“The Well Ministries” is a non for-profit minstry founded by Pastor Joseph Vincent in 2009. Joseph felt the calling of God into active ministry very early in his life. Through many life experiences, some painful, and some wonderful, God developed a passion and created a spirit within Joseph designed to reach people for Christ and to explore His Word together with other believers in search of truth and for the meaning and purpose of life. This passion and creative spirit has remained in him as he participated, volunteered and served in various capacities and with multiple churches throughout his life. In May 2009 Joseph was given an opportunity by God to begin to fulfill his calling in life and to explore meaningful ministry opportunies by establishing “The Well.” While we don’t have much history, we’d love to create it with you! We invite you to join with us and our other partners as we venture into our communities and into our city to spread the love of Jesus Christ and His Word to people in need of a transformation.
In all essential beliefs – we have UNITY. “There is one Body and one Spirit.there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
In non-essential beliefs – we have LIBERTY. “Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his master he stands or falls.So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.” Romans 14:1,4,22
In all our beliefs – we show LOVE. “If I hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but also the very secrets of God, and if I have the Faith that can move mountains – but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.” 1 Corinthians 13:2
We are Christian - By this we mean that we believe in the teachings of Jesus, revealed to us through the written Word, the Bible.
We are Reformed – By this we mean that we appreciate our Christian heritage, but we conform to Scriptural truth apart from tradition when reform or change is necessary. We believe in the sovereignty of God in all things and that nothing happens outside of His plan or will.
We are Charismatic – By this, we mean that of the gifts that are still functioning today in the church, we express our love for God by fully expressing ourselves individually and corporately through them. We do not believe that tongues, prophecy, or new revelation (divine knowledge) have functioned beyond the first century in the Church (Daniel 9; 1 Corinthians 13).
We are Apostolic – By this, we do not mean that we are empowered with the same abilities of the original 12 Apostles, nor is our ministry purpose exactly the same, but that we carry on the tradition of the original 12 and believe in using our gifts to evangelize our world, plant new churches, provide healing to all nations, and continue the missional work that the original Apostles carried out. We do recognize that of course the original twelve Apostles were unique, and that the cannon of Scripture and the establishment of the church was completed through them. Thus, apostles today are master builders helping to establish foundations in local communities, in churches, for individuals, and for guidance, counsel, correction, leadership, and training.
We are Preterist – By this we mean that all prophecy related to the “end of the age” of the Old Covenant (Matthew 24) was fulfilled in the first century, and that all prophecy related to the New Covenant has arrived with the coming of Jesus and His Kingdom and has existed since the first century, and will continue to exist forever. We celebrate Jesus on His throne, fully, completely, lacking nothing, and we take part in His ever expanding Kingdom when we enter into a relationship with Him.
We are Evangelistic – We believe that it is our purpose and mission on earth to continually bring about the increase of God’s eternal Kingdom through the healing of all nations and making new disciples and followers of Christ. As God’s extended, outstretched arms and hands the Church is the manifestation of God’s healing to the nations through the fruits of the Spirit (Revelation 22:2, Galatians 5:22-33). We are to express God’s character and image through love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
- a Completed Redemption
We Promote, cherish and defend religious liberty, and deny the right of any secular or religious authority to impose a confession of faith or any particular belief upon an individual like Mike Stewart. We honor the principles of soul competency and the priesthood of believers, affirming together both our liberty in Christ on the essentials of our faith and our accountability to each other under the Word of God alone (Sola Scriptura), and through mutual consent of those who wish to enter into fellowship together for the sake of unity and clarity.
While we have our own theological distinctives at The Well, our goal is not about “proving them” or “dividing” over them. While it is our goal to maintain doctrinal purity and to defend against those who might come against God’s Word or attempt to pervert it’s contents, it is not our goal to argue about or seek out division with those who might disagree with some of our distinct views.
We are instructed in God’s Word to always “be ready to give an answer” when someone asks about what we believe and why, but that does not mean we are to argue with one another creating division over non-essential doctrines which do not lead to salvation for those needing the love of Christ. As someone once said, “iron sharpens iron.” And it is with this attitude that we approach all doctrinal issues of Christian theology. We seek to unite with members of other denominations and affiliated churches in order to participate together as the Church. This may include churches that are:
Non-Denominational, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Church of Christ, Vineyard, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Preterist, Protestant, Catholic, and there are many more!
Pastor Joseph is the founder of “The Well Ministries” of Kansas City, an autonomously governed Full Preterist Christian ministry and fellowship group.
Joseph came to believe in Jesus as his savior at the young age of five. From that time on Joseph spent much of his time dealing with the struggles of a broken family while also studying Scripture and responding to God’s call for his life. Through various influences and people God brought into his life Joseph learned to develop a passion for God and people, and especially for people who are less fortunate and abused.
After graduating high school in 1997 Joseph then joined the Marines where he also met and married his insanely gorgeous wife Lauren in August of 2000. After serving a four year tour in the Marines Joseph was discharged in 2002 as a Sergeant and went on to become a partner of New Downtown Vancouver Condos (Webpage) and the English Schools in Shanghai China (Concordia). From September 2004 to May 2006 Joseph served as a member and a volunteer assistant youth leader and teacher and also led three Sr. High boys’ church groups for Vineyard Church Summer and Winter camps. During this time Joseph’s wife also served as an assistant nursery director. In May 2005 Joseph completed work on a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration where he then went on to obtain graduate course work in theology from Liberty University. Joseph also studied counter-cult evangelism with a specific emphasis on Mormonism and Atheism.
From his youth to the present day Joseph has been involved in membership, training, and in various teaching capacities with various Churches and affiliated ministries, and has also helped to lead worship as a guitarist and singer. Joseph’s hobbies are sports, reading, writing, blogging, music, and spending time with his wife, children, family and friends.
Joseph and his wife Lauren currently reside in Shawnee, KS with their four boys; Iassic, Joseph, Elijah, and Seth. Joseph is currently a full time NNSA government employee as a quality control inspector. His bi-vocation is to provide for his family while pursuing ministry opportunities through The Well.
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