Our culture and core values are who we are. They are not just what we do—they are part of our DNA. These values are non-negotiable for us.
1. Jesus is our message.
The message of Jesus is one that is full of hope. Around here we like to say “Because of Jesus, the best is still yet to come!” Not only do we say it, we believe it. While our methods may change over time, our message never will. Right up until our final breath, we will continue to tell anyone that will listen about the hope we have in Jesus.
- “And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NLT
- “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17 NLT
- “So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.” Colossians 1:28 NLT
- “But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist, which you heard is coming into the world and indeed is already here.” 1 John 4:3 NLT
2. People are our mission.
We believe that ALL people are loved by Jesus. Found people find people, and it is our mission to find people that are far from God but near to us and love them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. One person at a time, one family at a time, we will continue shining the love, light and life of Jesus into the dark places of our world until all have come to know Him as Lord and Savior.
- “Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8 NLT
- “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 NLT
- “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” Luke 15:4-7 NLT
- “In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” Colossians 3:11 NLT
3. Honor is our calling.
We show honor with our words, our thoughts and our actions—up, down and sideways. We are thankful for spiritual authority and we joyfully submit to those who God has placed in leadership over us. We faithfully support those God has placed in the trenches beside us. We humbly care for those God has placed under us.
- “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Romans 12:10 NLT
- “Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.” Romans 13:7 NLT
- “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.” Hebrews 13:17 NLT
- “Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.” 1 Peter 2:17 NLT
4. Authenticity is our lifestyle.
We are not perfect. We will neither try to hide that truth, nor will we use it as a crutch. Instead we will choose to be real and live as people of integrity. We realize that progress is more important than perfection, and that God will often use our brokenness to minister to the lives of others. We may not be where we want to be, but we’re committed to moving beyond where we used to be by keeping our arrow pointed in the direction of Jesus and becoming more like Him each day.
- “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Matthew 23:27-28 NLT
- “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 NLT
- “Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” Romans 12:9 NLT
- “Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” James 2:18 NLT
5. Generosity is our identity.
We are generous with our time, talent, treasure and testimony. We do not give to get, nor do we give out of obligation. We go over and above to give out of the overflow of the blessings God has entrusted to us. We choose to give because the God we serve, by His very nature, is a giver.
- “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” Malachi 3:10-12 NLT
- “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38 NLT
- “For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God. As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!” 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 NLT
6. Servanthood is our posture.
We don’t just consume, we contribute. This is our attitude within the walls of the local church, out in our community and to the ends of the earth. When we see a need, we will do everything we can to meet that need. We realize that we are never more like Jesus than when we serve someone else, so from the stage to the street—and beyond—everyone serves.
- “So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.” Matthew 20:16 NLT
- “The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12 NLT
- “And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.” John 13:14-17 NLT
7. Excellence is our pursuit.
We do the best we can with the resources we have. We are on time, we are prepared, and we are engaged. If something is worth doing, then it’s worth us going all in and working at it to the best of our ability.
- “Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.” Ecclesiastes 9:10 NLT
- “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12:6-8 NLT
- “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT
- “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father...Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:17, 23 NLT
8. God’s heart is our passion.
It is God’s desire for His people to be set apart, righteous and holy. We choose to live our lives in alignment with God and His Word, and we do so unapologetically and with reckless abandon. This is evident in the way we worship, the way we serve others and the way we live in the midst of a society and culture that is often moving in the opposite direction.
- “Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.” Leviticus 19:2 NLT
- “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NLT
- “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40 NLT
- “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 NLT