Our Mission and Vision
The core values of the Tennessee Church of God of Prophecy are:
3. Ministerial Development
Through these three core values, we will do every effort to reach our world for Jesus Christ.
The Church of God of Prophecy will be a Christ-exalting, holiness, Spirit-filled, all-nations, disciple-making, church-planting Movement with a passion for Christian union.
In all that we do, may Jesus Christ be visible. He is the Head of the Body and, therefore, must be preeminent in all things. Today we affirm our desire for Christ to be seen more perfectly through this family of ministry.
This body was a part of the “holiness movement” before we were Pentecostal. We were born out of the sweeping holiness camp meeting revival of North America. The call to holiness is deep in our roots and intended to be a component of our destiny. We renew our surrender to God’s grace and the cleansing of His blood, so that we may be like Him.
The prophetic promise of God that “in the last days He would pour out His Spirit over all the earth” (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17) has been and continues to be a central part of the DNA of this global family, the Church of God of Prophecy. We declare our entire dependence on the Holy Spirit, who has been given to lead and empower the Church of Jesus Christ.
By God’s design, this international ministry has from its early days held to the ideal that God’s church would be composed of every “kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9) and have, to the best of their limited ability, attempted to fashion this Church along those lines, even before multi-cultural was acceptable. Today we celebrate multicultural diversity in every level of leadership in this international body and covenant to continue such a rich heritage.
Through more than one century of ministry, this family network has been committed to the biblical call to make disciples in accordance with the Great Commission of Christ. Today we understand that the strength of making disciples will determine our strength in evangelization.
Church Planting Movement
The term saturation church planting has become recognized by missiologists today as an activity that greatly contributes to the spread of the Gospel around the world. The Church of God of Prophecy has reflected this ideal, consistently, in practice, all through her existence. Today we aim to multiply our efforts to invest in planting churches in every place we find opportunity.
Christian Union Seed
The title “Christian Union” at Camp Creek signified a determined understanding among our forefathers that there could be a unity above and beyond religious creeds of the day, which God would use to glorify His name in the earth. Today we intend to cooperate with all that exalt the name of Christ and His great Gospel. We believe that God is challenging us to become a Christ-exalting, holiness, Spirit-filled, all-nations, disciple-making, church-planting Movement with a passion for Christian union.
Empowered by the Holy Spirit, through prayer, we will plant churches and equip leaders to carry out the biblical mandate to make genuine disciples of all the peoples of the world, to the glory of Christ our Lord, Head of the church.
Today leaders in the Church of God of Prophecy recognize that we have been called back to our earliest roots—to proclaim the Gospel to every man, woman, boy, and girl. This is our central mandate. We must build on the call of God to turn to the harvest, placing the Gospel once more at the heart of our vision.
From the first minute of the first Assembly of this Church, the writer described how “strong men wept” when they thought of the lost people of the world dying without the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Therefore, together, we renew our covenant to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth.
From our birth in the mountains of North Carolina, this Church realized that prayer was an essential element in her life and ministry, without which nothing of eternal significance could be accomplished. Therefore, we commit anew to pursue the empowering presence and person of the Holy Spirit.
From age to age in the history of this body, the understanding has developed, consistently, that to reach the lost and build the kingdom of our King, we must develop leaders on every continent. Therefore, we realize leadership development is the key to greater harvest effectiveness.
Again, from the earliest records of this work and its leaders, the foundation of the Bible has been one of the clearest and most highly prized values of this Movement. Therefore, we renew our covenant to walk in the light of God’s Word.
Enabled by the Holy Spirit
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Jesus made it clear that the baptism in the HolySpirit would enable His followers to complete the mandate to reach the world with the Gospel. Recognizing that our own strength is insufficient, we, as leaders in this Church, trust fully in the working of the Holy Spirit among us. We embrace His guidance and empowerment, and, unashamedly, confess our commitment to be people of the Pentecostal blessing, and by His help, we will be a kingdom-oriented Movement, working with believers around the world in the spirit of Christian unity.