Who We Are and Who We are Becoming: Our Genetic Map
Who are we?
We are an open, welcoming, and compassionate church family pursuing a joyful relationship with Jesus Christ.
What are we called to do?
We bring ourselved and others into a vital faith and relationship with Jesus. We act on Christ's commission to share Good News to all people everywhere. As catalysts for transformation, we work to establish God's will now, in this time, and here, in this place, and in all our spheres of influence. We respond to God's Holy Spirit Who propels us outward toward others in love every day.
What are our important beliefs?
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and we accept him as Lord and Savior of the world.
Each one of us has the freedom - and responsibility - to study God's word, to follow their conscience as guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and to extend that freedom to others.
God's grace invites a response of faith and discipleship initiated by baptism.
Maturity in our faith is evidenced by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, benevolence, faithfulness, humility, and self-control.
By God's invitation, everyone who desires to draw closer to Jesus may partake in the Lord's Supper (also known as "communion") as often as possible.
We hear a special calling to make visible the unity of all Christians, proclaiming that in our diversity we belong to one another because we commonly belong to Christ.
Both ordained ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service and spiritual growth.
To serve God is to impact those in need in our local community, and to make familiar the strangers among us through life-giving relationships.
In all circumstances, we will be known by our faith-filled, optimistic, solution-oriented, and participatory attitude to each other, within our local community, and throughout the world in which we live.
As a Congregation:
We are Christ-led and congregationally governed.
We are the church every hour of every day, not just on Sundays mornings.
We are committed to the Christian education and spiritual development of our children and are mindful that there is not such things as "other people's children."
Our worship experience emphasizes substance - vitality, passion, creativity, authenticity, and vibrancy - over style.
The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship and is open to all.
We practice baptism by immersion, and recognize baptisms performed in other churches.
We are a congregatoni of the Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
What are our Guiding Principles?
So, how do we bring ourselves and others into a vital (life-giving) faith and relationship with Jesus Christ? By faithfully asking ourselves these questions to guide our every thought, decision, and action as a church community:
Are we open to the new that God is doing in us and in others?
Are we listening to the God who still speaks?
Are we looking for the places where the Spirit is establishing God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven?
Are we open to others and what God wants to show us through them?
Are we present to the vital faith God is growing in us so that we might be a source so vital faith for others?
Are we creating community for people to belong, live and learn?
Are we receiving others as God has received us?
Are we opening ourselves to others, risking vulnerability and authenticity?
Are we fostering a safe space where people can become friends?
Are we honoring and celebrating all the ways people are different?
Are we entering into the suffering and joy of others as God has entered ours?
Are we acting in life-giving ways and nurturing ways toward those in need?
Are we serving others in a way that leads to transformation for us and the ones we serve?
Are we responding to the hurt of others by acting in word and deed?
Are we giving ourselves for the healing and well-being of another who is suffering, marginalized or broken?