Our heart is after the PRESENCE of God

We value the Presence of God. God can do more in a person’s life when they encounter His Presence than we can do through all of our strategic planning. We will prepare; we will pray; we will worship with all of our heart. We will do everything we can to enhance the opportunity for each person to encounter the Presence of God in every gathering we have. We will not be happy if we just go through the motions of being in church. (James 4:8,10; John 4:23, Acts 3:19; Hebrews 10:19-22)

Our heart is for UNITY

Unity is our secret sauce. We want unity on our staff and we want unity in our church, and we want unity with other churches who are preaching the Gospel. Unity is critical. We don’t gossip; we speak life; we don’t tear down; we build up. (Acts 4:32; Psalm 133; Ephesians 4:3)

Our heart is to INSPIRE

We want to inspire and encourage people. The world has hurt and pain, but we are glass half-full people, and the glass comes with free refills! Pain in this life will happen, but we will answer that pain with hope. We truly believe that in Jesus Christ, the best is yet to come! (Psalm 23:5; Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Romans 5:1-5)

Our heart is to be AUTHENTIC

We are real people doing real life together. Authenticity is hard to define, but we all know it when we see it. None of us is perfect. We are honest about our failures. Yet, we are committed to learning from our failures and moving forward from them. We share our failures so that we can all move forward, to show that there is a way out. We are going to tell the truth. (1 John 1:6-10; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16)

Our heart is to Engage

We believe that God called us to go beyond just serving inside the walls of our church. We are committed to work with local and global compassion and justice partners in our cities by partnering with ministries, agencies, and organizations that are making a difference in battling poverty and injustice. “You are the light of the world-like a city on a mountain glowing in the night for all to see.” Matthew 5:14 “When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere-in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:7

We have Generous Hearts

As we start to follow Christ we see that life is not about “us". We have been given life to exalt Jesus and to be a blessing to those around us. By being a generous church with our time, talent, and treasures we show the world that we value Him more than the things of this world. The Scripture teaches us to give a percentage of our income as an act of worship. This act reminds us that all we have is a gift from God and we are called to steward what He has given us. As a church we contribute 10% of every weekend’s offering and set it aside for both local and world missions. “All the believers were of one heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. Selling their possessions and goods they gave to anyone as they had need.” Acts 2:44; 4:32