Model

The heartbeat of our church is to align ourselves as closely as possible with who God has called His

people to be. While we believe that Scripture does not prescribe a specific model for how to “do”

church, it does show us what it looks like to be the church and provides us with specific commands for

living that out. With God’s Word as our guide, we are pursuing a structure, function, and life that

accurately represents God’s heart and intention for His Church.

Our vision is to be a healthy church that is intentionally led by the Holy Spirit, committed to Biblical

community, and on mission to make God known in this world. This means that we will strive to be a

church that:

1) Prioritizes the health of the body over numerical growth and incarnational living over

attractional methods to reach people. We will explicitly depend on the Holy Spirit to lead us as

individuals and as a body to make this a reality.

2) Practices being real in our brokenness, vulnerable in our growth, and committed to life

together. In this way we will model Christian maturity and disciple our members.

3) Projects a true reflection of Jesus in our sphere of influence as we love the body and our local

community.

With this vision in mind, our church will seek to live out 3 Biblical identities.

 

 
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Body

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Bride

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Branches

 

The Body of Christ

Where We Embrace as Family

(Romans 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12-27)

As the body of Christ, we are a community of people who belong to Jesus, who is our head (authority and leaders). Together with each other we are members of the body, empowered by the Holy Spirit with spiritual gifts for the building up of the body (Eph. 4:11-13). We were never designed to be consumers of a weekly service produced by a few gifted individuals. Instead, we have been called out to be total participants in the community of God’s people who are devoted to Jesus and the shared life of the body through selfless love (John 13:34-35, 15:9-17; 1 John 3:11-18; Romans 12:9-16), unity (John 17), generosity (Acts 3:32-35),service (1 Peter 4:10-11) and life together (Acts 2:42-47).

We will live out this identity by prioritizing shared community as the primary context of our faith.

 

We believe that life in community is most effectively lived out and experienced in groups of 20-30 people. That being said, our church will consist of multiple communities that meet in homes on a weekly basis (Sundays) to participate in worship, teaching, communion, prayer, fellowship and local outreach. Each community will passionately pursue shared life, neighboring, and multiplication while being led by a trained and qualified elder/deacon.

Check out our Call to Community - as a community we are committed to life together in this way.

 

The Bride of Christ

Where We Exalt God

(Eph. 5:25-32; Rev. 19:7-9)

As the bride of Christ, we have been joined to Jesus – the husband and head of the church who pursues His bride in selfless, sacrificial love and care. Our corporate gatherings were never meant to reflect the preferences, opinions, priorities or expectations of a world that does not know God. Instead, we have been called out together and dedicated to the Lord in order to adore, celebrate, proclaim and worship God alone. Therefore, we are committed to joining together as one church in order to exalt God as we await the glorious return of Jesus.

We will live out this identity by bringing the greater church body together for a worship celebration once a month. At the beginning or end of each month, we will rent a space large enough for our entire church (the multiple community groups) to gather, and in this context, we will join together for a time of passionate worship through song, expository preaching, intentional prayer, and sending out.

The Branches of Christ

Where We Engage our Neighbor

(John 15:1-8)

As branches growing out from the vine, which is Jesus, we have been called to engage the world by living as an extension of Jesus to our neighbors. Rather than simply inviting people to come and see, we long to be a church of equipped believers who are committed to living in this world as a true reflection of Jesus in every sphere of life. 

We will live out this identity by engaging our communities through intentional neighboring. Following Jesus’ example of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) and living in response to the question, “what would Jesus do?”, we will strive to be Spirit-led ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor. 5:17-20) to the surrounding world as we share the Gospel, love our neighbors, serve our community, and invest in global missions. Alongside weekly gatherings, each community will regularly participate together in practical, local outreach to their neighborhood and community.

 

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