TRANSFORMED LIVES FOR CHRIST
TO BE A CHURCH WHERE THE CHURCHED AND UNCHURCHED LOVE TO COME
We want to enjoy life together as a Christian family. We want to be one community in Jesus Christ, joined together as brothers and sisters. We seek to develop friendships built on covenant love, mutual responsibility and faithfulness. (John 17:20-23; Rom. 12:3-5; Heb. 3:12-14; Phil. 2:3-5; Eph. 4:11-16; Col. 3:12-15).
We want to hear the Word of God taught in a practical way. We want it to be given with full conviction, not watered down to make it more palatable. We aim to hear and obey – to be “doers of the Word” who are being transformed into the likeness of Jesus. (Rom. 15:4; II Tim. 3:16-17; Matt. 7:24-27; Rom. 8:29; James 1:22)
WORSHIP & PRAYER
We want to be a church community that experiences and worships God with our whole being. We want the Lord Jesus at the center of our worship. We hunger for the fullness of the Spirit, His glory resting upon us, as we worship in both an intimate and inspiring way. (Phil. 3:3; Heb. 13:15; Ps. 63:1-5; Rom 12:1; I Peter 2:4; Eph. 2:19-22; I Cor 14:26)
We recognize the Holy Spirit as the giver of life and His anointing power as the source of true creativity, authentic innovation, and inspiring purpose. We encourage the cultivation of a spirit of excellence, pursuit of vision, and the creative potential of every believer.
INTIMACY OF COMMUNITY
We are a family for individuals and a community of families. We are committed to the genuine care and personal growth which flourishes in the intimacy of a small group. This value is reflected in our preference for small group ministry and cell-based structure. We are committed to the nurturing potential of small-group ministry for reaching the lost, cultivating relationships, expressing gifts, stimulating spiritual growth, developing leaders, and experiencing life-change.
We want to equip Christians to “do the works of Christ”. We embrace the “show and tell” model of “on the job” training, in which inexperienced people are introduced to ministry jobs with support, teaching, encouragement, and correction by those who already have a fruitful ministry in the area. (Eph. 4:11-16; Matt. 28:18-20; II Tim. 2:2)
Our church is a place where healthy and loving relationships are considered indispensable to spiritual formation and growth. Meeting people’s needs through strong life-sharing relationships will always be more important than maintaining programs.
BEAUTY IN DIVERSITY
We relate to each other as a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-gifted blend of God’s people whose focus is not on social, economic, racial, or gender distinctions, but rather on the beauty of expressing God through a diverse body of believers.
We want to renew, refresh, and empower churches, both in the U.S. and abroad, by sending trained personnel on short-term and long-term ministry trips. We want to assist apostolic men in foreign counties in planting and developing churches there. (Luke 10:1-2; Mk. 16:15-18; Matt. 28:18-20; Rev. 5:9-10)
We understand that it is our destiny in God to plant and/or adopt churches. Our goal is to plant churches, but we are also open to adopting churches that God Himself binds us to.