RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD & OTHERS
COMMUNITIES THROUGH SERVICE
DISCIPLES THROUGH MENTORING
We exist to reconcile relationships with God and others. We have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, so we live lives that encourage others to enter into a relationship with Him. We also reflect this attitude by promoting reconciliation and restoration in the relationships that surround us. This includes an emphasis on intentional multi-cultural, multi-racial, and intergenerational engagement.
The Bible tells us that Christ came to serve, not to be served. As His disciples, we imitate our savior by seeking the welfare of our local community. Through volunteering, service, and generosity, we seek tangible transformation in our city—all in the name of Jesus.
Through one-on-one relationships, formal, and informal mentoring ministries we create a culture of disciplining, multiplication, and spiritual growth. Whether it be inside or outside the walls of the church, we seek mentoring relationships that build-up others and point them towards Christ.
Pursuers of God over Consumers of God
We believe the role of the church is to help each person grow developmentally to take personal responsibility for their pursuit of God. The church is not a provider of goods but a pointer to God.
Missional Growth over Attractional Growth
The mission of the church is to equip believers to grow in faith with such passion that they represent Jesus' radical grace in every sector of society. Our service to others - especially toward marginalized groups, is what should attract people to God's church.
Biblical Depth over Moralism
In all of our ministries of the church, we hope to teach a wholistic understanding of the Scriptures compared to out-of-context moral messages. Jesus said that all Scriptures point to Him. The Bible isn't a good moral book. It points us to Jesus as the only means to true life change.
Interdependence over Privatized Faith
In an individualized society, it is easy to consider faith a personal thing. But the Scriptures are clear: we cannot and should not grow apart from gathering with others in a pursuit of God and without mentors who can help guide us.
Leadership Development over Professionalization
While leadership comes in many forms, every person who claims to believe in Jesus as Lord should be in the process of becoming "no longer like infants" but more like Christ; leading others, serving others and contributing to God's plan for the world. Ephesians 4 tells us this is the main task of the church.