Our Aspirations Atmospheric - “Present the gospel in uncompromising terms, preach hard against sin, and tackle the most emotionally charged topics in culture, while providing an environment where un-churched people feel comfortable.” – Andy Stanley
“Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God. “ – Eugene Peterson
“13 and it was the duty of the trumpeters and singers to make themselves heard in unison in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord), and when the song was raised, with trumpets and cymbals and other musical instruments, in praise to the Lord, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” –2 Chronicles 5:13-14
We want to create an atmosphere where the Word of God is taught without fear and reservation but where people from all walks of life, backgrounds, situations and circumstances, beliefs and idealism's; feel comfortable and interested in hearing what we have to say.
X – Christ - “1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!” – Hebrews 12:1-3 (MSG)
“15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. – Colossians 1:15-20
“Jesus is the AXIS to which every aspect of the Christian life is anchored to and centrally focused on. The gospel therefore, is the only way to effectively inform and transform every aspect of our lives, individually and corporately.” – Ty Curry
We want to build a following of Jesus that is laser focused on growing themselves closer to Christ and in leading others to do the same. We want disciples making disciples. We desire to be true imitators of Jesus in every way. We want WWJD to become a vital and viral question that is not joked about but seriously asked in the midst of marriages, raising kids, struggles with finances, approaches to oppression, our work life, home life, school life, hobby life, etc. We want Christ to take center stage in everything.
Invested - “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—you’re sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” – Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)
“Any fear associated with giving to God's kingdom is irrational. It's on par with a farmer who, out of fear of losing his seed, refuses to plant his fields.” – Andy Stanley “As believers, we all have the responsibility to leverage our wealth for kingdom purposes.” – Andy Stanley
We want to lead people to becoming fully invested in their Christian faith and in the vision of the church. We also want them to learn how to invest in the lives of others through Christlikeness and generosity so that those we invest in will become curious about why we are the way we are. We want people to be so invested that they live a life that is completely counter-cultural.
Servant-led - “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” – Luke 22:26 (ESV)
“The difference (between ‘servant first’ and ‘leader first’ leadership styles) manifests itself in the care taken by the servant-first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served. The best test, and difficult to administer, is: Do those served grow as persons? Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in society? Will they benefit or at least not be further deprived?” – Robert K. Greenleaf (The Servant as Leader)
We desire to develop leaders who do not lord their position or title over others but instead elevate them above themselves. We want to raise up leaders who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and who are willing to go the extra mile without expectations. We want to be ourselves, as Jesus was, leaders who serve rather than be served. We recognize that it is only through this type of selfless service that lives are truly changed.