Mission and Values
A key issue for us is church health, not church growth. Spiritually healthy churches are churches that typically grow numerically as well.
We want to discern God's vision and purpose for TBPC so that neither tradition, personalities, finances, programs, buildings, events nor seekers would drive TBPC. Rather, TBPC would be a church that is driven by God's purposes for us, as discerned collectively by our leadership.
We are committed to helping people to know Christ, grow in Christ, serve Christ, share Christ, and worship Christ. We want to produce disciples and not simply produce bodies, budgets and buildings.
The mission of the Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church is to bring people to Jesus Christ and membership in his church family, develop them to Christlike maturity, equip them for their ministry in the church and life mission in the world, in order to magnify God’s name.
TBPC’s 2020 Vision
We envision a church where God is glorified in every area of our church. TBPC will strive to do everything with excellence in order to bring glory to God.
We envision a church that has a “God-sized” vision that will take God-glorifying faith and God-glorifying obedience to accomplish that vision. We want to attempt some- thing so great for God that it is doomed to failure—unless God be in it.
We envision a church that is true to the Scriptures, faithful to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission.
We envision a church that is healthy, and that is committed to developing healthy relationships with God and with one another. Our church will be a place where the hurt- ing, the depressed, the disappointed, the lonely, the confused, the guilty, and the sinful find forgiveness, love, acceptance, help, hope, guidance, encouragement, support, and salvation only in Christ.
We envision a church where every person in our New Tampa community has an opportunity to hear the good news of the gospel.
We envision a church where hundreds of people gather each week to worship the triune God in a manner that is biblical, historical and contemporary, where the Word of God is preached each week systematically and expositionally.
We envision a church that welcomes hundreds of members into the fellowship of our church family, where we are loving, learning, laughing, and living in harmony with each other.
We envision a church that develops believers to spiritual maturity through preach- ing, Bible studies, seminars, conferences, retreats, and a planned, discipleship develop- ment process.
We envision a church that equips every believer for ministry by helping them find a place of significant service in God’s kingdom.
We envision a church that empowers every believer to know his or her life mis- sion in God’s kingdom.
We envision a church that trains scores of believers for leadership in God’s king- dom.
We envision a church that sends out scores of believers on short-term and career missions projects and ministry.
We envision a church that will plant 5 daughter churches by 2020, and then after that to plant at least 1 daughter church every other year.
We envision a church that has a pre-kindergarten through middle school that is classical and covenantal.
We envision a church that has outstanding facilities that meet our entire ministry needs. The facilities will include a sanctuary seating at least 600 persons, numbers of various-sized classrooms, a multipurpose fellowship hall/gymnasium, playground, and adequate parking.