Jesus Christ is the head of the church, not in just a “figurehead” kind of way but actively involved in the day-to-day operations and decisions of the church.
The church is to be both prophetic – holding up Biblical standards – and loving – accepting people in their flawed state, without judgment, and caring for their needs.
Our intention is to deeply love others both within and outside of the body of Christ, to act in ways that are best for them and to practice all the relational “one another” commands in the Bible.
The intent of this everyday lifestyle is always to lead people to faith in Christ and to assist them to become active followers of Christ.
To encourage each person to be emptied of self and filled with the Spirit.
To encourage people to realistically face: themselves (who am I?); the exclusive claims of God on their lives (what does God want me to be and to do?); the responsibility we have to live in community with others (who am I to be to them?). We must face the truth to find the Truth.
To encourage each member of the body to actively submit to the Lordship of Christ in their lives and to His leadership (He’s boss!) over the body. When we’re all rightly submitted to Him we’ll automatically be in unity with one another.
Every believer is a minister and should use their God-given gifts, talents, and abilities to further God’s work in His body and on this earth.
Our top priority is to stay united (all submitted to Christ’s headship over the body) and to stay healthy (all actively growing in obedience to God’s Word and his Spirit).
Our intention is to minimize organization so as to encourage, not frustrate, the body initiating and carrying out ministry.
People are primary!
We’re always to be looking beyond ourselves : to the need in others; to how we can reach those in our community; to those outside of Christ; to ways we can bridge the gap between “us” and “them.”