MISSIONS: StoneWater Church will…
- Intentionally reach the unchurched
- Meet at multiple times and in multiple locations
- Plant new churches in the United States and throughout the world
- Continually change our methods of reaching people without changing Christ’s message
WORSHIP: StoneWater Church will…
- Be creative and modern in our music and messages
- Be sensitive to the unchurched
- Strive for excellence
FELLOWSHIP: StoneWater Church will…
- Be a safe place for believers to be open and honest with one another
- Practice forgiveness
- Pursue unity
DISCIPLESHIP: StoneWater Church will…
- Teach how to live a life that pleases God
- Have a ministry plan for helping believers become mature disciples of Christ
- Place a high priority on children and student ministry
MINISTRY: StoneWater Church will…
- Equip members to have a ministry within the church
- Find ways to serve in the community
Our Mission Statement: We exist to REACH people with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ and EQUIP them to become committed disciple-makers of Him.
The Great Commandment: “Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…soul…and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’” –Matthew 22:36-40
The Great Commission: “Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I’ve commanded you.’” – Matthew 28:19-20
- Reach MEN: By reaching men we can reach the entire family. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
- Equip FAMILIES: We want to be a church known for producing healthy families. (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
- Plant CHURCHES: We want to produce what God has done at StoneWater all over the world. (Mark 16:15)
Our Family Values
These are the attitudes of our heart as we learn to love and serve with each other in the StoneWater Family.
1. Put the goals and interests of others above my own.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”- Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.” – John 13:34-35 (ESV)
2. Live an honest and open life before others.
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”-Ephesians 4:25 (ESV)
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” -1 John 1:7 (ESV)
3. Give and receive scriptural correction.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” –Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
“But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” -Hebrews 3:13 (ESV)
4. Clear up relationships.
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” –Matthew 5:23-24 (ESV)
“…bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” -Colossians 3:13 (ESV)
5. Participate in ministry.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:” –1 Peter 4:10 (ESV)
“…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 (ESV)
6. Support the work financially.
“On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come.” –1 Corinthians 16:2 (ESV)
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. “-2 Corinthians 9:6-7
7. Follow spiritual leadership within Scriptural limits.
“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.” –Hebrews 13:17
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:5-7
Our G4 Strategy
How we accomplish our mission.
The Get In Team exists to help reach people and connect them to a relationship with Jesus and His Church.
Ministries: Sunday Welcome Teams, Sunday Production Team, Worship, Events, Communications & Marketing, Social Media
The Get Healthy Team exists to help people recognize and repent from sin while replacing out lies with His Truth.
Ministries: Pastoral Care for Men and Women, Connection Center, Baptism, Prayer, re|engage Marriage Ministry, Help Ministry
The Get Strong Team exists to move people into healthy groups to connect them to God’s Word, God’s Spirit and God’s People.
Ministries: StoneWater Kids (Little Campers, Camp Stepping Stone, Wild Woods), Elevate Student Ministry, Groups, Women’s Ministry, Men’s Ministry
The Get Going Team exists to equip and mobilize his people to serve, share their faith and support His Ministry.
Ministries: Missions & Church Planting
The Big Ask
It all began on a road trip to pick up a motorcycle that Jeremy bought on EBay. On that road trip in September 2003, Joey shared with his brother, Jeremy, that God was leading him to start a church. He wanted Jeremy to consider joining him.
Jeremy and Joey both saw the need for churches that could reach out to young families. They also had a heart to see men “step up” and become leaders in their families. They felt that churches that could reach men and minister to families would be able to truly impact the world. They also were thinking big. They did not want to simply start one church, but felt that God was calling them to start one church that would be a catalyst for starting many churches.
Dreams Become Reality
After almost two years of praying and planning, Jeremy, Joey and their families moved to Granbury in June 2005 to start StoneWater Church.
The following month StoneWater Church entered the community parade to give away water bottles and invite cards to a Sneak Preview service that was held at the square where 100 people attended the weekend of July 4, 2005.
