We are a partnering community - joining others in doing good.
~Micah 6:8; Titus 3:14; Matthew 6:9-10
God is at work throughout the world, in many ways, both inside the church and outside the church. We seek to open our eyes to see where God is working, and, to the best of our ability, join in his work. Throughout the Bible, God’s heart for the “least of these” reveals his care and love for those suffering from injustice, brokenness, and sin. We seek to join with others to bring God’s kingdom, to expose and destroy injustice, repenting where need be, proclaiming and calling people to God’s kingdom righteousness. We hope to accomplish this by working with various community organizations and groups, seeking to bring God’s good news to a broken and hurting world.
We are a discipling community - becoming more like Jesus.
~Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 1:9-11
Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he commissioned his disciples to follow his lead, to go bring others to Jesus, thereby making more disciples. Discipling means following Jesus, growing and becoming more like him in thought, word, and deed. Discipling also means growing and producing new disciples; developing and utilizing the spiritual gifts God gives to all his children. A discipling community is one that holds people accountable to their confession of Jesus, a community that both encourages, challenges, and disciplines when necessary--always with the common goal of our sanctification in mind. A discipling community is not limited by boundaries of age, sex, or race, but includes all who confess the name of Jesus, both young and old, men and women, from every tribe, language, and nation.
We are a missional community - demonstrating and declaring God's love.
~Matthew 6:9-10; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:20
We are called to pour out God’s love and to seek first his righteousness, through engaging with the broken and lost of our city, our state, and our world. As salt and light, we are called to live out the gospel’s truth in our daily lives, distributing grace to the broken world around us. As we have been blessed to receive God’s good gifts, the greatest gift being Jesus, God himself, we are sent to share and distribute those gifts to the world around us, to the praise and glory of God.
We are a diverse community - embracing people of all backgrounds.
~Galatians 3:26-28; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Revelations 7:9-10
God’s vision in Revelation gives us a picture of the community in heaven we seek to reflect. God’s kingdom is one that seeks to destroy dividing walls between people. As God has created diversity, we seek to embrace men, women, and children of all races, ethnic groups, nationalities, socioeconomic groups, gifts, and abilities. We hope to reflect a diverse community through intentional relationships, welcoming and inclusive hospitality, and leadership development.
We are a worshiping community - all of life is worship.
~Psalm 100:1-2; Romans 12:1; Psalm 24:1
We were created to worship—to live in a good and right covenantal relationship with God. In worship, we rehearse God’s covenant story with his people. Worship is a dialogue and a communion with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In worship, we respond to what God has done, is doing, and will do, in our life. On Sundays we gather, as a community in Jesus, to celebrate and listen to God’s word for our lives. We are changed as we encounter God in corporate worship. But worship is not limited to Sundays only. In our jobs, in our homes, in our relationships, worship continues throughout the week in all we do. Since we live in God’s presence, wherever we are—worship happens in all we do. The worship we engage in on Sunday is just a communal extension of the worship that happens throughout the week.
We are a focused leadership community - developing vision soaked servant leaders.
~Ephesians 4:11-13; Ephesians 2:10; 1 Timothy 4:12
While God has gifted some to be specific leaders in his church, there is a general sense in which all of God’s people are leaders in the world. We strive to develop servant leaders who lead in Christ-likeness, and remain focused on God’s kingdom purposes—leaders who become agents of kingdom change in the world. Transformational servant leaders lead out of a common sense of mission and vision, unified in kingdom purpose and goals. Servant leaders seek the welfare and spiritual development of others, even as they grow and mature in the faith themselves. God’s children are called to be leaders in the world as it relates to charity, mercy, love, forgiveness, integrity, and morality. We are to reflect our leader, Jesus, in all we do. As leaders, we are called to a high standard, and recognize the need for accountability, encouragement, and discipline.