Our Purpose Statement
The purpose of Stony Brook Fellowship is to worship God and study His Word in the context of discipleship and nurturing fellowship while introducing and reintroducing others to a relationship with God.
Who We Are Trying To Reach
Simply put, we are trying to reach the over-churched and the under-churched. There are many people that have given up on church because of past painful or unfulfilling church experiences. In a sense they have become fed-up with church. By their dropping out of the church scene they basically are saying that they have been “over churched.” We are trying to demonstrate that we are different than the churches they have tried in the past; which are just going through the motions or are dominated by legalism. The other group of people that we feel Stony Brook is well suited at reaching is the person who has no or very little church exposure. In a sense they are “under churched.” To reach these people we try to present ourselves, how we worship and teach the gospel, in a way that they find relevant and meaningful. That is why we emphasize building relationships at church and through small groups, and by taking a contemporary approach to our services.
Our Focus and Direction
Because we know that we are just imperfect people meeting a loving God, we strive not to allow tradition or inward thinking to stop us from reaching people for Christ. Our ministry focus is based on two things: meaningful, inspiring worship that celebrates what God is doing in and through us; and nurturing spiritual growth through small groups and discipleship.
What we strive to be like
- To see introducing people to Jesus Christ as the foremost mission of our church.
- To value the important role each person plays in accomplishing the mission and ministry of the church.
- To have a discipleship process that leads people from unbelief to spiritual maturity.
- To worship in a contemporary way that resonates with our culture.
- To place a high priority to the practice of prayer in our personal lives as well as in the life of the church.
- To exercise the attitudes of flexibility, openness and freedom from petty doctrines or practices.
- To teach in a way that connects with people through practical application to life.
- To use small groups as our primary method of extending love, care and relationship building.
- To always receive people with warmth that conveys acceptance without judgment.