A church that exists for its own sake is not a church, but a club. Our foundation must be rooted in selfless love for our fellow man to such a degree that we are never fully able to achieve it, a "humble hypocrisy" if you will. Thus...
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So how do we do that in the day to day of this community? Our Mission anchors this extraordinary vision in ordinary life. Everything we do as a community falls under these three rhythms:
Though infinite & unfathomable, the Creator of the Universe has made Himself known through His written Word, invited us into Life with Him through the Holy Spirit, and made us His broken-but-beloved children through His Son, the Incarnate Word (Jesus). Yet to know God through Jesus is far more than merely knowing about Him. We find our greatest good and our truest selves by accepting His invitation to know and love Him in community.
The story of scripture is that of a Father relentlessly pursuing stubborn human beings who’ve given Him the middle finger (and then some). Knowing this, God rewires our hearts to beat for the good of those who we least like, understand, or identify with. Christ’s life, death and resurrection are a rally cry to model His unconditional grace by loving all people without preference and welcoming everyone without distinction.
God made this world and declared it “very good.” He then charged humanity with cultivating that raw goodness into something more. Sin scarred that goodness, but the call to cultivate beauty remains. Through art, science, design, parenting, plumbing, innovation, vocation, non-profits, friendships, community, family & every other facet of human flourishing, we seek to cultivate beauty in our love for God, for the life of our community.
Our Values "clothe" our vision in an ethos that concretely describes our church family, leadership, and heart for our broader community. They are (quite literally) what we care about more than anything else. They cause our pulse to quicken, make sacrifice a joy rather than a burden, and remind us of the infinitely-faceted way God loves us.
IS OUR STARTING POINT...
Every human being, regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation or creed, is made in the image of God. Every person has intrinsic dignity, value and worth that cannot be taken away or diminished by anyone (including ourselves). Thus, we work to see our fellow man with “Gospel eyes,” choosing to see them as Christ sees them (fellow broken reflections of His glory), which fundamentally changes how (and how much) we love all people.
[HOSPITALITY] IS OUR LIFESTYLE...
God is the Divine Host who has called His people to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed (us)” (Rom 15:7). This is far more than having people in our home for meals. It is a lifestyle of generous and selfless love for those who are most different from us. We worship a God who died for His enemies (us), and that reality redefines our priorities around the needs of others rather than our own.
[TRUTH WITH LOVE]
IS OUR POSTURE...
Truth without Love is merely abuse. Love without Truth is merely neglect. In an age where polarizing, 140-character sound bites wage war over social & cable media, God’s people are called to speak truth in such a way that mirrors the heart of a God who is for our neighbor. This requires us to be humbled by our un-deservedness, confident in God’s loving faithfulness, & eagerly committed to listening to those who most disagree with us.
[SHALOM] IS OUR PASSION...
Ultimately, we aim for renewal & the restoration of justice, wholeness & peace between people, places & things. We are passionate about human flourishing in every sphere of life, which is the hoped-for net result of a church living out the vision to “savor and share the Life of Christ in every person, place and thing” through the unconditional love and grace of God.
IS OUR CATALYST...
It is the value from which all other values are derived & have meaning. The unconditional love of God, demonstrated & accomplished through Christ’s life, death & resurrection is the driving force for our love for God and our neighbor.