Guiding Principles
Our guiding principles articulate shared values to which we hold as a community in mission and in life together. These values reflect our strategic direction and what deeply matters to us.

Because our worship life is the defining and central practice of this congregation, it shall always receive our highest attention. We will not schedule anything that competes with our worship life.

The valuing of kids and gifting them with faith, hope, love, and developmental assets must permeate all that we do. This principle is placed here as the first one behind our worship life as a statement of our priorities.

Being an authentic church community that truly values kids means that our adults must be in life-giving partnerships with our kids in every aspect of our mission.

Apart from regular participation in worship, we believe that the primary and most highly effective medium for faith development is in the home.

We exist for God's mission to and for the world. We do not exist for ourselves. Mission is not something that we do among a menu of activities.  We are God's mission.

When we proclaim "The gifts of God are free" we truly mean free for all.

We take seriously the words of Jesus and the scriptures that with God all things are possible. This is not triumphalism, and it is not a belief in ourselves. It is a belief in God, who is able to bring life and light to all situations. Thus, we are a congregation who takes risks to fulfill God's mission and vision for us.

Because the idolatry of wealth is totally pervasive in our world, we must lift up generous biblical financial stewardship as essential to discipleship. We take seriously the words of Jesus, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:21)

We celebrate change, growth, and transformation. We do not fear them.

Because God's mission and vision for this congregation belongs to all of us, the work of mission and ministry teams, mission spending, the state of our finances and stewardship, and decision-making processes must be wisely transparent.

In mission and ministry, we value permission-giving structures of congregational leadership rather than approval-seeking.

When conflict occurs, we follow Matthew 18:15-20 as a guide to resolution, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

As an authentic congregation in Christ, we hold each other accountable to speech and actions that build up this body of Christ and foster respect and love for all.

We do not take ourselves too seriously, but we take the claim "He is risen!" with ultimate seriousness.

We believe that a congregation that is grasped by the Gospel of God exhibits the fruit of the Spirit in its life together: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We also believe that lots of laughter and humiity should mark our life together.

Last Published: May 19, 2015 12:30 PM