Values

Our Values:

1. Viewing Jesus Christ as everything that the Christian life is all about.

In everything we do, Christ will be the focus of all of our attention, affection and devotion. He will define every dimension of the Christian experience for us. Our aim will be to reflect His character, methods and mission in our lives and ministries. In our lives and ministries, we will seek above all things, to bring maximum glory and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:18, Colossians 3:11, 1 Corinthians 2:2, 2 Corinthians 4:5

2. Building relationships, friendships, and fellowship.

We believe that Christianity is a relational faith—it is about relationship with God and people. We also believe that we cannot fully embrace relationship with Christ without fully embracing relationship with His people. Fellowship (sharing our lives together) is the means through which relationships are built and strengthened within the Christian context; therefore, it is our goal to develop fellowship in all of its dimensions within the life of the local church. We value relationships over ritual, friendship over function, and prioritize people over property and programs. We will focus on being friends of Jesus and sharing our lives together.

1 John 3:1, Galatians 6:10, Ephesians 2:19, 1 Timothy 3:15

3. Developing intimacy with God, passion for His presence, and a lifestyle of worship.

We believe that our highest calling in life is to know God personally and intimately and then make Him known to others in that personal, intimate context. The passionate pursuit of intimate relationship with God is to overflow into every arena of our life and ministry. We believe that it is God’s “real, manifest” presence that best draws people to Himself. Toward that end, we will seek to demonstrate a lifestyle of worship so that we are consciously bearing His presence with us in all that we do.

Matthew 15:8-9, John 4:23-24

4. Ministering as servant-sons of the Father.

We believe that our entire ministry is to be the natural overflow of a true “sonship” relationship with the Father. At Jesus’ baptism, the Father revealed Jesus as the Servant and the Son of God prophesied in the Old Testament. Jesus began His ministry shortly after the Father revealed Him as the Servant-Son. True ministry is nothing more or less than servanthood that flows out of a favored relationship of sonship with the Father. When our identity is secure in being His child, we will be freed up to lay down our lives in selfless service to others.

Matthew 3:16-17, Romans 8:15, Galatians 1:10

5. Raising up a grace-based church.

We are committed to developing a church that only does Christianity in a New Covenant way. The operating principles of the New Covenant are grace, faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. As New Covenant ministers and people, we are committed to do everything we do by grace, through faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit. This stands in firm opposition to the fruitless attempt of doing Christianity through obeying laws, doing works and exercising human strength and willpower.

Ephesians 2:8, Galatians 3:3-5

6. Viewing church as a medical training center.

The church exists to heal broken lives and to train others to do the same. We believe that the church is to be a hospital for the hurting and broken; not a society of perfect people. The church is a training center to prepare others to mend the hurting and broken of our world; not a gathering of people who have it all together or even pretend they do. Church is for people who are imperfect and know they are–sinners who still sin, yet have found healing and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. It is a gathering of imperfect people who are “in process” of becoming more and more like Jesus. As Christians, we are sinful and imperfect people–in many ways “the walking wounded.” Each of us has many wounds and bullet holes from life in us. We are imperfect, but everyday we give Jesus more and more of our lives and we are in the process of being changed to be more like Him. As Jesus said to the Pharisees who complained about the imperfect people Jesus associated with in Matthew,

Matthew 9:12, “But when Jesus heard this, He said, “It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick.”

7. Aiming for Biblical balance in every thing.

We define Biblical balance in ministry as “the fullness of the Word of God combined with the fullness of the Holy Spirit and done in such a way that it looks like Jesus.” Biblical balance requires that we believe, practice, and teach the whole counsel of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. Biblical balance requires that we embrace all of the ministries, gifts, and fruit of the Holy Spirit. When the fullness of the Word and Spirit are brought together, they must clearly reflect the person, character and ministry style of Jesus in the Gospels. In other words, a balanced ministry will simply look like Jesus Christ. We will honor, prioritize, and link together the ministry of the Word and the Spirit in all that we do.

1 Corinthians 4:20, Ephesians 6:17, 1 Thessalonians 1:5

8. Expanding God’s rule and reign to the entire world.

We are committed to developing an “Expansionist Church”—a missional church that has an outward focused heart. The entire world is to be our mission field for Christ. We fully embrace the Biblical mandate of the Great Commission and will labor with everything we have to see it fulfilled in our generation. The Church is called to forcefully advance the Kingdom of God in word and power to the ends of the earth. We have been called to “make disciples of all nations” which necessitates purposeful evangelism, which leads to the establishing of new churches among every people group. Toward that end, we are committed to doing culturally relevant evangelism locally and trans-locally and to train and equip leaders who will establish and multiply churches, so that the Great Commission can be fulfilled in our generation. We are committed to provide training and financial support and to send our very best people so that this Biblical mandate is fulfilled. We will work to do more than merely support missionaries—we will labor to raise up a thoroughly missional church culture.

Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. [19] “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Thessalonians 1:5

9. Honoring the local church as the center of God’s purposes on the earth.

The church exists as God’s chosen instrument for fulfilling His purposes on the earth. It is the center of His redemptive purposes on earth. Christ calls me out of our sinful independence and isolation in order to baptize me into His Body, the Church. It is within the context of local church that the fullness of Christ is revealed and we are brought to a place of maturity and service. Thus, we believe that there is no Christianity apart from life in the local church. The church exists as a “colony of the age to come.” Just as the ancient Romans colonized communities to expose non-Roman people to the benefits of Roman civilization; so also the church uniquely represents citizenship in God’s eternal kingdom made visible on the earth.

Acts 2:38-42, Acts 2:47, Philippians 1:27, Philippians 3:20

10. Training, equipping, and releasing God’s people for all forms of ministry.

As leaders who are equipped as an Ephesians 4 ministers, we are called by God to train and equip God’s people for ministry. Toward that end, our staff and leadership team will work to fully activate each member of the body into a gift-appropriate sphere of ministry service. We believe that the church is to be an equipping station for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Ephesians 4:11-12, “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, [12] for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;”

11. Living in truth, transparency, righteousness and integrity.

We will strive to live a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” (WYSIWYG) lifestyle before all people. We despise religious pretense, deception, and secretiveness and will strive to allow no disparity to exist between our public and private life and ministry.

2 Corinthians 2:17, 2 Corinthians 4:2

12. Doing everything “for the Lord” and with excellence.
We believe that our lives are to be lived to the praise and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and that everything we do is “to” and “for” His good pleasure. We also believe that God only deserves the very best of all we have and do in service. Toward that end we are committed to do all things with excellence to the Lord.

Colossians 1:10, Colossians 3:17, Colossians 3:23