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Our Identity

We are a Disciple-Making Community
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In the first century, we read about a movement called “The Way” that began as the message of the Gospel went viral, with the disciples of Jesus spreading the good news of God’s kingdom throughout the Roman Empire. In obedience to Jesus’ final command to make disciples, the birthing of the early church led to people being added to and growing in the faith daily. The Gospel was alive, and its message being spread, all because a group of Jesus followers dared to live boldly in response to their convictions and beliefs.

Throughout the Book of Acts, we’re given glimpses into the daily lives of this early church. What we don’t see is a group of people coming together briefly once a week to sing a few songs and hear a quick message, before returning to their own busy lives. Instead, what we witness is a group of people who join together as one community, equipping and building each other up towards maturity in their faith.

Our vision is to become a modern embodiment of this early church described in Acts. As we gather together, we believe the ultimate purpose of the church is to equip and inspire believers to intentionally live each day according to Scripture, empowering each other to become fully devoted disciples of Christ.

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Our Ethos

The Four Cornerstones of Our Community

Love God. Our first call as Christians is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. That means we’re to offer our whole lives to God, being eager to pursue the truth and knowledge of the God we worship. We worship what we treasure, what we value most. So if God is calling you to come on mission with us, He’s calling you first and foremost to be a worshiper of Christ.

Love People. To love others, we first must love God more than we love them. Jesus said the second greatest commandment is like the first: if we love God with all our heart, we will love our neighbor as ourselves. If God is not the love of our lives, there is no way that we will truly love our neighbors as ourselves. But if we truly have the first, the second will naturally follow.

Get Trained. We believe every Christian is called to be a minister of the Gospel, so we must all pursue training and discipline to be an effective minister. We value the process of discipleship – learning how to reflect the character of Christ more and more each day – so we can put what we know about Him into practice for the building up and edification of the Church.

Make Disciples. To make disciples literally means “to make learners.” We see what it means to make disciples from The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18–20 and in Acts 1:8. We must live on mission personally in order to make much of Christ and bring Him glory. We are all called to make disciples, and it is our desire to complete the task that God has given the Church.

#NotReligion

We don’t believe the Bible is a book about religion. We believe it’s so much more than that.
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For us, church isn’t a place we go. It’s what we become, as we join together as a community that’s seeking how to follow Christ in our culture. Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a way of life. In response to this belief, we’ve adopted a non-traditional church structure that emphasizes four distinct values that describe the “church” in Scripture: Love, Mission, Training, and Gathering.

Our Values

Love

Above all else, the church is called to love. We are to love God first, and people second. Jesus said that “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35). But if we’re being honest, we often barely even know the people in our churches, much less display this supernatural type of love. Because the truth is that it’s far easier to invite someone to a church service with a gifted speaker, a rocking band, a great children’s or youth program, and a comfortable venue, than it is to actually care for and love that person. In order to show that Christ-like type of love, it requires real sacrifice and dependence on His Spirit daily.

Scripture makes clear that every person’s needs should be cared for (Acts 4:32-34), with the church taking it upon itself to care for its members. This is a kind of love that points people to Jesus.

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Mission

As followers of Christ, we are called to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). But how often is this viewed as only the pastor’s job? Rather than tell friends about Jesus, we’ll invite them to church so the pastor can do it for us. Yet, the Bible never says this is the job of the pastor – it’s the mission of every follower of Christ.

The reality is that we all spend our days in the mission field: our schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, coffee shops, or wherever else we spend our time. So when we gather together, the mission of the church is to equip its members for the daily mission field, empowering each other through prayer for wisdom and boldness. Scripture promises us that while persecution and suffering will come as we share the gospel (2 Timothy 3:12-13), we can stand firm together in one spirit and one mind (Philippians 1:27-30).

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Training

During his earthly ministry, Jesus issued only one invitation – to be his disciple. Jesus said that, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” To be a disciple literally means to be a “learner.” It means learning daily to become more and more like Christ. Jesus himself had twelve disciples who were learning from their master, and Paul also called the believers in his care to grow up into the full maturity of faith in Christ (Ephesians 4:13).

Yet, it’s often all too easy to attend a church for years without ever being equipped to serve and live out the call of a disciple. As consumers of church, we come in, get filled up by the worship and message, with our only option being to come back week after week to get filled up again and again. However, if all we ever do is consume, how do we ourselves ever become fishers of men? (Matthew 4:19).

We believe that in a smaller church setting, people are more willing to build up the body using their particular gifts for the benefit of others (1 Corinthians 12:7-31). New leaders are continually being trained by the current leaders in the specific theological and practical concepts necessary to lead God’s church.

Just as children are expected to grow up and move out of the home, all members are being prepared to be able to stand on their own (Hebrews 5:11-14).

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Gathering

In Acts 2:42, we’re given a glimpse into the daily lives of the early New Testament Church. What we see is four basic principles, or cornerstones, that they devoted themselves to: teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayer. Just as those early Christians formed around these four cornerstones while seeking to live out the purpose and mission of Jesus, we desire to do the same. As we look to their example, there’s no indication of anything flashy or glamorous—just a focus on the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Ultimately, the early Church displayed a simple quality often missing in our modern gatherings: Simplicity. While there’s nothing wrong with having a perfectly EQ’d sound system, a comfortable building, a talented worship band, and an engaging speaker, it’s easy to become dependent on any one of these things. You may even skip a worship gathering if you know your favorite band or speaker won’t be there. But when you have a simple dependence on Christ alone, everything else fades in comparison. Our desire is to desire Christ above all else.

Our Structure

We’ve adopted a non-traditional church structure that emphasizes four distinct values that describe the “church” in Scripture.
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Through focusing on these values of love, mission, training, and gathering, our vision is to be a community of people who don’t merely believe in the existence of an historical figure, with that belief having no practical impact on our lives; rather, we desire to see that belief lead to lives that are transformed by the power of Christ’s Spirit working within us.

In order to maintain that focus, we’ve decided to adopt a non-traditional approach to “doing church.” This means that in many ways, our church structure looks little like the institutionalized church, or even the traditional new church plant. All pastors and leaders are unpaid, with all tithes and offerings instead being set aside to be used for local missions and needs within our church community. Since there is limited rent to pay, no staff salaries, and the tithes and offerings aren’t used to run a traditional church, this structure means that the church effectively costs no money to maintain. As such, we can remain focused on our core mission – the spiritual growth of our members – without worrying about “numbers” or the financial considerations that can often sidetrack the modern church.

The structure of our gatherings is also far from traditional. If you’re looking to sit in a pew for an hour, sing a few songs, and listen to a sermon to get your “God-fix” for the week before returning to everyday life – our church may not be for you. But if you want to gather with friends while drinking coffee and praying for each other, listening to challenging teaching and afterwards discussing how it can actually be applied to your life, and ultimately get trained and equipped as a true disciple of Christ – then we believe our REVERENT disciple-making community will resonate with you.

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