At DFC, we value Authentic Relationships. Bishop Miller often says, “The Kingdom is administered relationally.” Jesus is building His church and the church’s privilege is to be administering His Kingdom in the earth. For us to be effectively administer the Kingdom in the earth, we need to be rightly aligned in vertical relationship (with God) and horizontal relationships (with one another). DFC desires to be a place that provides opportunity for churches and leaders that share our vision and values to rightly align in authentic relationships and together administer the Kingdom.
Jesus provided a model of how the Kingdom is administered. In Mark 3:14, Jesus ordained 12 that they might be with Him providing for them and us a model of authentic relationships. As they were with Him, they learned to partner together in authentic relationships. Jesus’ model demonstrates that we are not designed to do life… and especially ministry alone.
Simply put, we believe we are better together and when we partner in authentic relationships we are better equipped and empowered for Kingdom purpose. We recognize that authentic relationships require an investment of both time and money. We strategically design network events with opportunities to establish and nurture authentic relationships.
The Local Church
It has been said, “The church is the hope of the world.” DFC is committed to empowering pastors and local leadership teams to maximize their ability to advance the kingdom of God through the local church. The church is not just another organization. It’s a living organism that continues to grow daily around the world and we want to encourage it’s continued growth and expansion. Though churches come in all different shapes and sizes, we believe every church can be significant.
It’s the passion of DFC to help every church experience significance in its local community. As we journey down the path to significance, authentic relationships are formed that empower, encourage, and strengthen the church. Jesus said, “Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell would not prevail against it”. Jesus is building the church worldwide and we’re committed to being a network that launches new churches and empowers existing churches.
Someone once said, “You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church”. The church is not a building. The church consists of people who have been transformed by the grace of God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be agents of transformation in our world. DFC exist to partner with Jesus in the work of building his church.
Spirit Empowered Life
DFC churches value Spirit Empowered living. Just as Christian lives are fruitful only to the extent that they are Spirit born, Spirit formed and Spirit empowered, so must all Christian ministry be born of the Spirit, formed by the Spirit and empowered by the Spirit.
DFC seeks to place proper emphasis on the vital role the Spirit has in empowering us for Christian living and ministry. We believe that God is still speaking, still healing, still moving in and among His people, and sensitivity to the Spirit is essential to receiving from, and participating in, the Spirit’s activity.
Often churches and ministries that emphasize the role of the Spirit do so at the expense of emphasizing the importance of God’s word. Our desire is to model ministry that is both strong in the word and strong in Spirit. We don’t see these as either/or dimensions, but as both/and Kingdom realities. And just as in the beginning when the Spirit hovered and the Word spoke, creation was birthed, we long to see ministry that makes room for the Spirits presence and the Word’s power so that new creation springs forth in our churches over and over again.