We are often asked, “What kind of church are you?” Our normal response is that we try to be a biblical church. And indeed, one of our basic beliefs is that the Bible is God’s inspired Word and is the final authority in all that we believe and do. We realize that often the person asking the question wants to know something about how we worship and something about our specific beliefs about various matters. We believe that asking “what kind of church are you?” is a fair question. We also believe that it is important that we as a local body of Christ have a clear picture in our mind of:
In order to be clear about, Who We Are, What We Believe, Our Mission, Our Vision and Our Values, we felt that it was important to commit these important matters to writing. There is a fear that in committing these matters to writing that someone may mistake any such writing or document to be some form of creed. The only way that we know to guard against that happening is to simply state again that our only and final authority is God’s inspired Word, the Bible. That being said, we do believe that one of the beauties of God’s design for the local church is that each congregation is independent and overseen and led by a group of local shepherds under the headship of Christ. Therefore by design each local congregation will have its unique personality while at the same time being part of the universal Body of Christ.
These statements will always be works in progress. As we grow and mature as a Body we will periodically review what we have written and make changes to reflect the maturity and understanding of the congregation. God’s Word never changes, but we pray that as we grow and mature, our understanding and application of His Word will grow. We are always open to looking at what we have written and making any revisions necessary to more clearly reflect the teaching of God’s Word.
We pray that this information will be useful in helping our congregation focus on our mission of sharing the love of Christ as we grow in maturity in Christ and serve God by serving others. We also pray that this information will be helpful to those seeking a local congregation of Christians where they can belong and grow in Christ.