Our core values define what we will focus on in the attempt to be a healthy church that reaches people for Christ and helps them move to spiritual maturity. We believe that if we can achieve excellence in 5 areas of ministry, that we can accomplish this objective. These 5 areas are only priorities if they are reflected as such in our staffing and budget.
We were created to be in relationship with God. Jesus experienced a radical closeness to God that was also to be a hallmark of his followers (see John 15:4-5; 17:20-21). Spiritual formation in all of its manifestations is of great importance, including the reading of Scripture, giving of funds and time, etc. But, of greatest importance is spending time getting personally connected with God.
We strive to practice prayer in all areas of life and in all of its various forms. Only as we experience this radical closeness to God can we hope to be fully dedicated followers of Christ who build bridges of love to others.
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances. This is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
2. Congregational Worship
Our worship services should be Christ-centered, Spirit-guided, and God-honouring. We will focus on excellence in our musical worship and praise of God, in the message spoken by the pastors, and the discipleship programs that run concurrently for children, youth and adults.
Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another. Hebrews 10:24-25
3. Children and Youth Ministry
We believe that most people who come to faith do so in their formative years. While we recognize that faith generally has to be reaffirmed in a more mature way later on in life, one of our priorities is to help parents in the spiritual formation of their children from birth through adulthood so that they can make informed choices. As such we strive for excellence in all of the various children and youth programs.
Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all. Luke 18:17
4. Small Groups
Genuine Christian community and fellowship is rarely achieved during a weekend worship service. Yet the Christian life cannot be lived in isolation. Small groups foster the need to connect and serve in meaningful ways. People can use their spiritual gifts and personalities in helping to build each other up as they meet in their homes or in smaller groups at the church. Small groups are also the most effective way to incorporate new believers into Christian community, without which the likelihood of them falling away from the faith is greatly increased.
In recognition of these facts, the goal is to have more people attend weekly small groups than do the weekend service(s).
Daily the believers met in the temple, united in their hearts, and met to break bread in their homes, sharing their meals with gladness and sincere hearts, praising God and being viewed with favour by all the people. And the Lord added daily people who were saved to their number. Acts 2:46-47
5. Mission / Acts of Service
We value being a church that is outward focused and open to our community. It includes “walking across the room” to meet people, sharing our testimony, inviting the community to use our facilities, supporting church planting and foreign missions. It may include special outreach events, outreach programs like Alpha, or impacting a Christian orphanage in Africa.
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. Galatians 2:10
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15