We deeply value the story of God’s love for
the world revealed to us in Jesus Christ. The things Jesus said and did provide
the framework for our thinking and behaving. Our love for Jesus and his kingdom
motivates us to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.
We value and affirm the Bible as our
authority for Christian belief, identity and practice. Although it is an
ancient book, we believe the Bible is deeply relevant to our lives and world
Heart-felt and thankful worship is our response
to God’s grace. Worship is a lifestyle, which prioritizes God.
Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we seek
to respond to human need with compassion. Our love for others is expressed in practical
action and support.
Life with God is an exhilarating journey. We
partner with God in God’s vision for the world, which involves the coming of
the kingdom of heaven to earth. We want to have current stories to tell of God
doing the impossible and maintain a hopeful expectation regarding the future.
God never intended for us to live
independently; we were created for community. Being family means we desire to
be a multi-generational church, which respects all ages with an emphasis on
creating a place for the next generation to flourish.
We are real people with real problems.
Thankfully, God’s love and acceptance of us is not based upon our performance
but God’s goodness and grace. We acknowledge that we are all a work in
progress, and it’s ok for others to see the messiness of our lives.
Whilst acknowledging we are a work in
progress, we are also undergoing the process of life transformation. We are
gradually being conformed to the likeness of Jesus through the work of the Holy
Spirit in our lives; our response to suffering; training; and engaging in
We acknowledge the dignity, equality and
inherent worth of all persons regardless of gender, race, economic standing or
belief system. Therefore, we work for social justice, and equal opportunity for
all persons. We also acknowledge that justice includes the responsible care and
management of the earth and its resources.
We appreciate the unique contribution of
each individual, and we are committed to equipping and releasing people to
participate in ministry and mission on the basis of their giftedness and
capacity. We understand that some people in the church are uniquely called by
God and possess the gift of leadership, which is given to direct the church and
to serve and empower others.
We are made in the image and likeness of the
Creator God, who does all things well. We therefore value creative expression
and the pursuit of excellence, which honours and reflects God.
We honour the rich diversity of Christian
understanding, belief and experience and value community and collaboration with
all those who acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We seek to promote unity
in the wider church and are committed to the ultimate ideal of visible unity.
We value the importance of understanding and
engaging effectively with our ministry context, whilst faithfully living out
our unique call to be the people of God.
We see the wise stewardship of our finances
and resources, good management practices, strategic planning, intentionality,
organizational structure, policies, procedures, evaluation and compliance as
essential to building a safe, sustainable and healthy church.