Our Church’s mission is the one given by Jesus called “The Great Commission:” ...Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19–20).
But what does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?
A disciple responds in three ways to Jesus' words in Mark 1:17:
1. Come Follow Me: A disciple hears Jesus call and repents of sin, placing his or her trust in Jesus.
2. I Will Make: A disciple daily surrenders to God's continual work of character transformation to make him or her more like Christ.
3. Fishers of Men: A disciple accepts Jesus’ mission to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10), and actively serves as the Lord's hands and feet in this world.
Everything we do to obey Jesus falls into four Central Ministries, which are Worship, Belonging, Mercy and Mission (listed below). Our Principles and Culture (also listed below) articulate what we value as we engage in these ministries. We long to see every member growing in spiritual maturity and using his or her gifts as Christ has apportioned them. The Bible describes the people of God as a body with many different parts all working together to build up the church in love (Ephesians 4:11-16). We strive to help each member identify the specific ministries where God is calling him or her to serve.
WORSHIP- Expressing love for God
God’s kindness to us turns our heart back to him. The result is a life lived for him. Worship is far more than what we do on Sunday morning. Worship on the Lord’s Day inspires worship on every day! It’s our reason for existence. It is a way of life that is centered on the Lord. Jesus tells us to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). Whatever we do for God’s glory becomes an act of worship, and in response to God’s mercy, we become a living sacrifice to him.
BELONGING – Knowing and Loving One Another
In John 15:12, Jesus commands us to love one another as he has loved us. This means, as sinners saved by grace, we are able to receive others without judgment or condemnation. We desire to know and love one another, even as imperfect people. Our prayer is that our community will grow as disciples of Christ who journey through life together.
MERCY – Serving Those In Need
Jesus gives us one example after another of God’s compassionate heart for those who are marginalized such as the homeless, orphans, the poor, immigrants, etc. To love God is to care about the things he cares about (Deut 15:10-11, Luke 12:23). We engage in ministries of mercy that seek to provide care for those in need and justice for those who are oppressed. We partner with many local ministries in our community that reach out to “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40)
MISSION - Telling God’s Story
Jesus’ mission was “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). The Gospel story of God’s redemption and love is for all people and for us to share with all people. Therefore, we seek to join Christ in his mission in our community by sharing our faith with those around us through word and deed. We also recognize God’s call to global missions, so we promote, support, and send missionaries to the nations.
THE BIBLE IS OUR AUTHORITY
All of our preaching, teaching, and ministry flow from our commitment to make God’s word central to everything.
Our life of worship and faith seeks to weave together the Scriptural (God’s word to us), the Spirit-filled (the Holy Spirit’s work in us), and the Sacramental (the sacred and ancient expressions of serving the God who redeemed us).
Not one of us is worthy of God’s kingdom. God loves us despite our mess. The Good News is that we are far more broken than we dare to admit, but far more loved than we could ever imagine. Because we are loved and accepted by God, we extend his grace to others.
God accepts us where we are, but through Christ’s love and the power of the Holy Spirit, he transforms us into the likeness of Christ. Grace is good, but growth is necessary, so we actively cooperate with God in the pursuit of holiness.
We promote a personal relationship with Jesus, not a religion. Therefore, we spend time with God and serve others not because we need to earn favor from God but in response to his love for us. We encourage all to develop a real relationship with Christ through prayer, reading God’s word, and practicing spiritual disciplines.
We let God love us first, so we can love ourselves as well as others (Mark 12:31). Living in community is messy. Therefore, we encourage growth in self-awareness, setting healthy boundaries, and extending forgiveness to one another.
We desire to share Christ with those around us, but also let Christ grow deeper within us. It is natural and healthy for those who have walked with Christ longer to help those newer to the faith grow as well. Christianity has been compared to one beggar showing another beggar where to find bread.
The clergy and staff members are not supposed to do ministry by themselves, but equip the saints for the work of ministry so the whole body might be built up (Ephesians 4:11-16). Each member of the church is encouraged to participate and contribute to the life of the church. When we serve, we grow.