Vision — What is our purpose?
To see individuals and our community and our world transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.
Mission — How do we accomplish our vision?
To build multiplying gospel communities that love God, love each other, love our community and love the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.
As people created by God in his image, we are first and foremost worshippers go God (John 4:23). Worship comes from our hearts. It is an overflow of our delight in who God is and what he has done.
God calls us to worship in a public gathering with God’s people on the Lord’s Day. We are weekly reminded of the life, death, and resurrection of our savior, Jesus. God speaks to his children through his Word being read and preached and through the sacraments. God’s children respond to God through prayer, songs, and confession of sin.
Worship is also a lifestyle (Colossians 3:17). Those who live by faith in Jesus have entire lives that are changed by him. All of life become an act of praise to God.
Jesus poured his life into 12 men and sent them out into the world to make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20) He gave them with the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
Discipleship is engaging in relationships for the purpose of spiritual transformation. It must be woven into every part of church life. Just like all of life is worship, everything we do as a church should contribute to disciple-making. It is not just a weekly event. Discipleship is a lifestyle.
Discipleship occurs best in the context of authentic community. As important as conveying information is, relationships and experiences are far more effective in bringing about life transformation.
The church is a family. By grace through faith in Jesus Christ, God has rescued sinful people and adopted them into his very own family. Those who believe in Jesus are brothers and sisters. This means that we should live our lives together, not just on Sundays. We will display hospitably, inviting one another into our homes, enjoying relationships with each other.
God’s family is characterized by love for another. God has shown love to us, therefore we are able to show love to one another. Love for each other means that GOd’s family is a safe place where we can be vulnerable and engage one another in authentic relationship, sharing our unique stories. We don’t have to present false fronts, pretending to be better than we are. Instead, we can love each other for who we are in Christ.
No family is perfect. Even the very best of families have conflict and disagreements. We seek to engage in conflict with humility and respect. We will seek to restore one another, promoting unity through peace.
One day, the whole world will be full of the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea. (Habbakuk 2:14) It is our joy and privilege to see those who don’t know Jesus to come to know him as their Lord and Savior. We seek to be instruments of the Holy Spirit who works in people’s hearts.
Not only do we seek for the spiritual renewal of people, but we seek for the physical renewal of God’s creation. All of creation has been affected by sin, and God is making all things new. God has placed his people in a strategic place to display his glory and to renew his world.
Values — What will characterize us?
How we seek to treat ourselves. Vulnerability.
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.“ (Romans 12:3 ESV)
How we seek to treat others.
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:1–3 ESV)
We all have something significant to offer.
“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.“ (Ephesians 4:11–12 ESV)
Dependence / Devotion
Under authority. Willing to submit to God.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.“ (Proverbs 3:5–6 ESV)
How we seek to treat ourselves.
“Maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3 ESV)
Focused on what God has called us to do.
“Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.“ (1 Thessalonians 4:10–12 ESV)
Multiplying on all levels, particularly church planting.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20 ESV)