Our Core Values
1 Peter 2:5 captures one of the great principles of the church that belongs to Christ: “You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (ESV). We honor and celebrate the unique nature of every member in our White Oak family, we particularly value the following core areas of the life of our church. We feel that these shared values identify who we are, keep us focused on Christ’s guidance and empowerment, and give us unity in our fellowship.
EXCELLENCE - “We will seek to please and glorify God ...”
The White Oak Baptist Church family believes that honoring God with our very best is an essential quality of Christian living. It is never right to give God our left overs or our second best. Through our proclamation of the Word, our various ministries, our study, our training, and our outreach, we strive to display excellence because we want to do all things to the glory of God.
EVANGELISM - “... by introducing Jesus Christ as Lord ...”
Under the direct commission of Jesus Christ, White Oak exists to reach those in our neighborhoods, our city, our state, our country, and the entire world who have yet to come to faith in Jesus Christ. Our church programming and ministry focus point toward sharing the message of the Gospel with individuals and families. In every worship service, a public invitation is given to allow people to respond to this clear message of hope and eternal promise. All of our church members are challenged to share their faith daily in the work place, at school, and wherever people gather.
ENGAGEMENT - “... to as many people as possible .”
The joyful responsibility of every member of White Oak includes fully engaging in the life of the church. We ask and expect members to faithfully volunteer in multiple areas of church ministry. We challenge every member to participate in mission opportunities. We believe that every member has a financial responsibility to support the work of Christ on earth through the church. By participating in each of these areas of service, a member will experience the fullness of this church fellowship.
EQUIPPING - “We will develop and nurture them in Christian living ...”
One of the great passions of this church family is to purposefully share in the process of Christian growth and development of individuals and families. White Oak offers many outlets for discipleship through training, missions activities, mentoring andour Sunday School. We want to strengthen the faith of those who believe, and to encourage those who are still searching.
EXPANSION - “... using the most effective means to impact the world ...”
White Oak is committed to using new and innovative strategies to reach people for Christ. In 1 Corinthians 9:22, Paul wrote, “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” We never want to be a people who become stagnant and ineffective because we make our motto, “We never did it that way before.”
ENCOURAGEMENT - “... making an eternal difference and impact in this generation ...”
Beyond growth in faith, we believe in the whole development of every individual, and strive to be an encouraging and comforting body of believers. White Oak exists for people … those here and those yet to come. As we develop our people in Christian living, we desire to see individuals and families strengthened by the love shared among the people of this church.