Making a Difference, and offering hope by:
Helping people to know Jesus, (mission)
Bring in, train up, send out. Jesus' model of discipleship.
Worshipping God in Spirit and truth, (authenticity in words and action)
Actions and words all match up (Matt 5:33-37).
Serving our community and each other (community culture)
Biblical basis, encouragement, respect, excellence, generous, prayerful, accepting/integrating.
Teaching all to be disciples of Christ, (servant leadership)
A willingness to serve is the foundation for leadership
(Deut 10:12-13, 11:13; Gal 5:13; Eph 6:7-8; 1 Peter 4:10, 5:2)
Continually developing leaders (1 Tim 4:7; Titus 2:1-15)
Growing together as a people who care (and developing resources)
Gifts and talents continually discovered and developed.
What we have - use. An opportunity to use gifts and learn by doing.
A culture that allows growth through failure.
Mentor, dialogue, encourage, don't stop.
OUR CORE VALUES
We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the head of our church, and submit ourselves to a life of faith and obedience under Christ’s saving Lordship. “. . faith working through love.” Galatians 5:6
(Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:8-10)
We believe in the integrity and authority of the Bible as the written word of God inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is our guidebook for daily living. We seek to understand and apply its truths in a way that ministers grace and urges obedience. (2 Timothy 3:16; James 1:23-25)
We believe that God hears and answers our personal as well as corporate prayers and requests for healing, help and guidance. Therefore we believe that prayer is foundational and so undergirds all of our ministries and activities.
(Matthew 7:7-11; James 5:13-18)
An Outward Focus
Responding to the saving grace of God we seek to honour Christ’s call, and to spread the good news about what he has done for us by sharing this truth with people who do not know him. As part of this response we are committed to meeting the physical and emotional needs of people in our local community and beyond.
(Matthew 28:19-20; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Luke 4:17-19; James 1:27)
Unconditional Love, Diversity and Inclusiveness
In response to God's unconditional love towards us, we care for others, showing love, acceptance and forgiveness; and we endeavour to be open, accessible and approachable, embracing all who are seeking God.
(John 13:34-35; Matthew 5:44; Colossians 3:12-14; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
Worship is a lifestyle that acknowledges God's supremacy in our personal lives as well as in our gatherings as a community of faith. Corporately we seek to be relevant and authentic, worshipping God in spirit and in truth.
(Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 100:1-5; John 4:23-24)
Christian Community and Ministering to One Another
We believe that this is the best place for people to grow in their faith, to exercise their gifts, to worship, to be cared for and to care for others. We seek to serve by being generous stewards of our gifts, time and money, and we seek to discover and use the Spiritual Gifts that God has entrusted to us to encourage and build up each other for the benefit of our community.
(Acts 2: 44-47; Ephesians 4:29-32; Hebrews 10:24-25)
We seek to be empowered by the Holy Spirit and enabled by the leaders of our community of faith as we participate in serving God. We embrace a leadership that is forward thinking, creative, and flexible, who through sound planning develop effective strategies which they clearly communicate to the people that they lead.
(Acts 6:2-5; Ephesians 4:11-13)