Partner Manual Who We Are
Spirit of Faith Christian Center
WHO WE ARE
We are loving, serving, and impacting generations by faith, in excellence, one life at a time.
To empower the Ministry of Leaders to lead this body alongside our Apostle Mike & DeeDee Freeman. “Leading God’s People With Us”
To build a diverse, multicultural community, that moves in unity.
To impart the Spirit of Excellence through sound biblical teaching, transformative environments for corporate worship, and 5-star customer service.
To perfect the balance between the “Word” and the “Spirit” of the Progressive Church.
To be the largest church in the greater Washington, D.C. area by transforming the lives of non–believer’s as disciples of Christ. We will do more for the non–believer than any other ministry.
To expand both the Brandywine and the Baltimore campuses thereafter, as a life changing, transformational oasis of Faith in their respective communities.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
SPIRIT OF FAITH CHRISTIAN CENTER (SOFCC) is called, ordained and anointed by God to bring the Body of Christ into a prosperous relationship with the Godhead: FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT.
We have been called to preach the gospel to the poor, “…to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18 ‐ 19).
We believe that all scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
We believe that there is one body and one Spirit; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, through all and in all.
We believe that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and are in need of salvation.
We maintain that faith in Christ Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection is the only way, truth and life.
The born again experience occurs upon confessing that God raised Jesus from the dead and asking Jesus to come inside your heart.
We believe in the subsequent experience of the baptism of Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with tongues.
We believe that Holy Spirit expresses Himself through people.
We believe in the ministry gifts as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 and we expect the expression and fulfillment of the same.
We believe in water baptism and observance of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).
We believe in the return of our soon coming King, Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the dead in Christ and that those who remain will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. This is the Second Coming as described in 1 Thessalonians 4.
PHASE 1 OF THE VISION
As Pastor called by God into ministry, I have been given a vision to fulfill God’s purpose in the Body of Christ. Ephesians 4:8 and 12 reads, “…[He] gave gifts unto men…for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ…” What Dr. DeeDee and I are doing is clearly writing the vision for this ministry, so that partners will know it and it will be established in their hearts. With understanding and purpose, we will fulfill the charge that God has given us.
The vision that God has given us is first, to teach and develop a “SPIRIT OF FAITH” in you so that you will, in turn, teach it to others as this congregation grows. Secondly, God has given us a specific geographic area. Our plans are to provide a spiritual, social and economical structure to that area, so that we will be able to meet the needs of the whole man. The vision consists of a great sanctuary, recreational facilities, a battered women’s home and much more.
Habakkuk, whose name means Embracer, was instructed to write the vision, so that all who read it would know that the answer to all of their problems was in the vision. We have embraced the Word that the Lord has given to us and we are informing you that now is the time to act on God’s Word.
“The Vision is the Answer.” Proverbs 29:18 reads very clearly that without a vision, you can forget it, because, “… the people will perish.”
Isaiah 46:10 reads, “Declaring the end from the beginning…” Our job is to clearly explain the purpose, goals, objectives, strategies and plan of action to successfully bring forth the Vision. Without goals, progress is haphazard, unchartered and difficult to measure in accountability. Purpose and motivation are fed by goals. Objectives equal direction and they will help us to see where we are going.
They are essential to the goals and consistent with the purpose and vision of the ministry.
Years ago in a dream, God showed me where He was taking my life. He said, “Go and teach my people the power of God that they have within them.” Now I see why we are called the Spirit of Faith Christian Center. This ministry will have to develop a spirit of faith on the inside of you and you will learn how faith comes, how faith grows and how faith operates. Your responsibility then is to teach others as they come, so that they will have the same spirit of faith. For without faith, it is impossible to please God!
God is successful! Thus, it is God’s plan for this ministry to be successful. It is God’s nature to succeed. We are created to succeed in everything that we set our hands to do. Joshua 1:8 states, “then you shall make your way prosperous and then you shall have good success,” but, this is contingent upon our keeping God’s Word, following His instructions and adhering to His divine principles. One major divine principle in God’s Word is that we must have faith. It is God’s Will that we know that this is what He requires of us.
Before we can do anything, we must first know that God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him in faith. Jesus instructed us to occupy (to do business) until He comes. We are about our Father’s business, but in order to see people born again and made His disciples, we first must have faith.
Planning is vitally important to bring forth the vision of God. It has been said that he who fails to plan, plans to fail. Every partner who has resources to complement the needed departments in this ministry must begin to step forward and bring the effectiveness of his / her ministry to full view. Each partner is a very important part of this ministry. God is depending on us to implement the plans and He will work them out step‐by‐step.
Now, there must be a strategy in this plan. “How and where should I commit my resources?” God’s answer to this question is your strategy. HALLELUJAH! Remember this: You must seek God to determine where to commit your resources, because “EVERYONE IS NEEDED AND EVERYONE IS IMPORTANT!!!”
1 Corinthians 12:14 reads, “For the body is not one member, but many.” So it is that there are many parts, but one body. As Pastor of this ministry, God has made me the head, but the head is ineffective without hands, feet, legs, arms and other parts. Every one of you are important in bringing the goals, objectives and Vision to pass. We must organize to have proper management in executing the Vision that God has given to US.
We must begin to organize everything!!! Organization is God’s first principle. Before He gave His best, He organized. If we want to be God’s best, we must organize. Organization is a social system, deliberately established to carry out some definite purpose. The organization assigns a position to each member and the member has a part to play in the organization’s collective program. The church is not just an organization, but it is an organism alive!! But, this organism must be an organized organism.
THE CHURCH…IT’S ALIVE AND ORGANIZED!!
Next stop, FAITH CITY!
In the midst of all the growth of the ministry, God spoke to Dr. Mike to build Faith City. Faith City is a city within itself- with a 5000 seat sanctuary, schools, businesses, senior citizens home and much more , it will be a place that meets the needs of the whole man-spirit, soul and body. In the 2008, the purchase of 200 acres of land in Ackokeek, MD was made to accommodate the plans for Faith City. God had once again proven Himself faithful to His Word. When God gives a man a dream, He gives him the resources to build that dream.