Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve. - I Peter 5:2 (NIV)
The church has a very clear mission from Jesus: go and make disciples. What does discipleship look like today? We believe it includes growing in our adoration and devotion to God, maturing in His wisdom, walking in line with the Gospel (Galatians), and learning what it means to serve the King in all areas of our lives – IPC, Memphis and the world. This type of discipleship will not happen if we are not growing in a community of believers. There are no lone rangers in the body of Christ – it is essentially impossible to mature in our faith while living in isolation with fellow believers. Scripture clearly calls us into a new family that is speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love (Ephesians 4:16). This is why the leadership of IPC desires that all members be involved with a particular age and stage community. We desire every member to be known by name by a pastor and a shepherding Elder (I Peter 5:1-3). We long to know your spiritual story; we hope to minister to you and your family. These communities will also provide for you the opportunity to grow with other believers - mutually encouraging one another through small groups and other fellowship events. Simply put, we believe that what East Memphis needs most is the Gospel of Jesus Christ being expressed in a devoted community where hope is realized in a hopeless world.