We see a church empowered by the Holy Spirit and directed by the Word of God, a church equipped to navigate the powerful crosswinds of our post-Christian culture while remaining faithful to the faith.
We see a church moving forward on its knees, facing mountain-sized problems with mountain-moving faith in the promises of God; a faith that acts courageously, that breaks the status quo and moves beyond what is comfortable in order to do what is humanly impossible for the glory of God.
We see each member treasuring Jesus Christ supremely, pursuing the knowledge of Christ personally and privately through regular, focused time in the Word and prayer; we see our church undistracted by our digital age and letting go of the American dream; we see a transformation of values and priorities that reflects those of the kingdom of God.
We see a church eager, joyful, and faithful in gathering for corporate worship, insistent that the gospel be at the center of our praying, singing, and giving; we see a church interpreting every topic and text in light of the Story of Scripture and refusing to settle for anything less than the preaching of Jesus Christ crucified and risen again.
We see a church alive and ablaze with the presence of God; it is our dream that believers and unbelievers alike would encounter Him in our presence and be able to see the glorious Person and work of Christ on display with high-definition clarity in everything we do and say.
We see members who have Jesus’ heart of compassion for sinners; not standing over them as judge, but sitting with them as friend; not in isolation from them in fear, but in close proximity to them in love.
We see a church present and active in the community, initiating and building close, meaningful, redemptive relationships with its people through creative involvement in various events and organizations, making a real difference and leaving a lasting legacy of gospel love.
It is our dream that everyone in our surrounding neighborhood would know that we exist, that we care, and that Jesus saves!
We see a church with open doors and open arms, welcoming all who come just as they are–no matter what their age, appearance, ethnicity, color, class, religion, or national origin. We dream of being a hospital for the sin-sick, ministering to all no matter their malady so they can know the Great Physician and experience his healing touch.
We see each member with a heart for the unreached people of the world, willing to take risks and forsake all to reclaim the lost for Christ no matter where they live—across the street or across the world.
We see a church made up of people who think of themselves as servants of Jesus and others, not as masters; who gather with a mindset to give not get; who are humble, Spirit-empowered contributors not self-righteous performers or self-centered consumers.
We see compassionate, others-oriented members alert to spiritual needs and eager to help bear burdens—deeply aware of and motivated by their own experience of Jesus’ cross-shaped, foot-washing love.
We see a church with its eyes open, heart engaged, feet moving toward the need, hands open and reaching out, embracing the risk, mess, and sacrifice of helping others.
We see members moving outside their personal comfort zone, willing to let God stretch their definition of “neighbor” to match His; these are mercy-motivated, sober-minded people who welcome God-given diversity within the Body of Christ; and who serve without partiality.
We see a church where believers are growing in the gospel; where members preach the good news to themselves and each other every day, identifying with delight as “God’s own” and resting in the fact that their standing with God is based on their union with Christ not their personal standards and performance; they understand that what they do is based on who they are, and not the other way around.
We see our church as a construction zone where people are built up by God and one another; where the primary focus is cultivating Christlike character within community not building buildings and running programs. We envision a church pushing back against the frenetic pace of contemporary life in order to pursue a highly-prized, ever-growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to develop loving, Word-centered, inter-generational relationships with one another.
We see our church as an equipping center, a place where gifted believers help other believers identify and cultivate their spiritual gifts for the benefit of others. We see each member serving at full capacity by the grace of God and for the glory of God, no matter the nature or extent of their giftedness. We see believers at every level of church life developed strategically as leaders, having spiritual impact within their respective spheres of influence.
We see a church which measures its growth primarily by its sending capacity not its seating capacity. It is our dream to reproduce ourselves; to mentor and train those called and gifted for pastoral ministry, church planting, and missions within the context of our church for the purpose of thrusting them out into the ripe and ready harvest fields of the world with the faithful and sacrificial support of our own resources.
We see a church of the greatest possible diversity unified in the one gospel of Jesus Christ; we envision a church that values unity over uniformity and has enough spiritual bandwidth to welcome other believers who span the spectrum ethnically, economically, generationally, and affiliationally; we see a church refusing to quarrel and separate over opinions and debatable matters; these are mature believers passionate about advancing the gospel not their agendas; willing to put down their personal preferences in order to build up believers and lift up the Savior.