Below is an explanation of the key phrases in our purpose statement:
growing number” - We hope to
see the kingdom expand in our part of the world. Our hope is to see more
children, teens and adults respond to Jesus in the years ahead. We hope to see
many of them take steps of obedience for Jesus in our community and fellowship.
people” - Our purpose is to see both non-Christians
and Christians “come alive” fully in Christ. The kinds of people we want to see
this happen to are all kinds of “different” people. We are all different and
God loves the uniqueness of each individual. We donʼt want to limit who comes
into the kingdom and donʼt want to put a stumbling block in anyoneʼs way.
“come alive in Christ” – When we say we want to see people “come alive in Christ,” we mean that we value personal faith demonstrated by accepting Christ as Savior and subsequent steps of growing in obedience to Christ as Lord. We set as our purpose to see people “come alive in Christ” knowing that it is a wide-open goal. We need to be careful about defining “success” in following Christ too narrowly because Christ is much more than success. He is Life. In Him is life. Our purpose is to see everybody and anybody, the different-er the better, find life in Christ, become obedient to Christ, which is to say “come alive in Christ.” This will look different for everybody: different callings, jobs, families, ministries, gifts and impacts. As we all pursue the holiness of following Christʼs love in our lives, we will all “come alive in Christ.”
have highlighted 7 VALUES that
represent the uniqueness of our church’s calling and which we believe help us
to be true to the mission God has given us.
Each of these values is defined and supported
by PRINCIPLES that throughout the history* of the church
have been considered significant in guiding our life together. The principles are listed (in no particular
order) underneath each of the 7 values.
*Some of these principles are from the founding of the church; others were added as the church grew and developed.
- We value the worship of God as our highest pursuit, both
individually and corporately.
- We value the accurate and practical teaching of the Bible
that encourages the stimulation of the mind and focuses on developing the total
- Present a message challenging enough to stimulate
growth, while maintaining sufficient simplicity that all may understand
questioning as a springboard to finding answers and experiencing growth.
learning and growing together.
counsel based on biblical principles and practiced with a non- judgmental
- We value the worship of God as our highest pursuit, both individually and corporately.
- Create an atmosphere of acceptance of all people
- Strive for the development of significant Christian
relationships of love, care and accountability.
- Work towards building lasting connections to our
community locally and globally.
- Avoid embarrassing
others or putting them down.
- Endorse humor and fun
as an integral part of life.
- Challenge ideas, but
never attack people.
- Emphasize the positive
rather than the negative.
the attainment of possibilities in thinking and action.
- We value and approach to ministry where all believers are equipped to serve.
- Create an atmosphere of acceptance of all people
- Base all its conduct on love that both gives and receives.
- Encourage the formation
of relationships that go beyond superficial
knowledge, to the end that everyone in the church will know and be known by
- Be enthusiastic about the Christian life, living it naturally, not with phoniness.
- Provide a moral example
for the community in all facets of life.
- Give meaning to then
admonition, “live in the world, but not conform to its mold.”
- Stress righteousness,
but not judge legalistically.
- Be free in Christ, but do not use this freedom as an excuse for license.
- Provide a moral example for the community in all facets of life.
- We seek to create expressions of worship (including
music) that are significant to all.
- We value equally, and therefore listen to, meet needs of,
and consider equally all people as it conducts its affairs (for example,
children, women, the elderly, single adults, the handicapped, the poor,
- We value and approach to ministry where all believers are
equipped to serve one another according
to their gifts and passions.
- We value being unique, having class, but remaining humble, never elitist.
- We seek to create expressions of worship (including music) that are significant to all.
- provide opportunity for
participation and encourage involvement without mandating it.
- Encourage intimacy without pressuring people.
- Deal with and honor life in all its aspects (for example, birth, sexuality, mortality).
- provide opportunity for participation and encourage involvement without mandating it.
- Make graceful changes
in position and procedure possible.
- Seek variety in its
structure for worship but avoid disorder.
- We value variety, freshness, and creativity in
communicating historic Christianity.
- Honestly attempt to achieve consensus rather than simply operate by majority rule.
- Make graceful changes in position and procedure possible.