From the beginning, God has remained faithful to Peninsula and has established a firm foundation for our ministry. For nearly four decades, our church family has worked to make disciples and point our community to the Gospel. We are thankful for this past faithfulness and thankful we continue to see the Lord at work within Peninsula. Over the years we have celebrated thousands of individuals who publicly professed their faith in Jesus through baptism. What an amazing story we have to tell.
After appreciating God's faithfulness in the past, we now expectantly look to the future and strive to become more than we could dream, hope, or even imagine, according to Ephesians 3:20–21. To achieve the Lord's purpose and vision for Peninsula, we use a "one-fund" approach to budgeting through a program we call Grow Beyond. The Grow Beyond program enables us to effectively and fully fund the mission and ministry of our church.
GROW BEYOND starts by funding (through the annual operating budget) the daily, ongoing work to cultivate a disciple-making culture in our church. This includes our weekly worship gatherings, our family ministries, community through connect groups, discipleship classes, short-term mission trips, and a staff empowered to equip our church family for the work of disciple-making. Additionally, your generosity enables us to GROW BEYOND our existing ministries through further developing four key ministry areas:
EQUIP – We believe in order to grow as a disciple of Jesus we must grow in our knowledge of the Scriptures, our knowledge of God, and the practical implications of our faith (Ephesians 4:11-16). To further this discipleship work, we desire to establish the Peninsula Equip Center to provide opportunities for every individual in our church family to deepen their faith and their love for God. No matter what stage of life you are in (a new believer, a busy parent, or a senior adult) the Equip Center will offer training (live and/or streamed) in areas of Bible, theology, apologetics, and practical aspects of the Christian life. Because we desire that our beliefs change how we live, every topic we cover will connect its teaching to everyday life. These opportunities will take place through classes, seminars, forums, and internship programs.
CARE – We desire to expand our ministry of care to orphans, widows, seniors, the poor, and to those who are incarcerated. We will grow beyond our current ministries to bring hope, healing, and change to a broken world through the Gospel of Jesus (Psalm 68:5-6, James 1:27).
STEWARD– In order to grow beyond we will need to steward our physical resources. We will perform needed upgrades and renovations to our current facilities, responsibly build operating cash reserves, and plan for the future by developing a fund for future construction/expansion projects (Proverbs 21:5, Colossians 3:17) .
SEND – Peninsula will grow beyond the ministry of our local church by maintaining a focus on missions and taking the gospel to unreached people (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:16-20). Our Missions Strategy Team will strengthen existing partnerships and establish new partnerships here and abroad to impact our community and world for Christ. While we support ministry partners, we will offer new opportunities to send our church family to the nations.
The Lord will continue to use the ongoing ministries of Peninsula to make disciples for the glory of God. The Lord will also use these four “buckets” to strengthen our ministries and grow beyond existing efforts to equip, care, steward, and send. As we pursue this vision for Peninsula, we believe the Lord will allow Peninsula to GROW BEYOND anything we could ask for or imagine as we answer Jesus’s Great Commission call to make disciples.