We do life together versus journeying through life on our own. This is achieved primarily through involvement in life groups, support groups, ministry teams and accountability partners. We demonstrate our commitment to each other by listening and responding with gentleness and grace. We walk alongside a person in need, giving them the hope and healing support of a family.
We focus our ministry not upon ourselves, but upon those we are seeking to reach. We want to develop a servant culture of men, women and young people who possess a heart and a mindset of serving others.
We maintain high standards of honesty and character in all that we do. We seek to be above reproach in all the affairs of the church and in our personal lives, in order that we not impugn the name of Christ or damage the work of God's kingdom.
We strive to connect and communicate in words and ways that are meaningful to the people of our culture, enabling them to embrace the ageless message of Christ. We have adopted the approach to ministry of the apostle Paul: When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ.... When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. I do all this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings. 1 Cor. 9:20-23 (NLT)
We seek to maintain a high-expectation culture in our church and are committed to excellence for the glory of God. To that end, we evaluate everything we do according to these values, and are willing to discard or discontinue efforts that do not meet these standards.
We rejoice in knowing that Christ is building his church, and that he wants it to be a beautiful mosaic of diverse cultures, customs, backgrounds, passions and spiritual gifts, all coming together in unity, as an expression of God's ultimate desire - "to bring everything together under one head, even Christ." (Ephesians 1:10) Therefore we celebrate and nurture an environment in which this value can flourish.
While being prayerful about all that do, we seek to be proactive in doing versus talking, and implementing action plans versus becoming bogged down in over-analysis. We want to operate from a basis of faith versus fear. To this end, we model our lives and ministry after Joshua and Caleb who said, "Let us go in and take the land." (Numbers 13:30)