Values

Values

Our Core Values

  • ELDERSHIP: Our history has taught us the danger of a typical church structure where one lead pastor is given too much pressure, responsibility, and power. Not only is it unhealthy from an administrative/worldly perspective, it’s unhealthy from a spiritual perspective because our members begin following that guy — instead of Jesus. (Acts 15; 1 Peter 5:1; Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5)BIBLICAL: Like the Bereans (Acts 17:11) we are committed to holding up everything to Scripture to validate it and to lead our members the way Jesus wants us to. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; Ps. 119:105)
  • MISSIONAL: Church is not about programs served up in a consumer-driven environment. It’s about people taking ownership of what God is putting on their hearts and supporting them to “own” and execute those missions — be they down the street or on the other side of the world. (Matt. 28:18-20)
  • ENGAGING: Like Paul in Acts (17:28) we are committed in leveraging the tools of our culture to reach those outside the church. We don’t believe that “church” is a Sunday thing that is either for believers or unbelievers, depending on your ecclesiology and missiology. Instead, we ARE the church, and the church exists to reach the world. We want to mobilize our people to go to the world instead of attempting to create a place where unbelievers must come to before they hear the message of Jesus. So dire is our call to spread the word of Christ.
  • EQUIPPING: Everyone has a next step to take and we are committed to creating an environment that allows people to do that. This includes youth of all ages (from toddler to college) and it includes everyone from atheists to jaded Catholics to recovering legalists. (Eph. 4:12)
  • RELATIONAL: We are not trying to put on a show, a production, or a service on Sundays. Rather, we want people to come and be loved, known, and to belong. We pray that our whole believing body would be the physical manifestations of Jesus’ hands and feet in the way they love, serve, carry burdens of one another, and cultivate Gospel community. (John 13:34; 1 Thess. 2:8; Acts 2:42-47)
  • HUMBLE: We will seek humility in character. By nature, all of us are prone to want glory, but to God alone is glory due. Our flat structure was created, in part, to assure Christ and his Bride receive credit — and that no one individual does. (Phil. 2:1-11; James 4:6)
  • MYSTERY-EMBRACING: There are far too many issues, whether theological or practical, where people pick a camp rather than live in the tension. We will choose the tension when Scripture leaves us without clarity. Additionally, We will chose faith over comfort–even when it brings suffering and hardship. We will worship alongside brothers and sisters we don’t agree with. We must constantly walk the line between being foolish and reckless with our finances/hearts and being overly comfortable. (1 Tim. 3:16)
  • KING JESUS: We see ourselves as a “kingdom outpost” of Jesus our King, who is the Glory of God. We want to see His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We are able to approach the throne of grace with confidence–we can draw near—but not to our “Jesus buddy”. Rather, we draw near to the throne, where Jesus the KING is seated, whom we revere, adore, seek to obey, and worship. (Acts 7:55-56; Col. 3:1; Matt. 24:14; Phil. 2:10)
  • GOD-GLORIFYING: Whatever we do, we want to work at it as for the Lord (Col. 3:23). God is glorious, and we want our community and the world to see how glorious He is by how we do all we do. (1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17)
  • SERVANT-LEADERSHIP: The way Jesus led was to serve, but sadly today, there are plenty who exercise “leadership” without servanthood. Not with us. Those who lead the most will serve the most, and in doing so, follow Jesus’ example (John 13:15-17; Mark 10:45)
  • PRAYERFUL: We believe that God wants us to pray, biblically and continually. God hears us, and if He hears, we pray. Prayer teaches us to think like God. We pray our wants, our desires, our feelings, and then we pray God’s will be done. (1 Thess. 5:17; Matt. 6:9-13; Matt. 26:38-39)