As a church, it is important to call to mind those things that are important to us. These mission and values will shape and direct us as we seek to interact with God, with other Christians, and with an unbelieving world.
Our mission is to glorify God by proclaiming Jesus, receiving grace, being disciples, and making disciples.
In relation to God, we value:
What you think about God will affect every aspect of your life. In his grace, God has given us his written Word as a firm foundation (Titus 1:9) so that we may know him truly and also that we may live godly lives (2 Pet. 1:3).
There is no such thing as a Christian who doesn’t pray. As adopted sons and daughters of God, speaking to our heavenly Father is what we do (Rom. 8:14-17). God’s primary means of communication to us is through the scriptures, and our primary means of communication to God is through prayer (Matt. 6:5-15).
The Christian life is not simply a set of principles to be believed or a series of practices to observe, but it is primarily a relationship to be enjoyed (Jer. 31:33). As Christians, our deepest joy and greatest pleasure is found in close relationship with God (Ps. 16:11). As the Westminster Catechism puts it: “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”
In relation to other Christians, we value:
The priority of relationship
Humans were created for relationship—with God and with one another—but sin creates broken relationship (Gen 3:23-24, Rom. 3:23). Through the work of Jesus on the cross, right relationship with God and with others is restored (1 Pet. 2:10). As a church, we value intentional relationships with other Christians so that we can live out the many “one anothers” of the New Testament (Eph. 4:32, Heb. 10:24-25, Jam. 4:16).
Progress, not perfectionism
When we come to Jesus, we come just as we are — sinful, broken, and in need of grace — and God forgives us and gives us the righteousness of Christ (Phil. 3:9). From that point on, the Christian life is one of putting sin to death (Rom. 6:12-13), trusting more deeply in God’s grace (2 Thes. 1:3), and becoming more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18). When our Christian brothers or sisters stumble (Jam. 3:2), our response should be one of grace (Gal. 6:1) and encouraging them in the gospel (1 Cor. 6:11).
Members equipped for ministry
The work of the ministry is not reserved for a select few pastors or leaders, but the leaders are put in place to equip all of the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11). It is important for each Christian to see that God has given them gifts for the building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12) and that there is great joy in putting those gifts to use (1 Cor. 12:4-11).
In relation to an unbelieving world, we value:
Every member a missionary
The church’s mission comes from the mission of God himself: to display his glory by graciously redeeming a people for himself through the person and work of his Son, Jesus. While some Christians will be particularly gifted to evangelize, the bible teaches that every Christian is entrusted with the responsibility to tell others about Jesus and the gospel (2 Cor. 5:18-19).
Preaching the gospel of the kingdom
Jesus proclaimed the “kingdom of God,” a kingdom where God’s wise rule is lived out perfectly. All Christians are called to joyfully share with others both our own story of God’s grace in our lives, and his story of creation, fall, salvation, and redemption through Jesus (Matt. 28:19–20).
A church gathered and scattered
While the church is certainly a “gathered” people, we are also a “sent” people (John 20:21) who scatter to serve those in need, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus to a lost and hurting world (Rom. 10:14–15), and inviting others into a relationship of faith in Jesus.