Our Theological Framework
For all Ginghamsburg Ministry
All are invited to take the next step toward deepening their relationship with Jesus and others.
Faith in Jesus is a process where followers are lifelong learners who grow through God’s love into a deeper understanding of God, others and ourselves. Everyone is invited to live the Jesus life through the life rhythms of worshiping, growing and multiplying.
Colossians 1:28-29; Philippians 1:6; Matthew 11:28-29
All will be challenged to grow in their awareness and application of the Bible.
The Bible is central to our faith. When interpreting the Bible, we not only see the Bible as primary, but we also reflect on tradition, experience and reason. This four-fold look at the Bible is a reliable tool for maintaining sound doctrine and engaging in theological reflection and exploration. We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God. But the Bible is not God. Jesus himself is the Living Word. We commit to always being open to God’s greater revelation through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20
All are invited to serve out of their call and giftedness as the priesthood of all believers.
Jesus commissioned the Church to invite all people to discover their call and giftedness through the Holy Spirit, so that all may love and serve within the Body of Christ.
Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Ephesians 4:11-13
All are invited to embrace the unity of the Body of Christ.
We embrace Jesus’ design of one body, one church. Unity is a biblical mandate and not optional. Throughout Christian history numerous thoughts, views and opinions have been held concerning a variety of issues. We believe it is important to promote unity in the middle of disagreement, giving the church opportunity to engage in healthy and respectful conversation. We recognize this means at times passionate disagreement, but we are committed to holding opposing viewpoints in love. We will engage in our peacemaking practice of asking anything, listening well, freely disagreeing and loving regardless.
Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:4-6; John 17
We believe that unity of the church is a primary practice for the Body of Christ generally and for Ginghamsburg Church specifically. Unity is not the same as uniformity. Ginghamsburg Church is full of people with a variety of theological perspectives concerning many issues facing the current Church, including the biblical understanding of human sexuality. We will always use “Our Theological Framework” as the basis for all ministry decisions. Our intention is to love the way that God loves us by doing no harm and doing all the good we can. We will maintain the historic biblical picture of marriage being between one man and one woman, at the same time recognizing others within our congregation may have a different biblical interpretation. We will teach and listen with compassion as we walk alongside each other.
- Everyone is welcome to serve in all ministries as long as they meet ministry-specific criteria.
- Everyone is welcome to participate in any class or activity offered by Ginghamsburg Church for personal enrichment.
- Everyone is invited to become a member and explore a call to leadership.
Leadership requirements include membership as well as a commitment to celibacy in singleness and faithfulness in marriage.
- Everyone’s marriage relationship will be respected at Ginghamsburg Church.
Ginghamsburg will continue to provide marital support of all married couples. All can participate in any marriage course.
With regard to officiating same sex weddings, Ginghamsburg clergy will not officiate same sex weddings, nor will our facilities be used for same sex weddings. However, clergy will continue to offer pastoral support as same sex couples navigate personal issues concerning faith and life.