Our Core Values

SERVICE

Free and Responsible

Christ died to set us free from the law of sin and death, fear, and shame to establish us in freedom so we can live and love as God’s glorious children. (2 Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:1-2, 19-21; Rom. 6:4 and 14-22)

Freedom is very personal, but it is not self-centered. Scripture says we have been given freedom to serve one another in love. (Gal. 5:13-15; 1 Cor. 8:9-13; 1 Cor. 9:19; Rom. 14 and 15)

Freedom and responsibility cannot be separated. We experience freedom when we are able to control ourselves. So we cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He produces the fruit of self-control in us. (Gal. 5:16-25; Rom. 8:12-13; 2 Pet. 1:5-9)

We endeavor to make sure the “size” of our self-control continues to grow and remain bigger than the size of our influence. (Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; 1 Cor. 6:18-20)

What does it look like? We are not saying...

Honor Affirms Value

Honor recognizes and affirms how valuable and powerful other people are because they are made in His image and He died to restore them to relationship. We are significant. (Gen. 1:26; Eph. 4:22-24; Rom. 12:10)

The level of value we have for one another influences the measure of impact we have on each other. (Matt. 10:41; John 13:35; Phil. 2:1-4)

We call out the best in people and celebrate them in spite of our differences, responding to people based on who we are and their God-given identity, not simply their behavior or self-definition. (1 Cor. 12:18; 24-26, 14:3; Phil. 4:8)

Honor must be demonstrated through consistent respect in word and action toward those we lead, follow, love and disagree with. Honor avoids controlling others but does confront, limit and discipline when necessary. (1 Cor. 13:1-7; 1 Cor. 4:13; 2 Tim. 2:11-16)

What does it look like? We are not saying...

Hope in a Glorious Church

We believe the Church will successfully fulfill Christ’s great commission to make disciples of all nations, which means the nations will be transformed. (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 1 John 5:14-15; Is. 54:3-5; Is. 60)

We work to leave a legacy and inheritance for future generations. we long for the Lord’s return, yet we don’t know when He will come; therefore, we have a long-term vision. (Prov. 13.22; Is. 9:6-7; Is. 2:4; Is. 11:5-7; Matt. 25:14-29; Rev. 12:11)

We are not looking to escape the world but to see Christ’s victory manifested in individuals and nations even in the face of resistance and conflict. (Luke 10:2-3; Matt. 28:18-19; Phil. 3:12-14; Heb. 12:1-3; Rev. 11:15)

The Church is called to overcome at all times—in times of suffering and persecution and in times of prosperity and great influence. (John 16:33; Ps. 188:6; Is. 41:10; 1 John 4:4; Is. 54:17; Ps. 34:19)

What does it look like? We are not saying...