To connect people with the love of God we believe that they will need to encounter Him as
a reality they can taste (Jeremiah 2:13; John 6:33; John 4:10) and see (Psalm
34:8; Ephesians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 4:18).
When we speak of the
heart, we are referring to the living, internal part of us that can know and
experience God personally (Ephesians 1:18). The heart is where true
change takes place (Matthew 12:34).
Some shy away from
this journey because...
It is harder to define than a schedule or a principle.
It is mystery. We are pursuing what we can neither see nor fully
understand. (Colossians 3:1-3)
Some feel this is just an emotional approach. That is not the
case; it is a spiritual approach.
Some of the necessary pieces of a heart-oriented church:
Biblical teaching that addresses Christianity at that level.
Worship that engages the heart. It should be creative, eclectic,
authentic, and reflective.
Grace. It should be a place where we don't feel high pressure to
perform but where we can be vulnerable in our walk with God. Brokenness is a
vital characteristic in learning to live with God from the heart.
Authentic community groups where we can feel safe and shed our
masks so that we can help one another on our journey of discipleship.
The practice of spiritual disciplines, which are essential for
We will seek to embrace authentic Christian Community.
Christian community is foundational to our capacity to serve and grow. We were made to
need one another (Hebrews 10:25). We must create an environment in which each individual
Christian finds safety, personal relationships, and the chance to share spiritual
experiences with others. In this culture, there must be a healthy balance between
deepening relationships and challenging spiritual growth. Moreover, the larger a
church becomes, the more decisive is the role played by intentional, community-oriented
ministry in the life of the whole church.
We will seek to emulate Jesus in providing a creative ministry.
God is the Creator, and He produces in each of us a unique and personal design
(Psalm 139). As the people of God embrace the arts and produce various expressions
of worship from their unique gifts and creativity, God is glorified and mightily
present in their midst.
We live in an age when the generations we are called to reach need more than
just proposition in our presentation of the Gospel. Jesus understood this. He used
pictures and stories in a powerful manner. "A sower went out to sow some seed..."
"A man fell into the hands of robbers..." "Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and
loses one..." "There were ten virgins with ten lamps." He used examples (children
sitting on his lap) to send penetrating messages. He used objects (a dead tree) to
drive home his point. These were not children's stories or object lessons but
metaphors presenting transcendent and eternal truths. So the question becomes,
"How can we tell the Story?" What media, what artistic expressions are at our
disposal to engage the hearts and minds of believers and non-believers alike?
There are many options, including video, art, drama, dance, and music.
It is the gospel that entices, not the evangelical subculture of any given era.
We can become so complacent in our safe Christian world that we lose track of
what is going on in the hearts and minds of the secular culture and how that
culture views us.
There is no power in the wineskin, only in the wine. Sometimes we need to
provide new skins so that lost people can drink.
The irony is that old and discarded wineskins often make a comeback as new
and fresh. In Gen-X churches today, for example, elements such as candles, incense,
and silence are growing in popularity.
Therefore, our worship expression and ministries need to be creative, relevant,
and enticing to the world in real time. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
We will seek to reach excellence in all
we do in our ministry, focusing not on high performance but on doing the
best we can with what we have.
We believe that excellence honors God and inspires people. (Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14;
Proverbs 27:17) Excellence here refers not to performance or entertainment but, rather,
to a giving of our first fruits, our very best, to God.
When we serve the church, we should do so at the highest level. Our ministries,
too, should be done at a high level. Our leaders should serve at a high level of
excellence. Excellence demands that we evaluate and provide critical review of the
work we are doing.
We will seek as a church to operate as a unified community
of servants all stewarding their spiritual gifts.
The church is designed to be a beautiful, functioning bodily system that will
support the members of the body and show the beauty of Christ outside the body through service.
This system was brilliantly designed by God when He gave each of us a role and
placed in us the capacity (gifting) to do it. It is vital that we help Christians
discover their spiritual gifts and encourage them to use them.
We believe that loving relationships should
permeate every aspect of church life.
Structures (organization, programs, and ministries) are the means that a church
employs to fulfill its mandated mission. There is no theological or spiritual
value in church structures apart from the contributions they make to the living
work of God's Spirit.
It is important, therefore, that we not "sacredize" structures; they should
serve us, not control us. For this to take place, there must be a fluid attitude
toward structures. In other words, there must always be willingness to change and adapt.
We believe that the church is led by gifted men and women.
The pastor should have the gift of leadership. He should have a vision and the
capacity to call people to that vision while motivating them to use their spiritual
gifts to carry out God's purpose. Likewise, every major ministry of the church should
be led by a servant who has leadership gifts. When ministry is led by those who lack
those gifts, critical momentum can be lost. (Acts 6:2-5)
9:30-10:15 AM - Nursery, Kingdom Kids, and Adult Sunday School
10:30-11:30 AM - Nursery, Kingdom Kids, and Worship Service
6:45-8:15 PM - Youth Group (Senior and Junior High)