"Helping others begin, and grow their personal relationship with Jesus Christ."
The Mission & Vision
"Connecting with Communities to make and develop disciples of Jesus Christ, by teaching the truth and leading with Love."
We share a common purpose
We place a special emphasis on helping young people to fulfill their calling to do the important work Jesus has prepared in advance for them to do. (Ephesians 2:10, 1 Timothy 4:12) We are willing to live our lives outside of our natural comfort zones in order to achieve this purpose.
We are biblically grounded
We unapologetically believe in the Bible. We recognize the Bible as the sole authority for all our faith and practice. The first consideration in any decision we make is what God has revealed through the Scriptures. We are committed to sound exposition of the Scriptures as a vital part of our community life. Our doctrinal statement is simply a summary of the biblical truths we affirm, including a commitment to the inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the unchangeable and uncompromising message of the Bible ought to be presented in a manner that is relevant to contemporary people in our community.
We are ruled by grace
We believe salvation was afforded to us through God's grace, through faith. Any good thing that we have and any good work that we do, we see as an example of His grace in our lives. Since our faith is based on God’s grace, we seek to live graciously in our relationships with others.
We value community
We have made a careful decision as a church family to “do life together.” We cultivate deep friendships. We gather in small groups throughout our region for mutual encouragement, to share one another’s joys and sorrows, and to seek to apply the Bible to the everyday lives we lead. Together, we experience communion with God, community with one another, and compassion for our world.
We value unity
The Scriptures make abundantly clear that there is no room for dissension or quarreling within the church. We believe our unity, which is nothing more than a manifestation of our love and devotion to one another, is an essential part of our witness to the greater community. We have a clear biblical plan for resolving disputes (Matthew 18:15-20) and affirm that members have a responsibility to be reconciled to one another .
We value the biblical priority of the local church
We believe that God has called the body of Christ to function in community. This community is the local church. It is through the local church that we able assist in the development of disciples, and impact the larger community. We believe that participation in the life of a local church is necessary for each believer to fulfill his/her God given potential. It is within the local church we individual believers are strengthened, encouraged, and developed to share the gospel throughout the world.
We value discipleship, the process where believers help one another grow to be more like Christ
We believe that those who have accepted God’s grace will be transformed. This transformation is a gradual process which a person cannot achieve on her/his own. Thus we endeavor to be available and teachable to one another. We recognize that true discipleship is costly for it involves a life of voluntary sacrifice following the pattern of Christ. We believe God calls every believer to a life of spiritual reproduction, passing on Biblical truth to the next generation, and sharing this same truth with those who do not yet know Jesus. Thus we believe God enables each believer to be a witness for Him and to grow to a place of effective service within the church.
We value diversity
Within our unity of purpose and bond of love, we appreciate the diversity of personality, gifts, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds that God has given to us. We believe that God has given different gifts within the body for the common good, and where these gifts function fully together the whole is better equipped to represent Christ to the world.. We have been uniquely called to break down walls that have separated people from each other – whether deaf and hearing, black and white, or any other division. While we are individually uniquely made diverse for the glory of God, we are one body in Christ without division.
We value generosity
We recognize that God has richly blessed our congregation both with financial wealth and with a wealth of talent and other personal resources. We seek to live lives characterized by generosity towards one another and toward those outside the church who are less fortunate than we are. We believe that biblical stewardship is both a response of a loving heart to the grace of God and a skill which can be developed through biblical instruction.
We value compassion and justice
We seek to extend the compassion of Christ to those overtaken by poverty and oppression, here in our area and around the world. We also believe that we are called to bear one another's burdens; carrying for the needs of those within our body, and those that are not. Thus, we seek to care for one another and allow others to care for us as a necessary part of the life of our community.