Our mission can be found in our strategy which is, in simplicity, to Know God, Love People, and Serve the World!
SIMPLE CHURCH – it’s challenging, but it’s our intentional aim.
KNOWING GOD is possible! We want our Sunday Gatherings to be a place where people encounter God and grow in their knowledge of and love for Him! We also aim to encourage Christ-followers to be “self-feeders” by inspiring and equipping them in spiritual disciplines like Bible reading and prayer.
LOVING PEOPLE is what Jesus said his followers just do! He also said that love is an effective witness to the reality of Christ. Our aim is to see loving and authentic relationships developed in the context of small groups. Spiritual growth is enhanced and advanced in the context of meaningful relationships with other Christ-followers.
We also recognize that growing in our knowledge of and love for God will result in a love and compassion for all people!
SERVING THE WORLD is at the heart of what it means to be a Christ-follower! Jesus used the imagery of “salt and light” to illustrate the positive influence that his followers should have in their world. We want to participate, locally and globally, in being ‘salt and light’, and effectively serve our world. Engaging in service makes a positive difference for others, and helps our personal faith grow.
Biblical Basis for the Core Values:
In the New Testament book of Acts we see Jesus’ mission continue through the lives of His followers, collectively making a new community called ‘the Church’. It is into the lives of these followers that Jesus Christ sent His Holy Spirit to supply the supernatural power necessary to live in obedience to His good design for life and to be effective as witnesses for Christ. The book of Acts is a narrative record of the early church, but the values that this new community lived by are timeless and applicable to the Church (Body of Christ) today.
“Those who accepted His message were baptized, and about three thousand were added (Evangelism) to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching (Biblical Truth) and to the fellowship (Community) to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Worship). Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common (Community). Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts (Community). They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people (Worship). And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Missional Life).”
Therefore, with a genuine desire to honor God & advance His cause, we place high value on:
1. The Bible as God’s authoritative Word to us.
We believe the Bible to be God’s self-disclosure as well as an accurate account of humanity’s experience with the living God. We desire to respond obediently to God’s written and authoritative Word in all matters of personal faith and practices of corporate Church life. (2 Timothy 3:16–17; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:22–25; 2 Peter 1:20–21).
2. Prayer as the means to intimate connection with God.
We believe that prayer is the conduit to receive supernatural enablement and a significant way in which we are reminded of our need to depend on God. We are convinced that prayer is integral to accomplishing anything of eternal value. (Acts 2:42; 12:5; I Thessalonians 5:17 -18; Eph. 6:18; James 5:16).
3. Loving and authentic Relationships within the Community of Believers.
God created us to be in relationship with each other as followers of Christ. It’s within the Body of Christ where God’s love is experienced and expressed! Life change happens best in community with other Christians. (Acts 2:42 – 47; Galatians 6: 1–2; Heb. 10: 24–25).
4. Equipping and mobilizing Believers to reflect Jesus in their world.
We believe that Jesus is the only hope for a spiritually lost and broken world and that living out genuine and authentic Christianity is what Believers are called to do. Authentically representing Jesus in our culture will eternally impact many. (Colossians 4:5; I Thessalonians 4:12)
5. People who have not yet experienced the peace, purpose and passion that comes with knowing Jesus Christ.
People matter to God and so they need to matter to us. We believe that small things done with great love make a difference, therefore we are committed to showing God’s love, no strings attached, to our community at large. Responding with the compassion of Jesus to the poor and underprivileged is a significant part of this value. (Matthew 5:16; Luke 15; I Timothy 2:3–4)
6. The Ministry of every Believer expressed through their spiritual gifts and passions.
The Church’s effectiveness at fulfilling its mission depends on Believers discovering, exercising and growing in the use of their gifts. We are committed to helping people serve according to their spiritual gifts so that spiritual maturity within the Body will result. (Romans 12:3–8; 1 Corinthians 12 – 14; Ephesians 4:1–16; I Peter 4:10).
7. Unity in the midst of Diversity.
We will strive to protect the unity of this local church body by focusing on the things that unite us, not that which divides us. This unity will stem from our common passion for the primary truth of the Gospel as well as the Christ-like attitudes of respect and appreciation for the fact that God has made us all different. (Psalm 133:1; John 17:20–23; Romans 15:5; Ephesians 4:3)
8. Godly Marriages & Strong Families
We will place high priority on helping broken and hurting families and on providing support for marriages and families to be healthy and whole. (Matthew 19:4–6; Colossians 3:20–21).