The following is our ministries policies and the way we do life that reflects the divine nature and character of Christ
We are a Fellowship- Although the structure is important, our primary motivation is to develop and promote relationships within DEM.
Unity with Diversity- We believe that God has created each one to be unique and set apart for His glory. Just as each snow flake is different, so are His people. In regards to doctrine, we believe “In essentials unity, in non-essential liberty, in all things charity.”
Cross – Pollination – We encourage and promote healthy interchange among our Christian brethren as well as to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Team Ministries – We believe in a plurality of leadership, but not co-equality of authority. DEM is led by a team with Roy Roden as the general overseer.
High Standards for Operation – We are called to be joined in a commitment to those who are seeking to walk by the highest standards of faith, obedience, and sacrifice.
Easy to Leave DEM – We recognize that some may associate with us for a season. It is our intentions to send those members forth with our blessing and prayers.
Build Relationships with Other Members – relationships take the time to build and those who join the fellowship of DEM should be prepared to take the time necessary to develop relationships within the ministries network.
Do All Things With A Heart of Excellence – One of the greatest privileges is to serve the Lord with the grace, dignity, and integrity that benefits the King of Kings.
Maintain Biblical Standards – Leaders and the members of DEM are expected to uphold the highest Biblical principles required to be in an example to God’s people.
Be Your Brothers Keeper – A primary function of DEM is to watch over each other and band together making every effort to recover our wounded from the field of battle.
Work To Unify the Entire Body – The members are expected to maintain good relationships with other churches and one another while avoiding any hint of competition or rivalry
Maintains the Highest Standard of Financial Integrity – We believe in sound accounting practices and procedures, with accountability and responsibility, as well as the ministries of Christ as good stewards of the manifest grace of God.
The Way We Do Life
The way that we do life is based on God’s eternal Word. Our goal is to establish a culture of honor based on trust, love, and acceptance. The following is our core values that we live by.
As a non-denominational ministry, we show honor and respect to God’s people from all walks of life regardless of their church affiliation, denomination or ministry.
We have a zero tolerance for gossip and slander. We promote peace and unity and refuse to listen to negative reports about Church leaders, the ministry of our fellow brothers and sisters. We promote love motivated intercession not criticism.
We follow Biblical principles for conflict resolutions according to Mathew 18:15-17. All issues are to be taken to the person you have a conflict with. Our leadership will not listen to those that are judgemental and critical and that murmur or complain. Nor will they counsel them in this area, except to follow the Biblical pattern for restoration and forgiveness, directing the person to go directly to the one that they have an issue with and them alone.
We honor the anointing and gifts of the Spirit, but ask that you submit to the School’s leadership, policies and guidelines. This ensures divine governmental order that all things may be done, but decently and in order. (1 Cor. 14:40).
We honor all men and women, regardless of race, creed or color. We are made in the image and likeness of our heavenly Father.
Although we honor the anointing, except by invitation and times of activation or as directed by our team leaders, we ask that you do not lay hands suddenly on any person ( 1 Ti. 5:22) or minister in your gift unless the people you are ministering to know you and feel comfortable with you. Paul tells us to know them that labor among you.
We promote the freedom of worship but ask that you consider your neighbor in a manner that does not distract them or that disrupts the flow of the worship service.