A community where all kinds of people are becoming like Jesus by growing closer to God, growing deeper in His family, and growing louder in His world.
“all kinds of people” - We are a place where anyone seeking to grow in a relationship with Jesus is welcome. Regardless of age, economic status, race, religious background, or any other designation, we will offer people the opportunity to grow in a relationship with Jesus and become like him.
“becoming like Jesus” - God’s goal for every one of his children is to become like Jesus. As C.S. Lewis said, “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw people into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.” Becoming like Jesus means patterning our lives after his.
“growing closer to God” - The basis of Jesus’ work and action was a dynamic relationship with his Father. This foundation gave strength and effectiveness to Jesus’ life and ministry. We become like Jesus by deepening our relationship with God. This happens corporately through worship and privately through spiritual disciplines.
“growing deeper in His family” - Jesus chose not to do life by himself. He chose community and family. Jesus invested heavily in the people and relationships around him. To become like Jesus means being deeply connected in God’s family. This goes beyond worshipping together on Sunday (although it certainly starts there). It means spending time together in formal and informal settings. Being together is a natural part of our church family.
“growing louder in His world” - The central message of Jesus to the world was that the kingdom of God was coming. Our job in becoming like him is to continue announcing that kingdom to the world around us. We want to announce it as loudly as possible. We do this through actions that demonstrate God’s kingdom - feeding the hungry, being present to the lonely, etc. We also do it through sharing the grace of Jesus with people who need a relationship with him. In all these ways we turn up the volume on the message of God’s grace and kingdom.