These three core values help define us. They are our "DNA". We are committed to uphold & protect them.
We strive to first create and build community–not as a place per se, but as a group of interacting disciples who share interpersonal relationships, a sense of belonging, and an orientation of life to a common goal and common witness. It is our belief that this is how Jesus began his ministry that ended up changing the world forever for the better. So, after his example we seek to build this community amongst ourselves so that our ministry can also look like Jesus. Therefore, you won't see us promoting gimmicks or other clever ways to get people to come to events or worship services. Why? Because authentic community is built around relationships, and relationships are not built around events and worship services. Read more about community here.
Once community is formed, the discipleship process can begin. We understand discipleship to be a process of helping a person move from being a fan of Jesus, to one who desires to learn & emulate his ways, eventually becoming an eikon of Jesus (a person who exudes the image of Jesus). Just as an apprentice has a goal to be like his or her teacher, the goal of a disciple is to be like Jesus in word, thought, and deed. While humans will never attain the perfection of Jesus, we are called to be faithful in the pursuit of that perfection (see Matthew 5:48). Eikons of Jesus are to lead others to become disciples and repeat the process. Read more about discipleship here.
We define mission as our task and duty, assigned by Jesus to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom through word and deed. Disciples of Jesus are given the Holy Spirit to live inside them to lead them to do the work of God. Each day–if we are faithful to listen attentively–the Spirit will prompt us to share the Gospel of the Kingdom with others. We will be given opportunities to bring the Kingdom of God to others right where they are, fulfilling the prayer of Jesus for his Kingdom to come and for his will to be done here on earth in the same way that he wills it in heaven (see Matthew 6:10). As such, we seek to teach and train our community to live on mission each and every day. Read more about mission here.