Traditions & Preferences
At Harvest, the dress code is specifically de-emphasized. We are free in Christ with things like hair length, music preferences and forms of worship provided we avoid sin. This is not meant to be disrespectful to those who prefer a more uniform and formal practice in dress. Rather, it is an acknowledgment that, at times, dress is a barrier for unbelievers that is not necessary. Also, dress can become a barrier for believers as they may begin to focus more on how well others are dressed than on the Lord. Historically, there is no evidence in the Scripture that the apostles, nor Jesus, nor the people who gathered together to hear them in homes and to worship with them, dressed in anything except for their every day clothing. We desire that clothing become less important and Jesus become more important.
On the other hand, we would hope that people would dress in a way that is respectful of his neighbor as far as cleanliness and propriety are concerned. We should not be seeking to dress for reasons of pride and drawing undo attention to ourselves. Also, we desire that those who prefer to dress in nicer clothes feel free to do so and not be judged for their actions either.
Also, we have no desire to judge other congregations where the pastor and people dress formally for church worship. We believe that clothing is an area of freedom in worship. Let us freely receive one another with joy and understanding that each one is different.
Harvest has not mandated a bible translation of choice. We leave the choice to the individual. We do recommend a translation that is readable for your level of understanding and still reliable from the original languages. That said, we have chosen the English Standard Version to be the Bible translation we give away to guests and preach from. We do this because a) it is a translation that is in plain language, b) very reliable to the original languages, and c) allows us uniformity for the purpose of reading along during services. There are some translations that are excellent, some that are poor, and some in between. If you would like input on specific versions, please speak to one of the Pastors.
We are committed to becoming well known in the community and to make Jesus Christ known. Our prayer is that through recognizing our name and attending Harvest, the lost would receive salvation in His name. Our people are our best form of advertisement because excitement and enthusiasm are contagious. When those who attend Harvest are excited about the Lord and their church, others will be drawn to the Lord and into the church.
Significant and radical transformation in people’s lives can take place through the power of the Holy Spirit. God can make a difference in the lives of people, and in turn, they can make a difference in the lives of others.
We want the name of Harvest Community Church to be known so that people know where to come in order to find our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is not our name that matters, but His. We are open to advertising the name of the church for the purpose of evangelism in any way that is ethical.
We are committed to church growth. In order for our church to grow, our people must grow in their own relationship with the Lord. We seek to assist each person in their spiritual growth. We worry about the “depth” of our spiritual growth and let the Lord worry about the “width.” Consequently, as Christians grow in depth, they will learn of their need to reach their communities with the good news of Jesus. Because of this, we will happily and with great perseverance invest in efforts to grow our church. There is no “ideal” size. Whomever God will bring, we want to accommodate. We never want to say, “Well, we’re big enough.” Until the Lord comes, there is always room for more. However, we will not become discouraged either if God determines to bless our efforts at growth in a smaller manner than we desire. He is the Lord. We are to be faithful and allow Him to give the increase.
We are committed to seeing people use their Spiritual gifts in ministry. We desire to be a church that utilizes everyone's gifts, talents and abilities. Every person in the body has spiritual gifts, and they are needed to fulfill the mission of the church. Harvest is not a place where you have to be asked to act on a need. We encourage our people to see a need and to work with others to meet the need. Every child of God is also a co-worker of God.
If you have an interest in any particular area of ministry, speak to one of the Pastors regarding that interest or calling. We remain open regarding direction for new ministries. However, all ministries under Harvest Community Church need to be approved through the Elders. We are very interested in developing new leaders as we seek to fulfill the Great Commission. Our integrity in the community is important as we seek to do the right things in the right manner.
We are committed to doing things God’s way, even if it's not what we are accustomed to from our past church experience. It is our desire to hear from God, experience God and follow Him. Risk and failure are always possibilities as we try different ways to bring the gospel to the world. God requires a return on His investment in us, and we view reaching out, taking chances, being creative, and risking setbacks as all part of the path of success in bringing Him that return.
We continually evaluate ministry and programs to maintain effectiveness in reaching our community for Christ. We want to be a church that effectively implements change and thrives during the process. We will be required to make changes and adjustments to things we do.
We are committed to unity in the midst of diversity. We may differ in opinion without causing division in the body of Christ. This is an ongoing value of Harvest. We invite you to join us on this adventure in loving.
We extend God’s grace to people and forgive as we have been forgiven.
Our goal is to treat every person who walks through the doors of Harvest with the same attention, affection, affirmation and acceptance that Jesus would give those individuals. We seek to display that we are disciples of Jesus by the way we serve and love one another. Rich or poor, young or old, black or white, dirty or clean, believer or unbeliever, all people are of equal importance to our God and worthy of our love and accommodation.