We exist to enjoy God and to make disciples of Jesus, who share His love to all.
We are a family of servants and missionaries: for the glory of God and the good of our cities.
As followers of Jesus, we are new creations who have been given a new identity (2 Cor 5:17). We are now disciples of our Savior Jesus Christ. We learn from him to live like him, becoming obedient to his truth from the heart in every aspect of life (Matt 28:16-20). As disciples, we are now included in the family of God, we are servants of our King Jesus, and we proclaim his gospel as missionaries to the world.
These are our gospel identities as disciples of Jesus:
We are family
As sons and daughters of God, we love each other like brothers and sisters. We encourage , build up and celebrate with each other. We disciple, nurture, and hold each other accountable to our new gospel life together. The primary means by which we show the world God’s character and give tangible proof of the gospel’s saving power is through our love for one another. As Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
We are servants
As servants, we joyfully and sacrificially serve Jesus as we serve others. This means submitting to Jesus as Lord, to the leaders he has placed over us, and to each other as we humbly serve whomever God brings into our lives. Living as servants of the Servant presents a tangible witness to Jesus’ Kingdom and the transforming power of the gospel. Like Him, our sacrificial service ought to demand a gospel explanation.
We are missionaries
As missionaries, we are sent to share the truth about God’s love for the world through the sending of His Son. And because we are pardoned rebels ourselves, our posture is always one of humility, joy, and sacrifice. The Spirit has been given to us so that we can know the truth about Jesus, live fruitful lives as evidence of the gospel’s power, be empowered to share the gospel boldly, and trust that he is the one who convicts the heart and gives new life.
Prayer is the source of power for all that we do. We value praying because it displays our dependence on God and not ourselves. We are not called to carry out God’s mission apart from Him, but rather to carry it out in union with Him.
We believe that discipleship and authentic relationships flourish in community. Our desire is to create and foster a grace-saturated community that is rooted in the Gospel. With that, we are free from pursuing the approval of man. This is a safe place to be real, transparent, and honest; understanding that we are all broken, sinful people who desperately need Jesus. In being a safe place, we can be 100% known because we are 100% forgiven.
Unity in Diversity
As believers, we are united in Christ. He has gathered and united us to Himself and in turn to one another. This beautiful truth is displayed and celebrated in diversity. In the community of God, our differences (race, socioeconomic status, educational background, etc.) doesn’t divide us, rather they unite us—helping us to grow into the fullness of the image of God and to reflect heaven here on earth.
In Christ, God has given us His very best. Our response to this ultimate expression of grace and love is to give Him our very best. We do this by giving generously of our time, talent, treasure, and recognizing that our generosity is for the benefit of our own heart, and not for the approval of God or man.
Planting Healthy Churches
We embrace a missionary understanding of the local church and its role as the primary means by which God chooses to establish His Kingdom on earth. The Church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighborhood, the nation, and the world as a whole; thus mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church. The primary way we fulfill this mission is through the planting of healthy churches that plant healthy churches and the training of their leaders.