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Our Vision & Values

Our Vision

We have a simple vision: “To see our lives and our cities transformed with the love of Jesus Christ.” The great story of the Bible revolves around this amazing and simple truth – God loves us and is committed to restoring and healing our broken lives and world through Jesus Christ. He invites us, his church, to participate with him in seeing his Kingdom come, his will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Our Mission

We believe that the mission of the Church, and therefore of every follower of Jesus, is to “be disciples who make disciples.” Specifically, this involves organizing our lives around three main goals:

  1. The Upward Journey:             Being with Jesus
  2. The Inward Journey:               Becoming like Jesus
  3. The Outward Journey:            Doing what Jesus did

Our dream is that as we live in this way, our lives, our communities, and our cities, will be transformed.

Our Name

The name of our church draws from Jesus’ teaching in John, Ch. 15, where he said:

“I am the true vine…. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Jesus uses the image of a grapevine to communicate the truth that he is the source of life, and that our highest call is to “remain,” or stay close, to him. Therefore, he is our life, our vision, our hope, and the focus of our worship and devotion.

Our Values

Our church is centered around the following core values:

  • Safe Harbor: We are a community where everyone is welcome. Whatever your faith background, spiritual tradition, or lack thereof; whatever your belief system or doubts, ethnicity, culture, or marital status – we want this to be a safe place for you to belong before you believe.
  • Intimacy with God: We seek to make God the center of our lives. Our highest privilege and joy is our enjoyment of an intimate and profound relationship with God.
  • Deep Discipleship: We don’t merely profess faith. We seek to follow Jesus in such a way that, over time, we experience deep, beneath-the-surface transformation in our lives, so that we can become more truly who God has created us to be. And we believe the best context for this is community.
  • Loving Mission: We seek to express God’s love in word and deed, joining him in his restorative work in the world.
    • The Gospel: We value, hold to, and declare the good news of what God has done in Jesus.
    • Compassion for the Poor: We value and express God’s heart of compassion for the poor, through works of compassion and justice.
  • The Power of the Spirit: We seek to rely on and experience the power of God's Spirit in us and through us.
  • “3 Streams” Worship: Undergirding all of these values is our desire to live lives and worship God in a way that is simultaneously Word-centered, Spirit-empowered, and rooted in the practices of historic Christian worship.