Our Core Values
Our Core Values define who we are as a church. They serve as characteristics of the individuals that make up the body, and as guiding principles to be used, as we set out to connect people to the gospel and to one another, while applying all the gospel to all of life.
These values, which regulate what ministries we do and how we do them, may change over time. As God strengthens our church and provides other opportunities, we may need to focus on other biblical values that are not listed here.
We believe that being Kingdom focused simply means to turn our attention from the cares and philosophies of this world to the sovereign rule and hope in the righteousness, and promises, of King Jesus, the Christ. We believe that if we seek first the Kingdom of God, then God will provide for our every need. (Mt. 6:10, 33)
We believe that all Christians were commanded by Jesus to make disciples by the Holy Spirit’s empowerment through the local church. This happens through the new birth and growth of every believer in following Jesus. Our method of discipleship is rooted in Titus 2 as the elders of the church build up strong, mature men and women who in turn strengthen those coming behind them. (Mt 28:18-20; 1 Jn 2; Titus 2)
We believe that to grow up in unity and become effective ambassadors of the gospel, the church must be highly relational. We must strive to refrain from neglecting the assembling of ourselves together, while purposefully going out into the highways and the hedges to compel the lost to come into the gospel community. It is within this community that we believe each person was created to thrive. (Hb 10:24; Lk 14:23)
We believe that God has divinely gifted believers with spiritual gifts, talents, finances, time, relationships, etc. We understand that we have the responsibility, both individually and corporately, to exercise each of these with godly wisdom and be good stewards of what God has given us. (Mt 25:14-30; 1 Pet 4:10)
We believe that God gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, and shepherd/teachers to equip the body through His Word. However, responsibility falls on each believer to apply the gospel of Christ, and their faith, to their own lives. Discipline is at the very heart of being becoming a disciple. (Jn 17:15-19; Eph 4:11-16; 2 Tim 2:15)