Our Culture

Purpose Statement

Molding disciples of Jesus Christ to be ministers of reconciliation to the world.

Vision Statement

A church where everyone feels loved and safe and is a representation of the coming Kingdom of God.

Mission Statement

Spreading unity in diversity and restoration in Christ to our community.

Values
  • Empathy, empathy, empathy – we will seek to see the world through the eyes of everyone who is different from us.
  • Political, but intentionally non-partisan – we can not ignore the social problems of the world that are part of the political realm, but we will do so apart from the political parties and divisions of the world.
  • Of the Kingdom of God, not the kingdoms of the world – we are citizens of God’s Kingdom, and while we live in and interact with the governments of this world, we do not identify ourselves with them over and against the Kingdom of God.
  • Comfortable being uncomfortable – to be a disciple is to be constantly challenged to rethink what we believe we know, just as Jesus continually challenged His disciples throughout His ministry.
  • Wholly inclusive without prejudice – we welcome and include everyone in all aspects of the life of our church without seeking to lecture or change anyone regardless of beliefs, gender, race, sexuality, identity, politics, or any other identifier. We hold each other accountable in love to our understanding of the teachings of the Tradition of the Church as explained in scripture, but only God can convict us and others and change hearts and minds.
  • Aggressively multicultural – we seek to be a diverse body of believers representing every tribe and every tongue; is multicultural, multiethnic, multigenerational; and includes people of all backgrounds, economic situations, political beliefs, and self-identities. We anticipate the fullness of the coming Kingdom of God made up of brothers and sisters all over the world.
    • “All the churches of Jesus Christ, scattered in diverse cultures, have been redeemed for God by the blood of the Lamb to form one multicultural community of faith. The ‘blood’ that binds them as brothers and sisters is more precious than the ‘blood,’ the language, the customs, political allegiances, or economic interests that may separate them. We reject the false doctrine, as though a church should place allegiance to the culture it inhabits and the nation to which it belongs above the commitment to brothers and sisters from other cultures and nations, servants of the one Jesus Christ, their common Lord, and members of God’s new community.” – Miroslav Volf
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