Culture is about who we seek to be and what we value most. Our culture is a pathway: Belong // Believe // Become.
We aspire to a life-giving culture that reflects the heart of God for His people. Jesus said”I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” [John 10:10 | The Message]. We believe in the full spectrum of personality and emotion and are not afraid to acknowledge the seasons of life and the kaleidoscope of human emotion we experience during our lives. In fact, we believe sustainable wholeness and health comes from being real and authentic and allowing Jesus to instruct us, heal us, guide us, teach us and help us. While we are mostly adventuresome, positive, faith-filled, fun-loving life junkies, we are also real and not immune to the seasons and circumstances of life. The Word tells us the rain falls on the just and the unjust, the righteous and the wicked (Matthew 5:45). In the Bible we learn Jesus wept, He laughed, He rejoiced, He mourned, He persevered, He became weary, He withdrew, He led with inspiration, He knew joy and sorrow, healing and suffering. He knew the divine and miraculous and He knew pain and anguish of heart. He knew faith and He experienced doubt (“My God, why have you forsaken me?” Mark 15:34). We are real. Real gets messy. So we are people of faith and reverent fear, joy and reflection, discipline and freedom. Mercy, grace, peace, hope and love are important to us. We make mistakes. We fail. We get back up.
In the midst of the real, the culture that resonates within us and we aspire to, regardless of the season or circumstance is hallmarked by
prayer // sanctification // courage // joy // servanthood // simplicity // authenticity // unity // diversity // faithfulness // fellowship // forgiveness // uniqueness // brotherhood // sisterhood // fun // family // friendship // devotion // freedom // honour // celebration // truth // discipleship // devotion // revelation // redemption // valour // liberty // justice // learning // inspiration // creativity // worship // life // colour // declaration // proclamation // hospitality // laughter // contentment // peace // strength // honour // perseverance // humility // compassion // kindness // encouragement // communion // thankfulness // steadfastness // maturity // authority // resilience // mercy // grace // hope // faith // love //
These words are at the heart of our House and represent the spiritual DNA of what we value most as a church. They are the banner over us that give expression to who we are and all we seek to be. We haven’t arrived yet. But we are ardent in our resolve to stay the path and to pursue these values in our higher pursuit of knowing Jesus and following Him. This is our everyday revelation like the apostle Paul spoke of in the Bible “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back” Philippians 3:12-14 [The Message].
We are expansive by nature, not exclusive. Everyone is welcome just as they are.