Processing our lives through the redemption story of Jesus (which is also called discipleship) is more than just ascribing to a new belief system. It is a lifelong process of following the words, works, and ways of Jesus. That's what we are all about. We do that by 1) submitting our lives to the Jesus story; 2) finding a place to belong amongst His family; and 3) joining Him on mission to help others follow Him while seeking the transformation of our neighborhoods, cities, and the world.
We are a story-formed people. Stories shape us, form us, and speak into our identities and purpose, they cut right to the core of who we are. We are all born into a story and continue to live our lives under a certain script. Regardless of the existing script of our lives, Jesus invites us to imagine a new, more truer, way of looking at the narrative of life and the world around us. The gospel invites us to let go of our striving and works driven pursuit of right living and find rest in the life, death, resurrection, and future return of Christ. Resting in the work of Christ, we learn to worship and submit to Jesus in all of life, creating space for our lives to be transformed by the love of Father, Son, and Spirit.
We are a family-formed people. This process of allowing the story of Christ to change us can only be accomplished within the family of God. Here we find that despite our differences, every possible boundary is crossed as we share in fellowship, or common life together. To be human is to recognize our need for community. God wired us from the very start to belong to others. Christian formation does not occur alone, but in the context of God’s family. We are adopted in, and belong to a new family. Here we love, care, and nurture one another and find we are valuable to God and others. It is in the context of family that we most learn to live out Jesus’ redemption story.
We are a mission-formed people. The family of God does not just exist for itself. We have a God-given mission to extend God’s story and family into our neighborhoods and world. Empowered by God’s Spirit, we are sent out to extend these blessings we’ve experienced to our neighborhoods and relational networks. We become carriers of God’s presence into the world around us. We are called to be peacemakers, reconcilers, and stewards. We listen to our neighbors, seek the renewal of our community, and discern where God is opening up opportunities for Kingdom transformation today.
The story of our world begins and ends with the presence of God. We were created for God’s presence, to experience and enjoy Him, and are sent to live present to those in our neighborhoods and networks.
God is working to put all broken things back together in Christ. Through the Holy Spirit, God continues to communicate and empower the Church to join His plan of renewal in the world.
We are a church where people can find a safe place to be known and be real as the gospel brings wholeness to every area of our lives.
We are a family where all can find a place of belonging - where we gather around tables, enjoy one another, and learn to live selflessly for the good of the whole. We practice reconciliation and place a high value on healthy relationships - family, marriages, and singles. We also highly regard the next generation of youth and children. We will be present with them, value intergenerational relationships, and equip them to follow Jesus in all of life.
We are passionate about God and our mission in the neighborhood. The passion of Christ motivates us to love boldly, live courageously, and take faith risks for the sake of God's goodness and justice in our world.
Every person is made in the image of God and is valuable and powerful, regardless of our differences. We are all equal in the family of God. The work of ministry is not left to a few super saints, but is the responsibility of every follower of Jesus. We equip and empower each follower of Jesus to live out their God-given roles and personality.
Because God is the original creator and the most beautiful one of all, we reflect God’s beauty in all we do. We leverage creative mediums as a church with excellence and participate in acts of art, beauty and justice
in our neighborhoods.
We gather around the historic confession of faith: The Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
**often the word catholic is used here to mean the church universal
Also see Assemblies of God Statement of Faith