Olivet Institutional Baptist Church is to be a community of faith energized, active, inspired and engaged to share the Gospel and spread the love of Jesus Christ.
REACHING HIGHER in our commitment to excellence in service to others and in the practice of ministry (Psalm 8:1, Mark 7:31-37)
REACHING HIGHER in our efforts to make disciples of Jesus Christ; growing every member into a lay minister (Matthew 28:19, Ephesians 4:11-13)
REACHING HIGHER in our ministry to the least of these within our local community, across the nation and around the world; making outreach, intervention and advocacy our mandate (Matthew 25:35-45)
REACHING HIGHER in the use of our creativity, our imagination, our talents, our gifts, our skills and our resources to be an active and vibrant ministry in the 21st century (Matthew 25:14-30; Malachi 3:10)
GROWING STRONGER in our intention to be an intergenerational church where youth, young adults, seasoned saints and seniors are nurtured, honored and engaged (Acts 2:17; Luke 18:16)
GROWING STRONGER in our focus on Spirit-filled, soul-stirring and innovative worship as a source of spiritual renewal and inspiration; while continuing to celebrate fulfilling traditions (John 4:24, Colossians 3:16)
GROWING STRONGER in our passion for spiritual transformation; seeking to grow in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ thereby enhancing the quality of our fellowship with one another through practice of spiritual discliplines (John 15:1-7, Romans 12:1-2).
The Hill and the Cross
Our new church symbol, known as the Hill and the Cross represents a new season in the historic journey of the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. It symbolizes an emphasis on the central theme of our faith, the cross of Jesus Christ, in our message and in our ministry. Three strokes come together in simplicity to acknowledge an eternal truth.
The grey stroke depicting Golgatha’s Hill, the site of Christ crucifixion, reflects the state of humanity without God: lifeless, without true meaning (Psalms 82:5; Ephesians 4:18).
The red strokes intersect to form a crucfic made vivid by the blood of Christ, symbolizing the grace, mercy and power of God (Romans 5:9; Colossians 1:16-22).
The symbol communicates our congregational understanding that we are ultimately saved from the forces of sin, in our lives and in our community, through faith in the redeeming loving God and respond to God’s act of redemption through the practice of the love ethic of Jesus in the world (Ephesians 2:8; Matthew 25:31-40)