Mission Statement Summary
God is love, and we strive to be the same. Surrounded by His grace, we seek to be a welcoming and hope-filled fellowship. The journey will have valleys and mountain tops, and we will walk, leap, and crawl together in love. We search for the whole truth. We have found His love to be overwhelming, and we invite you to be overwhelmed with us!
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
In 2013, we decided to adopt a statement of mission. After receiving input from those who had considered what was most important to include, a statement was drafted, revised, and adopted.
The purpose of creating such a document was to make known to ourselves what our central mission is. That way, when we may then move into the varied and diverse ministries that each person may pursue, we might have a little bit more light for where we may hope our journey will take us.
Put another way: Mission – why actions should be taken. Ministry – what actions should be taken.
In pursuit of grace and avoiding legalism, the mission statement exists as below; the ministry statement is, as it has been for quite some time, still in its raw form.
Full Mission Statement
This is the mission of this community of believers (hereforth refered to as ‘church’).
God’s Will, which is rooted in love, is our focus (1 John 4:19). His Will will be revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. (John 14:15-17) We have found the Holy Spirit to act through the study of scripture, prayer, and interactions with other people. The words of Jesus from scripture paint His Will vividly and completely in conjunction with the entirety of scripture. (John 12:49-50)
We must be discerning at all times. Our discernment must be from the entirety of scripture, and we share our understanding in self-less love.
(Galatians 3:22, Galations 5:13-15)
The church will prepare and train to do God’s Will by studying scripture, praying, and using the gifts we have been given. We all have fruit that is ready for the harvest and fruit that is not yet ripe. When we say ‘all’, we mean every person whom Jesus loves. (Mark 4: 14) We receive these gifts from God, and it is the work of the Holy Spirit that nurtures them.(Philippians 1:4-6) As helpers in the garden, we create an environment for the Holy Spirit to act. We strive to be an encouraging presence. This presence is not only prayer and words of encouragement, but also steps, leaps, and stumbles in faith taken together.
We strive to be a welcoming community. (John 4:21-24)
God loves all, and we strive to do the same.
God has hope for us all, and we strive to do the same.
God gives grace to all, and we strive to do the same. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, 1 Corinthians 13:13)
God’s love bears out judgement, for the Judge of all the earth does what is right. (Genesis 18:25)
We strive to be intercessors of Him, but are not his instruments of wrath. (John 18:11, Isaiah 2:4, Hebrews 12:14, Mark 12:17)
We will meet people where they are and extend this community wherever we go on the face of the earth. (Luke 17:20-21)