Several years ago a few pastors from Spokane traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to attend the “Together For The Gospel” conference. While at the conference they observed Baptist’s, Presbyterians, and Independents worshipping God together. Although these groups have their differences, they agree on the most important things. Inspired by this picture of unity these men came back to Spokane and started a monthly pastors' gathering. These meetings are designed to encourage, equip, and stir up pastors in Spokane area.
What is our purpose?
- The purpose of this fellowship is to glorify God by encouraging Spokane pastors to delight in and display the glories of Christ and the gospel in our personal lives and ministries. We intend to encourage each other in our respective churches as we minister the gospel in the Spokane region.
Who is this for?
- Although there is no desire to be exclusive it is recognized that an undiscerning “come one, come all” will water down and defeat the purpose and effectiveness of this fellowship.
- We recognize a key difference between unity and uniformity and welcome differences, but emphasize strong unity on 1) a high view of God, 2) an emphasis on the centrality of the gospel.
- We unanimously agree with the “Affirmations & Denials” of the “Together for the Gospel” statement as accurately conveying the foundations and centrality of the gospel and how it affects all areas of life and ministry. This is not just a general “we agree on the gospel” perspective. We have carefully worked through the details and nuances of the T4G document and sincerely embrace it in our personal lives and corporate ministries.
- Though there are differences in “style” in our churches and some doctrinal differences, we are agreed on the fundamentals of the following issues (these are mentioned in the T4G statement but we desire to particularly emphasize these in our like-mindedness)
- Doctrines of Grace
- Consistent Shepherding of Church Members
- Faithful Practice of Church Discipline
- Expositional Preaching in the Local Church Body
- Complementary Men and Women’s Roles
What are our commitments to one another?
- We will seek to faithfully encourage and edify one another for the glory of God and good of our churches. This will primarily be done through our monthly gatherings, but can also include other avenues of encouragement and praying for one another.
- We are committed to honor and support one another in the shepherding of our people. This particularly relates to the practice of church discipline and our commitment to honor and support our fellow churches in this important aspect of shepherding.
- We are also committed to follow-up any attenders that are transitioning between our respective church. Fundamentally we would encourage (not force) people to stay at their church and work through any issues in a biblical manner. When people still desire to transition churches we are committed to initiate communication between the respective churches so there is a mutual understanding of the situation.
What about our meetings and joining the group?
- We meet monthly at one of the churches in our fellowship (Usually the last Thursday of the month during the school year). Each meeting focuses on a particular topic that will encourage us in our personal lives and ministries as ministers of the gospel.
- Prospective participants are to carefully read the T4G statement and if in full agreement meet with two current participants to go over that statement. These men can then recommend the new participant to be affirmed by the entire pastor’s group.