VISION & VALUES
WHY WE EXIST … “We exist as Jesus’ followers to know, love and serve God in our World”
THE CHURCH GOD IS CALLING US TO BE
We yearn for each one of our people to be growing (and one of the primary ways we do this is through our Life Groups) — coming to know Jesus, growing towards maturity in him, knowing, loving, and serving him more authentically.
We love being an increasingly multi-ethnic church, with people from many different nations in our family — we desire all the more of this, and to have our multi-ethnicity vitally involved in all aspects of our church, including our leadership.
We long to be a church where the Holy Spirit is given no limitations, where he is free to move in and change us whenever and however he chooses, and where all his gifts operate in complete freedom.
We acknowledge that our church does not just exist “for us”, but that it is our community where we gather, meet, and interact and are energised by God together and then released into our everyday circles and influence them with the love of Jesus — we are desperate for this recognition and passion to infect all we are and do.
We decisively aim for our passion for missions to grow all the more — so that our giving to missions is always increasing at an astounding rate, we send out missionaries, we constantly provide short term cross-cultural mission exposure opportunities for our people, and we live to know that the good news of Jesus is being taken into all the world.
WHAT MATTERS TO US
We place the highest value on God’s word (the Bible) and its central message of the good news of Jesus Christ, and we want to be consumed by a desire to know and live it, whatever the cost to us.
Because of God’s great love for us and the way he designed us, we are joyful, have fun, laugh, and celebrate together.
We are building a Biblically functioning community, which sees incredible love, grace and care for each other and welcomes newcomers as if they were old friends, where everyone in our church has a part to play and every contribution has an equally high value.
We take seriously Jesus’ command to make disciples — to see people growing to be more and more like Jesus in every part of their lives.
We support and affirm the God-given value of marriage and family relationships, and we seek to be a family connection for all those who are part of our church.
We seek honesty and the highest ethical and moral standards in our own lives and in our church as a whole, especially modelled and demonstrated in our leadership.
We are determined to be increasingly focused on people around us and in all the world who do not yet know Jesus, and to find appropriate, relevant, and innovative ways to communicate the good news to them.
We endeavour to lay down our desires, dreams, and plans and follow God’s plans for our lives and our church, seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives.
We believe that prayer is vital, a powerful foundation of our relationships with God, and we want to be a people radically devoted to prayer — individually, in groups, and corporately.
We gladly accept that life is to be lived with God in its centre, and will strive to ensure our daily lives are true expressions of uninhibited worship to God.