COURAGEOUS & FAITH BASED INNOVATION so as to effectively communicate God’s love and message to our culture.
We understand that the core message is eternal, but methods of communicating that message can and should change. We celebrate creativity and believe that it is a result of the Holy Spirit’s work in a Believer’s life. Because we view Christianity as a journey, change and innovation are assumed and expected. Taking risks is worth it in order to effectively reach people, and we’re committed to that kind of adventure.
MISSIONAL in our approach to personal and Church life.
Our aim is to be guided and motivated by mission, as individual Believers and as a Body of Believers. The Church exists for the world, not for herself. Our world view does not see culture as ‘secular’ but rather, as in need of redemption (namely that Jesus paid the ‘ransom’ for our spiritual rescue), and we believe that the Church is God’s agent for redemptive change in our culture and around the world. (Matthews 28:18–20; Luke 19:10; I Cor. 9:22–23).
SMALL GROUPS as a strategy for spiritual growth.
We want to provide a safe place for every one to be transparent and honest with God, themselves, and each other. We believe that spiritual growth happens best in the context of committed and loving relationships with other Believers, where they can encourage and challenge one another, as well as pray, serve, learn, and grow together. In small groups, people can find a place to belong. All of these characteristics add meaning and significance to what it means to be a disciple.
Depending on the purpose of the specific small group, some will multiply and some will be longer in their term and function. We will not ‘mandate’ multiplication.
(Acts 2:42–47; Galatians 6:1–2)
SERVANT LEADERSHIP in the church and in the world.
At the core of Jesus’ definition of leadership was servanthood and this is a model we want to follow. We believe that as followers of Christ we are first called to be servants. In God’s economy, only those who possess and display the heart and lifestyle of a servant, qualify as spiritual leaders. We determine to serve God, fellow Believers and our community, not merely as an activity but as a way of life. (Mark 10:42–45; John 13:1–17)
STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE in all we do.
We believe that giving our best efforts honors God and inspires people. Perfection is not the goal. We simply believe that God deserves our best. Our aim is to display good stewardship of all He has entrusted to us, knowing that careless efforts can be a distraction to people who are genuinely seeking spiritual answers to life. (Colossians 3:17, 23; Psalm 78:72)
VIBRANT AND RELEVANT WORSHIP where people can connect with God.
We value expressions of worship, in the corporate setting, that are varied, genuine and pure in motive. Worship in the Sunday service setting is not just singing because everything that takes place in the service is worship to God. With the Holy Spirit’s direction, we will aim to corporately worship God in a manner that is vibrant, real, contemporary and relevant. Believers will be inspired and challenged. Seekers will be encouraged to continue their journey of seeking and invited to respond to Jesus’s invitation of peace, purpose and passion in a personal relationship with Him. We welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.
Because we believe that all of life is sacred, we also see ‘worship moments’ in the different daily situations and places of life. We believe that all of life, for the Believer, is worship unto God.
(John 4:24; Romans 12:1–2; Colossians 3:16; Heb. 10: 24–25)