Our vision is that our community “may have life, and have it to the full!” (John 10:10). We pursue this vision through the principles of CREATION Health with the goal of making disciples for Christ, “go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life…then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19). In order to live out this command, we have organized our Church around the biblical model of making disciples (also the model of Florida Conference) and the health model of CREATION. Our ministries strive to provide a life walk that pursues God, makes our lives more abundant, and changes the community for Him.
Celebration SDA Church has never employed a full-time senior pastor (a member of the clergy appointed by the conference to oversee the affairs of a church or district). Since 2000 when our Church was officially recognized by the Florida Conference, Celebration SDA Church has utilized a shared model of ministry. In our collaboration with Florida Hospital, we have been able to leverage a parish model whereby Hospital Chaplains would commit 25% to 50% of their time to ministry within the church. Under this model Celebration SDA Church has had four pastors over an 11-year period. In late 2011 with the expansion of the Florida Hospital Celebration Health, the Hospital required two full-time chaplains to ministry to the patient’s and staff’s needs.
As a result the Celebration SDA Church moved to the Early Church model where the Elders bore responsibility for doctrine and practice with one of their main functions being general pastoral care and oversight (Acts 20:17-28; Heb. 13:17; 1 Peter 5:1-3). Des Cummings serves as the Head Elder and Board Chairman with responsibilities of the church delegated to each Elder for the ministries under their direction based on the Making Disciples model. Further, preaching responsibilities are shared among the Elders. In addition to our Elders, Mark Finley is part of the leadership providing guidance on CREATION Health and Outreach as well as preaching.