We are serious about spiritual growth and about grace. We don’t see ourselves as growing to make God love us or earn our salvation. We want to grow spiritually to experience the power of our salvation and live above fear, anxiety, worry, and temptation.
We try very hard to be a non-judgmental environment. The Bible is not something we use to judge other people but in order to live our best Christian lives to the best of our understanding and interpretation of the Bible. We want each person to take the Bible seriously, but we also want to refrain from using the Bible as a weapon in the judging of others.
We respect freedom of opinion and believe that people should have room to form their own personal ideas and understandings within the Christian tradition. So, with regard to controversial issues, we refrain from taking hard stands. We are a big-tent church trying to be a place where people from a variety of backgrounds can be in church together, which means that as a result we are somewhat messy. We are not here to pass judgment on people, but to point them to Jesus. Women are encouraged to have leadership positions in the church and to enter the ministry if they feel so called. We strive to create an inspirational, loving, hope-filled environment where struggling people strongly experience the grace, and mercy, and love of God. With regard to final judgment and salvation, we understand those to ultimately be in God’s hands and so we are not in the business of pronouncing final judgment on people or declaring who may not be saved. With regard to the entire scope of God’s salvation we accommodate a variety of opinions about how many will finally be saved. Will God save only a few, or many, or most, or even all? These questions all fall within the realm of personal opinion.
When persons come to join this church they are only asked, “Do you believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and do you accept him as your Lord and Savior?” Their names are not presented before the church board for approval, questions are not asked about their sexual orientation, and they are not given a theological exam. Some may see us as not having high enough standards, but we see ourselves as not putting up any roadblocks in front of people who are wanting to begin life in Christian community while being given room to find their own best way and form their own best opinions.
Feels like home!!!
A warm and welcoming church family!
I just have to share how blessed I am to have such a wonderful church family - from the youngest to the oldest, blessed brothers and sisters in Christ, all sharing in God, our Father's, love.
I have learned more and became closer to God in this church than ever in my life. The people are warm and inviting. The connections are genuine.