Our Vision

Statement of Faith

What is our Statement of Faith? (Click here to learn more)

Our Mandate

Our mandate is to make, mature, and mobilize disciples who live on mission with the gospel.

What is a Disciple? (Click here to learn more)

A disciple is someone who in repentance has come to faith in Jesus as Savior and is growing in faithfulness to Him.

What is at stake? (Click here to learn more)

The task of making disciples is becoming increasingly more challenging as North America becomes less and less spiritually inclined.  As many as eighty to eighty five (80 to 85%) percent, if not higher of American churches are plateaued or dying.  The numbers reveal that between sixty-nine percent (69%) and ninety-four percent (94%) of churched young people will leave the church after graduating from high school, and few will return.

God's Mission for the Church

What has God called all Christians to do?

The mission that Jesus has given his followers is to make and mobilize disciples.  It is God’s heart to call, save, rescue, redeem, restore, and renew.  We see this most fully in the person and work of Jesus in his life, death, and resurrection.  God is for us and not against us.  It is our privilege to partner with God in his mission in the world and for the world.  As his church, we are “sent ones.”  He invites us to be on mission with him as his ambassadors to see the lost reconciled to their Creator. 

Click here to see the primary biblical passages that call us to our mission.

Satan's Mission for the Church

What does the Bible say about Satan’s mission for the church?  (click here)

Our Values

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STORY FORMED

We find our place and purpose in the unfolding Story of God.

The Bible is not just a book about what has happened in the past.  It is that, but it is so much more.  God’s Word reveals a Story about God’s activities -  past, present, and future.

GOSPEL CENTERED
 
We unite around the person and work of Jesus, not our preferences or a personality.  We love Jesus. The Bible says we are dead, slaves to sin, objects of God’s wrath, rebellious, ungrateful, selfish, idolatrous, self-righteous, and deserving of eternity apart from our Creator.  Yes, we are that bad (and worse).  But because the gospel really is good news, this does not define us or describe who we are in Jesus.  In Jesus, we are forgiven, loved, accepted, righteous, free, cherished, victorious, and hopeful.  God has given us what we don’t deserve.  At the heart of Christianity is this gospel of grace. 
 
SPIRIT EMPOWERED

We are uniquely empowered for mission by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

As the presence of Jesus here on earth, we are sent out on mission not by our own strength, gifts, wisdom, or relevance, but primarily through the indwelling and empowering presence of God’s Spirit.  Jesus is our model in that all He did in His earthly ministry was done in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

WORD DRIVEN

We are called to a life of worship by being both, “hearers and doers” of God’s Word.

Our Identity

Our identities answers the question, “Who are we?”  Below is a brief description of three critical identities for us as a church:

Family – We are sons and daughters of God who have been called together to care for one another as a family. 

We believe the gospel births us into a new family.  It has always been God’s desire for His people to live in such a way that the world would know what He is like.  Jesus said that those who love and obey Him are truly God’s family.  Through Jesus we believe we are children of God and brothers and sisters with each other.  As family, it is both our privilege and responsibility, to personally care for the needs of one another - both physically and spiritually. (Genesis 12:1-3; John 1:12-13; Romans 12:10-16)

Disciples – We are disciples of Jesus who have come to faith in Jesus and are growing in greater faithfulness to Him.

Jesus isn’t looking for admirers.  He is looking for followers who believe He really is the way, the truth, and the life.  As disciples, we are learning from Him, but also learning to be like Him.  As Jesus’ followers, we believe we should take responsibility for our own development and the development of others. (Luke 2:52; Matthew 28:18-20; Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2)

Missionaries – We are sent on mission with a message of reconciliation and restoration.

The Bible tells of how God sent His son, Jesus, to take on human flesh.  He loved us, saved, and restored us by dwelling among us.  He worked, ate and interacted among the people; living in such a way that those around Him could see and experience what God was truly like.  Jesus came so that we might be reconciled back to our Creator.  In the same way, we believe we are missionaries sent with a message that God is restoring all things back to Himself through Jesus. (John 1:14; 20:21; Colossians 1:19; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)