“In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, charity. In all things, Jesus Christ.”
1. We are Bible-centered but not mean-spirited. We believe that the Bible is completely true and to be taken very seriously. However, we do not draw battle lines over minor points or make them a test of friendship. We value a humble and loving environment that is unified with our Lord, with each other, and with Christians from other churches (Eph 4:3-6).
2. We value relevance without compromise. It is our goal to express our faith in modern and meaningful ways without compromising the Bible or our character. There are many aspects of culture that should be adapted to help our friends know God, but there are some aspects of culture that cannot be adapted (1 Cor 9:19-23, Rom 12:2).
3. We value ongoing growth of both head and heart (See our Grow page). True faith is both rational and relational, and without good works it isn’t alive (James 2:14-17). Therefore we value solid biblical content as well as a dynamic relationship with the Lord. We primarily teach verse-by-verse through both the Old and New Testaments, but we try to do so in such a way as to help people of all learning levels & styles learn to love Christ and His Word (John 5:39-40, 2 Cor 1:13).
4. We value healthy relationships, which includes (1) spending quality time with one another (2) being gracious instead of harsh or controlling; (3) being truthful and speaking what needs to be said instead of holding things in or manipulating (4) being vulnerable and accountable, and (5) setting healthy and biblical boundaries (Eph 4:15, Prov 27:5, 2 Cor 6:11-13, Gal 6:2, 5).
5. We value the entire family of God. We want all of us regardless of age or culture to make the effort to interact with each other, depend on each other, and worship together (1 Cor 12:12). This is why we value blending everyone’s musical preferences in our services (Phil 2:1-5).
6. We believe that all truth is God’s truth. God has written three books – His Word, His World, and His People (Ps 19, 2 Cor 3:3). The special revelation of the Bible is most important, but valuable insights can be gained from the study of his world (i.e. science, psychology, business, etc) as well as from what God has done in the lives of His children.
7. We value gift-driven ministry. We want people to understand their spiritual gifts and serve accordingly (1 Cor 12). Ministries are most effective when they are being led by people who have the gifts and passion to lead them. Therefore, our church only does the ministries that we are genuinely gifted for.
8. We value congregational church government. Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and each member of His church has been given His Spirit, spiritual gifts, and responsibility to help the Church be healthy (1 Cor 12:13, Eph 4:11-16). In light of this, we value a form of church government where each member helps decide and govern the church’s affairs under Christ.
9. We value joy and humor. Laughter flows out of God’s joyous nature and is a way to help people relate to His message and messengers (Ecc 3:4, Gal 5:22). We value laughter in our personal relationships as well as in our church services.
10. We value utilizing our resources wisely. We try to do as much as we can for the Lord with what we have, faithfully using the resources and time with which God has entrusted us (Prov 6:6-8, 22:7b; Luke 14:28-30, Eph 5:16). We want to constantly reevaluate our usage in light of God’s priorities, especially the worldwide need for the Gospel.