As we follow Jesus, we understand that who we are ultimately determines what we do. Therefore our identity is the key to our mission. The following describes our identity and will help you to get to know us a little better as we endeavor to partner with Jesus in the extension of God’s Kingdom in our lives, our city and our world.
WE ARE A MISSIONAL COMMUNITY
We are a people who are about the movement and mission of God through our church and in our lives, not the maintenance of ministries and programs. Therefore, we exist for those outside the church; we don’t do church on Sunday, we are the church 24-7; and we individually embrace the identity of a missionary in our context.
WE ARE A COMPASSIONATE COMMUNITY
We are a people who embrace the heart of God for both the physically and spiritually poor, marginalized and rejected. We are called to accept people as Christ accepted us despite our failures instead of rejecting people because of their failures. Therefore, we are a safe community in which people are accepted and can embrace a journey toward a relationship with Jesus regardless of their past or present failures and struggles; we continually embrace a mission and location that welcomes, cares for and befriends the poor; and we seek to be an active advocate for those struggling to find spiritual and physical wholeness.
WE ARE A RELATIONAL COMMUNITY
We are a people who are about intentionally connecting with each other and those outside the church and God’s Kingdom. Relationships are the conduit for God’s Kingdom in our lives and the lives of others. We choose to embrace community instead of isolation. Therefore, we seek to establish relationships with all people both believer and non-believer; we seek to maintain healthy, right relationships at all costs; and we seek to live out our faith in a relational context.
WE ARE AN AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY
We are a people who are about being real, true and honest about who we are on the inside and outside…our victories & failures, strengths & weaknesses and our sin…we are not playing or doing church. We are not about playing the role of the hypocrite, pretending to be something we are not, but embracing who we are today and who God is calling us to become. Therefore, we refuse to live on the surface, but strive to go deep into the true health Jesus has purchased for us on the cross; we refuse to live in anonymity in the shadows, but embrace a life in the light that risks being known; and we approach all aspects of our faith, ministry and mission honestly, without manipulation.