Grace. Accountability. Intentionality. Humility. Restoration.
Core values are the values that create the atmosphere in which we perform our mission. Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. Rather, our core values underlie our work, informing us on how we should interact with each other, and guiding us on choosing the right strategies we should employ to fulfill our mission.
Grace is central to our understanding of how God relates to us. God has graciously made us who we are, given to us what we have, and called us to be his people in this place. Therefore, we will share this grace given to us with others around us, not only through the proclamation of what God has done for us, but also through our daily interactions with each other, knowing that we should forgive others around us as we have been forgiven by God. (Matthew 18:21-35)
We are called to be in community with God and with others around us through the building and maintaining of healthy relationships. This is achieved when we speak the truth in love to those around us and when we hold each other accountable to being obedient to God’s calling in our lives. When we allow ourselves to be accountable to God and to each other we can grow in our faith and maturity. (Ephesians 4:22-25)
God has called each and every one of us to fulfill a purpose in this world. When we are living in that purpose, we find beauty and meaning for our lives. Furthermore, we as a church are called to a collective purpose of being the community that God wants us to be. We therefore should strive to fulfill our purpose, and do this with relevance and excellence. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Because we are people who have been shown grace by our creator, we should never believe that we are greater than anyone else. When we take humility seriously in our lives, we are united with Christ and his suffering and united with the suffering of others. As we submit ourselves to God and to each other, we must allow our belief to shape our life and not allow our life to shape our belief. When we are humble, we will posture ourselves to serve others, and not expect others to always serve us. (Philippians 2:1-11)
We believe that God wants to renew and restore all things through the grace offered in Jesus Christ. Sin, both individually and corporately, has broken us. Yet, through the power of resurrection, we can be agents of change and healing in our community. We believe that all things are possible with God; that all who call on his name can be freed from the sin that has enslaved us. (I Peter 1:3-9, 13-16)