CONNECT

WorshipConnecting with God—We believe that God created man "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27). Our primary purpose is to reflect the image and likeness of God to the world around us. However, because of sin, that reflection is broken and imperfect. The only way that we can fulfill this purpose and experience a restored personal relationship with our heavenly Father is by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Only then will we be free to proclaim God’s glory and express our love for Him. We call this worship.

FellowshipConnecting with God’s Family—When God created man, He saw that it was "not good for the man to be alone" (Genesis 2:18). We are designed with the intrinsic need for relationships. Throughout history, God has chosen to reveal Himself to and work through com-munities of people fully committed to Him. Today, He works in and through the Body of Christ, His Church. The Church is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds, personalities, and gifts. It is God’s desire for each of His children to be connected to a local com-munity of believers in Jesus Christ. We call this fellowship.
 
 
GROW
 
DiscipleshipGrowing in Christ—Just as a healthy human child grows and develops into adulthood, a child of God must naturally grow in their knowledge and understanding of Jesus Christ and mature in their faith. The result of this growth is both personal and corporate. The catalyst for spiritual growth is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the individual and through the Church. As a believer grows, his result-ing involvement in the life of the Church produces maturity in the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:14-16). We call this process discipleship.
 
 
LIVE

MinistryLiving through Service—One of the primary indicators of spiritual growth is the exercise of one’s talents and gifts through ser-vice within the Church. God has uniquely gifted each believer to fulfill a particular role in the Body of Christ. Ministry to the Body helps it to grow and function as God intended (Ephesians 4:11-13). Jesus Christ is our ultimate example of servanthood. As He washed His disciples’ feet, He instructed them to "do as I have done for you" (John 13:15). We believe that God has called each of His children to service.

MissionLiving through Mission—As Jesus was preparing to return to His Father in heaven, He gave His followers one final command, to "make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). This command is the spiritual equivalent of God’s command to Adam to "fill the earth" (Genesis 1:28). As disciples of Jesus Christ, it is our privilege and obligation to share the love of God with the world around us. We do this by commu-nicating the good news of Christ both in word and, most importantly, through the way we live our lives. Jesus said to His followers, "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16). We call this living the mission.
 

How Can I Practically Apply These Core Values?

Connect—Commit to attend regular worship services and support the ministries of the church through faithful giving.

Grow—Commit to a small group study or Sunday School class. "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).

Live—Commit to exercising your gifts by finding an area of ministry within the church and serving faithfully.