The Church is God’s family
Everyone who accepts Jesus as his Lord and Savior and commits himself to follow God’s commandments is a member of God’s eternal family. This family transcends space and time and brings together people of all nations and tongues and tribes, both men and women. Jesus is our elder brother and God is our Father. The Greek meaning of the word “church” is “called out”. This means that Christians, even though they are in the world, are no longer members of the world system because they were called out to take part in the Kingdom of God. Their role is to be instructors of salvation in Jesus and of the practical application of God’s will for humanity, and to be—as Jesus said in Matthew 5:13-14—salt and light on this earth.
God wants you to be a member of his family
The Father so loved the world that He sent Jesus so you could be reconciled to Him. This is the only way you can fully experience the richness of His love and grace. Not only that, he prepared a sure direction and destiny for your life, so that, following it, you can develop your full potential. God does not want you walking on the earth alone and without support so he formed a beautiful family in which His children can enjoy mutual support, unity, love and joy in serving each other.
Verbo is a part of the Body of Christ
Verbo Christian Church is a part of the Body of Christ with a particular expression of the love and purpose of God. What makes a person a member of a local church is his commitment to the other members, the leadership and the group’s purpose and vision. The Bible clearly says in the first letter of the apostle Paul to the Corinthians, “But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased (1 Corinthians 12:18).”
God has a place for every child
Each believer’s duty is to become part of the congregation that God wants him to join. The Bible says that the Church is the Body of Christ and that we belong to each other and we need to take care of each other’s needs. Just as an organ of the body cannot live disconnected from the rest of the body, the believer cannot live spiritually without being part of a local church where he can receive and give, serve and be served, love and be loved. This atmosphere of acceptance, belonging, power, spiritual care, and service that the church family provides creates an environment in which each member receives what he needs to grow in a healthy manner.
The church is a family of people who live under the sovereignty of Jesus
Verbo expresses a global mission
Verbo members first identify themselves with God’s purposes. Second, they identify themselves not only with a local congregation but also with a family of churches, schools and social programs that we call Verbo Ministries. This ministry’s mission is to manifest the Kingdom of God over all the earth.
Verbo is a very special church. The characteristics that determine its identity allow its members and visitors to experience God in a new and real way.
These features include:
The presence of the Holy Spirit of God is evident during our meetings. It can be felt in the atmosphere. We worship with contemporary, powerful and dynamic music of high quality. Preaching and teaching are powerful, yet simple–designed to help each person move forward in his journey to realize his potential as a human being and child of God and thus fulfill his will on the earth.
Ample Space to Serve
All members have opportunities to use their gifts and abilities. Instead of being mere spectators, they become protagonists of church life, taking their place in the priesthood of believers.
Permanent Learning Opportunities
We have an effective system of training and discipleship that helps each member grow in the knowledge and practice of the Word of God so he can enjoy the blessings of a healthy life, fruitful and useful.
Special Attention to Visitors
We work to help those who visit us feel welcome. We aim to satisfy their concerns and needs by reaching out to them with the Gospel from a position of service and friendship. This is something we do with care and quality.
We are a family that enjoys spending time together–laughing, eating, playing, talking, and sharing life in a fraternal dimension. Our mutual commitment translates into actions that provide solutions to fundamental problems of our members. Our informal, friendly approach appears in all areas of our church, but especially in our churches-in-the-home and other small groups.
Lifestyle Based on Principles and Values
We are a church that teaches and lives by Biblical principles clearly taught in the Word of God. We consider that these eternal principles will never lose power and are applicable to every culture and in all time frames. We distinguish changeable traditions and cultural practices from immutable life principles.
Our congregations operate through teamwork. Teamwork is fundamental practice that creates space and opportunities for people to share their God given gifts and talents in the local church. We see a team as a group of people working together cohesively, towards a common goal, creating a positive working atmosphere, and supporting each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance.
Heart for Missions
There is rejoicing in Heaven when another person is born into a new life in Jesus. There is even greater satisfaction in our hearts when we are able to cross barriers of culture and language with the Good News of salvation in Jesus. . We are committed to take the Gospel of the Kingdom to every level of society and to the ends of the earth.
