neighborhoods and community groups in the Lord’s name.
As Christ Stations: Those baptized will bring the transforming presence of Christ into the lives of others with whom they interact each day at home, work, and play.
Havens of Recreation: St. John’s family and our guests shall receive refreshment and re-creation through fun activities among those who are called by and follow Christ.
Renewal and Recovery: Those wounded by life’s trials and circumstances may find hope as they gather with fellow Christians who listen and lean upon the Lord’s mercy and consolation.
New Generation: Infants and children, youth and college-aged to young adults shall experience God’s love through real life people who are involved in educational ministries, fellowship opportunities, as well as worship, mission, and service ministries.
“Discipleship in as many places as possible” becomes visible and real as the family of St. John’s lives out the mission of “Connecting, Caring, and Sharing in Christ.”
Connecting in Christ:Celebrating the gifts given in baptism, we joyfully connect with the Lord’s Word and Sacraments along with others of all ages.
Caring in Christ: Receiving forgiveness and other expressions of the Lord’s care, we are used as vessels of His care for others experiencing brokenness and sorrow.
Sharing in Christ: Beneficiaries of Christ’s holiness by grace, we share the Lord’s victory and God’s desire that all would share in Christ’s holiness through faith.
God’s family, here at St. John’s, lives out the vision and mission by seeking relationships through a life of discipleship and following eight promises of grace, knowing that following these promises can only happen because of the strength God gives us through His Word and Sacrament, trusting in His hope and forgiveness when we fall short.
- Joyfully celebrate the gifts of forgiveness of sins and eternal life, which God gave us in our baptism,
- Openly proclaim to others our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as expressed in the words of the Apostles’ Creed,
- Be steadfast in prayer,
- Daily oppose the devil and all sinful influences around us and from within us,
- Be loyal to our church family and her teachings,
- Declare the Scriptures to be the inerrant inspired Word of God,
- Ongoing spiritual growth through regular/faithful worship, reception of Holy Communion, and Bible Study,
- Serve our Lord with the time, talents, and resources He gives us within our church family and within His church at large .
Relationship and Leadership Covenants
Members and leaders of God’s Household at St. John’s live out our mission and vision through the relationships that God has given us. We make a promise, as baptized members of Christ’s Church, represented by the congregation known as St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of West Bend, WI, and, in addition, having been taught the Christian Faith as expressed in Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, we commit ourselves to the accomplishment of our Lord’s Great Commission, knowing that our commitment depends fully upon the strength God fives us daily through his means of Grace (Word and Sacrament) and trusting in His forgiveness when we fall short.