What Kind of Church

We are a multi-denominational church seeking to faithfully embody the life and mission of Jesus Christ in our neighborhood, city, and world.  Our church is a local expression of the universal body of Christ.  We communicate this by being a rooted, adopted, catholic, reforming, and evangelical church. 

We are a ROOTED church. 
 The life and 2000 year history of the Christian community is rooted in and held together by Jesus.  Who we are today is connected to who we have been.  We learn from our roots so we can walk faithfully here and now.  “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” Colossians 2:6-7.  

We are an ADOPTED church.
  We are adopted into the rich family of faith that God began forming with Abraham and stewarded through the people of Israel.  We are here because God has chosen to restore His creation through one family, which he promised would expand to incorporate all nations. 

We are a CATHOLIC church.
  The word catholic simply means universal.  Scripture teaches us that we are universally united by God’s Spirit to followers of Jesus everywhere.  Disciples of Jesus are incorporated into an international community of God, which overcomes national, denominational, racial, economic, generational, and gender barriers through the redemptive work of Jesus.  We celebrate, honor, and reclaim the reality of God’s united family by our love for one another.  Love is the Church’s most powerful witness of God’s promise to restore the world.  

We are a REFORMING church.  We carry forward the conviction that God’s salvation is a gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Allegiance to Jesus is enlistment in God’s restoration project.  Every believer is empowered, gifted and filled by the very spirit of God to be a serving and healing minister to a broken world.  To be a church, is to belong to God’s revolutionary movement reclaiming the world.  Therefore, we submit our traditions to be judged, reformed, and healed by the Word of God.  We expect and embrace change because we are continually being transformed into greater likeness to Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We are an EVANGELICAL church.

  We are a people being formed by and giving witness to God’s good news.  Evangelion is the Greek word meaning good news.  We carry forward our evangelical heritage by living under the authority of God entrusted through the living and active scriptures of the Bible and by fulfilling our mandate to be witnesses of God’s new creation to all people, everywhere.  We believe that God is restoring our relationship with Him, ourselves, others and creation through Jesus.  We believe this is good news not only for followers of Jesus, but is good news for the entire world.