Help for the Needy
We are always concerned with social work. We promote programs to help widows, orphans, the needy and strangers as an expression of love and compassion that God has placed in our hearts.
Intimacy with God
We promote and enjoy a deep relationship with Jesus. This is not a doctrine, but a reality. In our public services and in our private devotions we cultivate a love relationship with our Savior. We emphasize a life of holiness, prayer and genuine relationship with God.
Experience of Spiritual Gifts
The manifestation of the power of the Holy Spirit is a normal extension of an intimate life with God. Prophecies, words of knowledge, healings, miracles and other divine manifestations are part of the spiritual experience of Verbo members.
We are organized to serve Him
Because the development and well being of each member is important, Verbo tries to organize its activities and services maximize benefits for everyone from toddlers to oldsters. To accomplish this we have several teams. The word “team” is one of our favorites because we value the gifts, skills and contributions of all. The members of each team take their responsibilities to support and serve others in their areas of expertise or vocation as solemn service to God and their fellow men. Thus, Verbo congregations are organized along the lines of small discipleship and pastoral groups and specific service ministries.
Church in the Home
These are the most common pastoral and discipleship groups. Usually they meet once a week and their main task is oriented to the care and growth of people in an informal family environment. They are aimed to give members the opportunity to minister to each other through friendship, prayer, learning the scriptures together, raising up new leaders, evangelizing and creating new groups. Their leaders offer pastoral care to the group under the direct covering of the church leadership.
These are teams of people organized to carry on various activities for the benefit of the whole congregation or the community at large: aid to the poor, evangelism, Sunday school, sports teams, praise and worship teams, hospital and prison visitation groups, etc. Without them, it would be impossible to fulfill Verbo’s purpose. They are task-oriented teams.
Increase the place of your tent, and the curtains of your habitations, do not impede him; extend your cords, and affirm your spikes
According to the New Testament, God commissioned the government of the local church to a group known as the elders. They are responsible for pastoring, discipleship, teaching, mediating and conducting the operation of the congregation, as mentioned principally in Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:17, 1 Peter 5:1-4, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and James 5:14. Since the New Testament always refers to this group of men in the plural we constitute “eldership councils” in each local congregation to cover the needs of the members. The Bible teaches that there is more safety, wisdom and continuity in a multitude of counsel than can exist when only one person is in authority.
Among the elders there is one who takes direct responsibility for the smooth running of the council and the church. He is the man who has the support of the other members of the council and a special grace from God to function as the presiding elder. He is responsible to coordinate the work of other elders, to provide overall direction and watch over the spiritual welfare of the other members of the council.
In particular, the elders in the local council are responsible for providing spiritual covering, pastoring and discipleship to the leaders of the churches in the home and other ministries. Thus, every ministry in the church will be covered by an elder.
The name comes from the Greek word, diakonos, which means “servant” or “minister.” In Verbo there are deacons and deaconesses. They are people who stand out for an extraordinary and competent demonstration of service to the Body of Christ. They act as administrators and assistants to the elders in those areas that normally require supervision or work on a material level in contrast to the spiritual work like congregational government or pastoral care that corresponds to the elders.
This person serves an important role by assisting the elders with the care of the home churches and any other tasks that require spiritual discernment. The assistants are brothers who, because of their good personal example, loyalty, willingness to serve, and leadership capabilities, are invited by the eldership council to help develop and care for the local church. Most of the assistants have a special quality in that they first were leaders of a home church or other ministry. Some may be called to join the eldership council as counselors and workers. Others—if they have a godly calling to government—eventually become elders.
Home Church Leader
The home group leader is the person responsible for the weekly contact, care and attention given to the members of a given home church. He is their immediate spiritual covering and provider of pastoral and discipleship care. He refers any difficult or complicated situation in his group to the elders for more specialized care.
Ministry leaders work under the supervision of a local elder. Their principal function is to recruit and maintain participants and to promote the maximum effectiveness of their respective outreaches, be it soup kitchens for the homeless or praise teams for Sunday meetings.