Our Core Beliefs

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his followers what they are supposed to do after he is no longer physically with them. This is known as the Great Commission. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus comes to his disciples and says, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore 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 have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Every church in the world has the same mission - to fulfill the Great Commission given to us by Jesus. However, God has given every church its own unique context, and God calls each church to fulfill the Great Commission in different ways in light of the church's context. At Southminster Presbyterian Church, we share many things in common with other churches such as the importance of teaching others what Jesus taught us, gathering together to worship God through prayer, singing, reading Scripture, and growing as a disciple of Jesus.

Through the unique family that God has gathered at Southminster, we also have qualities that make us different from most other churches. We understand these difference to be our core values that define us as a church. Below you'll find the 5 core values that reflect how God has called our church to fulfill the mission that He has given us.

We Are There for Each Other

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:9-18).  

Whether through prayer, communion, or a social gathering, we are there for each other at Southminster. We are called by Jesus Christ to be His flock. Whether in times of need or times of praise, the flock stands united together under God. Through rejoicement, through mourning, through harmony, we stand and grow as a community.

We Celebrate Milestones Together

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). 

The joining of hands to celebrate important milestones in the life of the church glorifies God’s word. It brings us closer to one another in serving Christ. Whether celebrating a baptism or eating pancakes on Easter morning, we cry, sing, and rejoice the special moments that God has given us in the hope of growing stronger as a community.

We Serve Side by Side

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

It is our duty to serve others under Christ. To lead by example is our mission. Whether it is creating a simple meal for Family Promise or building a home for Habitat for Humanity, Southminster is committed to serving the Lord’s people together, hand in hand.

We Respond to Needs Without Hesitation

“Give, and it will be given to you” (Luke 6:38). 

It was Christ’s mission to respond to those in need whatever the situation. It is not always in times of good fortune that one should give back or when one expects good will in return. We are committed to providing for others without hesitation or prejudice and without judgment or vice. For when those in need are hungry, the time to provide for them is now.

We Invest in the Next Generation

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates" (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

Discipleship is a commandment of the Lord. At Southminster, our youth activities, children’s ministries, and Presbyterian School are examples of our commitment. We are devoted to blessing our children with a greater understanding of the Father so they may carry on His principles in every aspect of their lives.