Who We Are

 

Our Passion

WE ARE LIFE-GIVING

God is a Filler, not a Forcer. We believe church should be a place filled with laughter, hope, and a way forward. Our goal is that coming together becomes the highlight of your week, and your experience feels like a breath of fresh air.

WE ARE COMMUNITY

God is relational. And so are each of us. We’re all looking for our place and our part to play. In today’s world, we believe true community is revolutionary, and one of the best gifts we could give each other.

WE ARE RIDICULOUSLY GENEROUS

God is a Giver. In fact, He’s given us all something to offer. As a church we do everything we can to give what we have away. 

WE ARE DANGEROUS

God is not safe, but He is always good. We are passionate about reaching people and making a difference no matter the cost. We believe the local church mobilized is the hope of the world. We don’t exist for ourselves, but to serve God’s purpose in our generation. 

Our Purpose

We exist to lead people on a spiritual journey to Know God, Experience Freedom, Discover Purpose, & Change the World.

1. KNOW GOD

More than anything else we hope you meet Jesus and fall more in love with Him. Jesus is not a religion or another church to join. He is the one relationship that changes everything. (Colossians 1:15-20).

2. EXPERIENCE FREEDOM

Everyone needs a family-a home and a place to belong. The Bible says that God, as loving Father, specializes in connecting lonely people to families (Psalms 68:5-6). Family is a place to connect, a place to protect, and a place to grow. It’s also a place where you can be yourself, knowing you’re always loved and accepted. We believe church should be a family, and the place you make your very best friends (1 Thessalonians 2:8).

3. DISCOVER PURPOSE

There is a God-dream within each one of us. It’s the part of us that wants do something that matters, something we know we were made for (Ephesians 2:10). This means learning to trust what God says about who we are in Him, and learning to think like He thinks (Ephesians 1:3-10; Romans 12:2). One of our main goals as a church is to connect you to your purpose because we believe there is a ton of untapped potential in you waiting to be unleashed (Ephesians 4:11-13). 

4. CHANGE THE WORLD

Jesus said that disciples are to be like salt and light to the world in which they live (Matthew 5:13-16). In other words, our lives should have unmistakable impact. Many people want to run the world, control the world, hold power in this world, but to really change the world you have to give yourself away (John 12:24-26). That’s why we believe the church is at its best and most like Jesus when it gives itself away. Our hope for you is that you experience the joy and reward of knowing you’re living out a purpose that far outweighs everything else.

Our Plan

Serving God’s purposes in our generation means fulfilling Jesus’ commission to us as His followers. This has always involved four steps in the spiritual journey God has for us, and everything we do as a church centers around these four steps to help empower people to live a Great-Commission life.  

1. WEEKEND SERVICES THAT REACH PEOPLE

We want to provide a place every weekend where people can encounter the life-changing presence of God. Jesus was enjoyable, relevant, and powerful. We think church should be too. People have enough negative influences and voices in their lives. We want to be a place where they are loved, encouraged, and accepted. Our services will be FUN (yes, you can do that in church), authentic, and a place where people will want to invite their friends and family.

2. SMALL GROUPS THAT CARE FOR PEOPLE

We were created for relationships and church should not be any different. We all need a place where we feel connected, protected, and challenged to grow. In times of need and times of fun, small groups are a source of friendship and support. They are key in our spiritual growth and help us develop meaningful connections.

3. NEXT STEPS THAT DEVELOP PEOPLE

Spiritual growth doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s best when we keep it simple. We don’t pretend that a discipleship process can be accomplished in 3 weeks, but we have to start somewhere. Next Steps is your pathway towards realizing your potential and understanding your purpose. It will allow you to get to know the pastors, the church, and begin the journey of becoming fully alive. 

4. TEAMS THAT RELEASE PEOPLE

We were not only created on purpose, we were created for a purpose. Our Serve Teams allow people to connect their passions with God’s purpose. And when you do everything changes. 

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