“Encounter God’s transforming love.”
At Spring City Fellowship, we exist to help people encounter a loving God that transforms people.
Respond – Responding to God by obedience and expecting that God helps us when we do. This is the purpose of our worship and the substance of our daily walk with God.
Restore – God’s goal is restoration. We participate by allowing God to remove the hindrances in our lives. This is a lifelong process of aligning our hearts with His.
Release – We want to release people into ministry; to equip and encourage them to use their God-given gifts and talents. We believe that each person is called by God and we want to help them both to discover what that is and to do it, even if it means sending them out to another church or mission field.
Relate – We want to do all this together, helping and encouraging each other as a family in Christ. To do this, we need to be intentional about fellowship throughout our spiritual journey. Whether near or far, the relationships that we establish are of eternal value.
1. We value true worship, not just going through the motions or giving lip service. We want to be passionate worshipers that are fully engaged and following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Whether through planning or spontaneity, we want to be a Spirit-led church. (John 4:21-24, Rom. 21:1, Psalm 100:1-5, Psalm 150:1-6)
2. We value the Word of God, the Bible, as our authority both for teaching and for living lives that please God. We believe that the Bible, is inspired, accurate, understandable, and faithfully shows us God’s revelation of Himself. (2 Tim. 3:14-17, 1 Pet 1:20-21, Rom. 15:4, Heb 4:12-13)
3. We value The Holy Spirit’s guidance and correction as we are being transformed into the image of Christ. We want to be compassionate and inclusive to all who are on the journey toward freedom and healing as Christ is formed in us. We also want to hold each other accountable to be moving forward in our spiritual growth and in integrity. (Rom 12:1-2, Matt. 5:43-48, Eph 4:17-24, Col. 3:1-17, 1 John 3:1-3)
4. We value a Kingdom mindset and perspective in that we are not just about building our church but also furthering the cause of Christ in our region and around the world. God’s heart and our desire is for every nation and every people group to know the love of Christ and the truth of His salvation. We also love and support Israel as central to God’s plan and purpose. (Psalm 24:1-6, Isa. 2:1-5, Matt 5:17-20, Col 1:9-18, 2 Tim. 4:1-5)
5. We value the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers. We encourage the filling (baptism) of the Spirit, the gifts, and the fruit of the Spirit as well as the leading and empowering of the Spirit for a life of ministry that glorifies God. We encourage people to pray in the Spirit either in their own language or the language that the Spirit gives. (Joel 2:28-29, Luke 4:18-21, John 4:15-17, Acts 2:1-4, Rom 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:1-11, Eph 4:11-13, Gal 5:22-23)
6. We value the gathering of believers for worship and for mutual encouragement. We seek to create time for caring, for mutual sharing and for informal fellowship. We value relationships, truly knowing one another, and sharing life together. (Acts 2:41-47, Matt 18:15-20, Phil. 1:3-8, 1 John 1:1-9, Heb 10:19-25)
7. We value generosity both in material things and in love. We believe that God has called us to live abundantly where we have enough to share. This is not just in material things, but also in our love and compassion for those who have needs of various kinds. We seek to bless as we have been blessed by God. (Gen. 12:1—3, Mal. 3:8-12, Luke 21:1-4, 2 Cor. 9:6-15, 1 John 3:16-18)
Spring City Fellowship: It began as a Bible Study in the Spring City area with several families from the Hopewell Mennonite Church in Elverson. The first formal service was held on June 7, 1981, in a former school building on Bridge Street in Spring City. In 1985, the current building was occupied, located at 540 Glass Avenue in Spring City.
Spring City Fellowship is part of the Hopewell Network of Churches which was formed in 2001 through the collaboration of churches, most of whom had been part of the Hopewell District (offshoots of the Elverson Hopewell) of the Atlantic Coast Conference of the Mennonite Church. The Mennonite Church was in the process of restructuring and the Hopewell Churches felt called to form an Apostolic Network of autonomous churches which would be non-denominational but relationally connected. The Hopewell Network continues to identify with its Anabaptist roots through affiliation with several organizations.
Today, the Hopewell Network has grown to include churches from other states as well as several International Apostolic Networks. In 2007 the network decided to adopt an unreached people group and now maintains an outreach in Thailand. You can read more about the Hopewell Network of Churches at http://hopewellnetwork.org/whoweare.