We Believe . . .
Sacrificially serving the military community* is a privilege
(Philippians 2:3-4; 17, Ephesians 6:7)
Cadence believes in taking the posture of servants as we minister within the military community. We serve because it is the example and command of Christ and because it effectively demonstrates the gospel in a culture largely devoid of thankful-hearted servants. We serve all people in the military community and make the supportive service of military chaplains and chapel programs a priority.
People in the military community need to know Christ
(John 3:16; 17:3, Colossians 2:6-7)
Cadence believes eternal life begins with salvation and involves progressive knowledge of and intimacy with the Savior. Reaching lost people for Jesus will always be a priority in our lives and ministries. We believe knowing Christ is a life-long journey and central to the believer’s walk with God. This knowledge of Christ produces a life of prayer and worship.
In the power of incarnate ministry
(John 1:1; 3:22, II Timothy 3:10-14, I Thessalonians 2:8)
Incarnate: “To make an abstract idea concrete, usually through personification.” We want to live Jesus. We follow God’s example of incarnating His love for us in the person of His Son, and we initiate relationships with people in their worlds. Our ministry must flow from our lives into their lives as we share the gospel through our genuine, humble, and incarnate love.
Maturity is the fruit of engaging in a relationship with the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and the people of God.
(Ephesians 4:11-16; 5:18, Psalm 1:1-6, Romans 8:16, 26, Galatians 5:22-23, Acts 2:42)
Cadence believes growth is a dynamic process involving the ongoing interaction between the Spirit of God within us, the people of God around us, and the Word of God growing in us and being lived out through us. We seek to develop and live in biblical community where Spirit led truth is spoken in love so that the believers are encouraged, challenged, restored, and where the body of Christ grows in true unity of purpose and heart. We believe faith is the foundation for this process.
In equipping believers for Great Commission multiplication
(Matthew 28:18-19, II Timothy 2:2)
Cadence believes in equipping people with the vision, knowledge, and skills needed to disciple and train others so the gospel will multiply exponentially. We believe in intentional involvement in people’s lives, which moves them forward in their commitment and heart to be Great Commission people in their families, communities, and in the world. We strive for this commitment to be true in every person.
In the responsible and strategic deployment of all God-given resources
(II Corinthians 8:16-22; 9:8-14)
Cadence believes God has given us people, finances, time, and energy to be used for the advancement of the gospel around the world. We must be careful stewards of these resources, purposefully guarding the integrity of the mission. These resources are not to be hoarded, but rather courageously and strategically deployed to the front lines of the battle.
Teamwork maximizes ministry effectiveness
(Philippians 1:27, Romans 15:5-7)
Cadence believes working together on eternal priorities maximizes the effectiveness of ministry. We guard the unity of the body, develop the health of the body, and utilize the strength of the body to more powerfully advance the gospel of Jesus Christ. A common purpose and love binds the team together and mobilizes it to fruitful action. We believe in partnering closely with the local church.
*Cadence International defines the “military community” to not only include all those associated with the armed forces of America, but also those associated with the military and security forces of foreign nations as well.