We believe church should be (in no particular order):
Inclusive– View our statement on inclusion here
Authentic– God doesn’t expect us to be perfect on our own. You are welcome (and encouraged) to be exactly who you really are here, and discover more of who God made you to be.
Accountable– We believe God made each individual as a unique image of God’s own self, and we are striving to see God’s own image renewed completely in ourselves and each person around us. That means sometimes we have to (lovingly) call each other out on where we are failing, and walk alongside one another as we grow. This is not based on or carried out in shaming or guilt, but through loving invitation to grow together.
Christ-Centered– We love Jesus. We believe he is God incarnate and came to earth as a part of God’s full plan for reconciliation and redemption. If you’re not so sure about that, you are definitely welcome here to learn, challenge, and explore. But we’re not going to pretend Jesus isn’t the center of our community and why we gather.
Intergenerational– As we believe each person is made in the image of God, that includes people of all ages! We think children grow in their faith best when they are actively included in the life of the church. That’s why our worship is designed to be accessible for kids of all ages and families are expected to participate together. That includes the more mature members of the family, whose bodies may not be as mobile, but who have wisdom to share. It can get a little awkward and crazy, but that’s the Kingdom of God for ya! Find out more about our approach to ministry with kids here.
We’ve got Biblical and theological grounding for all of these values, so let us know if you want to learn more.
We are a community of the United Methodist Church. Find out more about the basic beliefs of the Methodist Tradition at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe