OUR STRATEGIC AREAS OF FOCUS
We are a church that proclaims the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are a church that makes disciples who in turn make other disciples.
We are a church that builds healthy extended family relationships.
We value being led by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
We value practicing the spiritual disciplines (e.g. prayer, fasting, solitude, worship, etc.) as a means of placing ourselves before God so that He can transform us.
Galatians 6:8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
We value joy, prayer and thanksgiving.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
OUR CORE VALUES
We value a deep love relationship with God.
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
We value meditating on the Word of God day and night, and skillfully applying it to everyday living.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
We value doing life together in safe, accepting and embracing extended family relationships.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.
We value every person as made in the image of God and deeply loved by God, and as such, should be treated with kindness, dignity and respect.
Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness...” So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.
We value relational and emotional maturity characterized by love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging symbol. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
We value living out the “one anothers” of scripture practically and sacrificially.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
We value meal times as a vital means for rebuilding community.
Acts 2:46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts,…
We value every person as beautiful, creative, gifted and unique, and with something valuable to contribute for the strengthening of the church.
1 Corinthians 14:26 When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
We value ethnic, socio-economic and gender equality in all aspects of ministry.
Galatians 3:28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.
We value training up children in the way of the Lord.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
We value disciple-making through immersion.
Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
We value common courtesy toward others, especially strangers, expressed through smiling and acknowledging one’s presence.
John 4:7 When a Samaritan came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”
We value contributing to our community in practical ways.
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
We value social justice.
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?
We value church planting as the most effective evangelistic tool.
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
We value the local church as the hope of the world, and Acts 2:42-47 as the model church.
Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.