We strive to be a fellowship where people are accepted as they are, where they belong and are connected to one another in deep relationship. We want to live as a family rather than an organization.
True encounter happens when we are honest and vulnerable with one another. That is scary. But each person longs to be known for who they truly are and to know others. To truly encounter one another takes real courage. We long to live in relationships where people encounter one another and God.
Education is life-long and wholistic. True learning cannot happen outside of real encounter and relationship. The best learning engages the mind, our emotions, our desires and our choices. It penetrates our hearts, our actions and our communities. True learning is more than knowledge. It is governed by love and guides us to become who we were created to be.
We believe that God truly transforms us as we encounter Him in community and learn to follow Him and are with Him. God longs to transform us on the inside—our hearts and character—so that we can bring change on the outside: our behaviors, our families, churches, schools, work, politics. Real transformation changes our identity.
Our Christian identity is at the heart of who we are as a community. What do we mean by “christian”? Two statements help capture the beliefs at the core of our Christian identity. One is ancient, the other modern. You can read them here:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
We believe in:
The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and his personal return in power and glory.
The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ.
The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.