Core Values

Christ-Centered– in every aspect of church-life we desire to point others towards Christ,
believing that he is the only hope for the salvation of the world. (Rom 5:8, 1Pet1:3)

Love– We believe that the defining characteristic of a Christian’s life is love. Loving
relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. Our primary purpose is to
love God and love one another. (Luke 10:27)

Biblical Teaching– We are committed to clear and accurate communication of God’s
Word in a way that ministers grace and urges obedience. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Authentic Worship– Worship is a full-life response to the greatness and the grace of
God. We believe that people are transformed as they are ushered into the presence
of God and called to respond to Him in worship. Our mission as a church (and as
individual believers) must flow out of worship. (John 4:23-24)

Prayer– We believe that God desires his people to pray and that He hears and answers
prayer. All ministries of the church will be characterized by a reliance on prayer in their
conception, planning, and execution. We believe in the power of healing prayer- that
the Holy Spirit can heal and restore people from wounds of the past and break the
power of generational bondage to sin. (Jer 33:3, Psalm 50:15)

Discipleship– We believed that Christians should be in the process of being transformed
into the likeness of Christ in all areas of life- including relationships, finances, attitudes,
work, and habits. (Romans 12:2)

Evangelism– We believe that God desires all people to be saved. Therefore we are
committed to reaching out to the lost in our community and around the world with the
love of Christ and the message of the gospel. (Matt 28:18-20)

Strong Families– We believe God desires to rebuild family structures in the inner-city
and that families are a key building block of healthy communities. (Gen 2:24, Gen 2:18))

Distinctive Values

Cultural Relevance– We believe that God’s love and truth should be communicated in
such a way that is easily understood by our neighbors. We desire to build a church that
reflects the culture of the people in the neighborhood. (1 Cor 9:19-23)

Community– We believe that the gospel is communicated through relationships- not
just in worship services, but in living life together. Therefore our focus will be the
neighborhood in which we live. We desire to see our neighborhood transformed for the
glory of God. (1 Thes. 2:8, Acts 2:41-47)

Multi Cultural Congregation– We believe that God has called all believers to “oneness”
in Him, regardless of race, class, gender, and other differences. We desire our church
to reflect the diversity of the neighborhood it is located in. We desire to be intentional
about racial reconciliation. (John 17:21, Col 3:11)

Every Member a Minister– We believe that every Christian is called to use their gifts and
talents to build the kingdom. The church has a responsibility to equip all believers to
minister. Members of the church are not to be merely attendees, but are expected to
join in the ministry of the church. (Eph 4:12)

Holistic Ministry– It is our hope to see people restored, not only spiritually, but in all
aspects of life. We believe God cares about the physical and emotional well-being of all
people. Therefore we will seek creative ministry opportunities to alleviate poverty and
suffering. (Isaiah 58:12, Matt 25:37)

Statement of Faith

Nicene Creed (325 A.D.)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the
Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our
salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became
incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right
hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his
kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father
and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has
spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We
acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the
dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

*For the sake of unity, we chose the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith. It is the fullest and oldest explanation of the Christian faith and the most widely accepted by orthodox Christians.