Biblical Authority... God’s Word is the final authority in our lives with regard to what we believe and how we behave. The Bible will always be the basis of our teaching and preaching. God has revealed Himself through the Scriptures, and we don’t want to miss anything He has to say about Himself or how we relate to Him.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 5:17-20)
Cultural Relevance... Although the message of the Gospel will never change, our methodologies and strategies must always be fluid. In a rapidly changing culture, the church must always be willing to do whatever it takes to communicate the unchanging truth of the Gospel in a relevant and meaningful way. This must never be optional.
(1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Intimacy With God... The Bible tells us that God desires to have an intimate relationship
with every person. In fact, His desire was so great that He gave His only Son to restore the relationship that we destroyed. We believe that every follower of Christ should be seeking intimacy with God. This belief should cause us to create environments where that intimacy is taught, encouraged, and experienced.
(Revelation 3:20; Revelation 21:1-4)
Lifestyle Evangelism... The first disciples shared their newfound faith naturally. It was a way of life. Evangelism for them was the natural overflow of their intimate relationship with Jesus. Like the early believers, it should be natural for us to share Christ in every avenue of our lives. We must be active in developing redemptive relationships with friends and neighbors, bringing them ultimatelyto Jesus.
(Luke 15; Luke 5:30-32; Matthew 18:10-14)
Authentic Community... We are convinced that life change happens best in the context of Christian community. The Christian life was never intended to be lived or experienced alone. From the beginning God said that it was not good for man to be alone. We will do everything we can to provide opportunities for people to experience the love, honesty, and sharing that only happens in authentic community.
(Hebrews 10:19-25; Ephesians 4:1-6)
Design-based Service... We believe that every Christian is gifted by God and called to serve. Therefore each should discover his or her gifts and abilities and use them in a meaningful place of service in the church and beyond. When people serve within their giftedness, they are energized and motivated by each opportunity, and the entire church benefits from their giftedness.
(1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12)
Intentional Excellence... We will do our very best with the abilities and resources that God grants us. We have the conviction that God is honored and glorified when we strive for excellence in everything we do. Excellence doesn’t just happen by accident, so we will intentionally and diligently plan, prepare, and implement every ministry of the church.
(Malachi 1:6-14; Colossians 3:17)
Strong Families... The first institution created by God was not the church. It was the family. Families are important to God, so families are important to us. We will do all we can to strengthen and protect families. This value will lead us to plan programming and ministries in ways that will bring families together rather than constantly separate them.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 5:22-6:4)
Servant Leadership... Jesus, by example and word, established servanthood as the way in which his people are to lead others. We believe that serving should be the expression of leadership, regardless of how people follow. Our leaders will be those who are willing to pick up a basin and towel, not as a means to an end, but for the express purpose of serving others.
(John 13:1-17; Mark 10:42-45)
Kingdom Growth... We understand that the Kingdom of God is much bigger than any one congregation. As a result we will cooperate with other congregations both locally and globally for the cause of Christ. Because eternity is at stake, our desire is to generously pour our lives, prayers, and resources into ministries and churches that are helping grow the Kingdom.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)