From that service a Launch Team was formed that met at Jeremy’s home each week. The team consisted of about 12 families. Together they dreamed, prayed, planned and prepared to launch StoneWater Church.
One of the questions on everyone’s mind was, “Where will we meet?” God answered that prayer by providing the opportunity to meet at the Driftwood Theater. StoneWater Church officially launched meeting weekly at the Driftwood with over 190 people in attendance.
Since the launch, God has overwhelmed us with new families every week. Within a year the church outgrew the Driftwood and moved into a school. StoneWater currently meets at Texana Plaza, between Lowe’s and Walmart in Granbury and at our campuses in Glen Rose, Cleburne, and Tolar. The Cleburne Campus was launched in September 2014. On a typical Sunday, we will see over 3,000 men, women and children visit our four campuses.
Every ounce of credit for StoneWater Church goes to God. Without His vision, StoneWater would not exist.
The structure of StoneWater Church is based on the Bible. The structure is not determined by culture, business practices or even denominational traditions.
The Goals of our Structure:
- At StoneWater Church we want to maximize MINISTRY and minimize MAINTENANCE.
“God gave … some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so that the body of Christ may be built up to unity in the faith.” Ephesians 4:11-12 (Emphasis added)
- At StoneWater, we function on the basis of SPIRITUAL GIFTS and not ELECTED OFFICERS.
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are man form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We each have different gifts according to the grace given us.” – Romans 12:4-6
The People are the “MINISTERS.”
The Pastors are the “EQUIPPERS.”
Members: Every member of StoneWater Church is expected to serve in ministry or start a new one.
Pastors: Every pastor of StoneWater Church is expected to equip the members to serve in ministry.
Implication: The church is led by the Pastors. The ministry of the church is performed by the Members.
- At StoneWater we promote UNITY and downplay our DIFFERENCES.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” –Ephesians 4:3
“(Often)…your meetings do more harm than good because I hear that when you come together as a church, there are division among you…” – 1 Corinthians 11:17-18
Five Functions of Pastors in the New Testament:
1. Teaching the Bible & maintaining doctrinal purity to equip the church. (Acts 11:23; 20:30-31; Ephesians 4:11-12)
2. Modeling Christ before the Church. (1 Thessalonians 2:10)
3. Disciplining those causing division. (1 Corinthians 4:14-21)
4. Overseeing financial matters. (Acts 11:20)
5. Praying for the sick. (James 5:13-16)
Accountability at StoneWater
In most thriving churches the pastors are both protected and held accountable by the structure. It is important that the pastors are protected legally, spiritually, emotionally and socially, so they can get their job done. Clearly Scripture teaches that pastors are ultimately accountable to God. At StoneWater we also have a board of directors who help protect and hold the pastors accountable.
StoneWater Advisory Board
- The advisory board consists of five members.
- The advisory board is chosen by the Lead Pastor.
- The Lead Pastor serves as the chairman of the advisory board.
- The board holds the Lead Pastor and staff accountable to the integrity of the church.
- The board offers advice to the pastoral staff, but does not make the mission decisions of the Church.
- The board sets the salary of the Lead Pastor and advises the salaries of the staff.
- The board has the power to fire the Lead Pastor if the Lead Pastor harms the integrity of the Church. In the event of sudden loss of the Lead Pastor, the highest ranking pastor from within the structure of StoneWater Church will assume the role of the interim Lead Pastor and together with the advisory board they will locate a permanent Lead Pastor.
Our Essential Beliefs
God – God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1, 26, 27; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14
Jesus Christ – Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5; 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
The Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives inside every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13, 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16-17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18
The Bible – The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God it is the truth without any mixture of error. 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105,160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5
Human Beings – People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Isaiah 59:1-2
Salvation – Salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ in his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
Eternal Security – Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the true believer is secure in that salvation for eternity. If you have been genuinely saved, you cannot “lose” it . Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives us this security. John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1;12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10, 14; 1 Peter 1:3-5
Eternity – People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:17-18: Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9