Mission, Values, Vision

Core Beliefs

 

  • We believe in the sovereign God, who in holy love creates, sustains, and orders all.  We worship the one true God eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God has brought salvation and new life to humanity through Jesus Christ and is pleased with all who draw near by faith. (Psalm 116:5, 1 John 4:7-9)
  •  We believe Jesus Christ is the Savior and Lord of the world, the incarnate Son of God.  Through Jesus’ atonement on the cross, humanity is delivered from the stronghold of sin and reconciled to God.  Through Jesus’ resurrection from the grave, Jesus is exalted as almighty, the head of the church, and Lord of all life. (Isaiah 53:5, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 12:2)  
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit of God, who glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts people of sin, calls them to repentance, and baptizes them into union with Christ and His Church.  By the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Church is brought to unity in doctrine and action.  The Holy Spirit empowers us for service, comforts us in suffering, is present with us in time of persecution, intercedes for us in our weakness, guarantees the redemption of our bodies, and assures the future redemption of creation. (John 14:16, Romans 5:5)
  •  We believe that all scripture is God-breathed through the Holy Spirit for instruction in salvation, training in righteousness, and is without error.  All scripture reveals God's search for humankind, which is culminated in God's redemptive act in and through Christ.  Scripture is fully reliable and trustworthy for all doctrinal and moral decisions.  Led by the Holy Spirit in community, we interpret Scripture through the revelation of Jesus Christ. (John 20:30-31, 2 Timothy 3:16)
  •  We believe that, in our humanity, we are fallen, sinful, and broken people. Only through Christ's sacrifice; the shed blood and broken body, are we atoned for our sins and reconciled to God.  Salvation occurs then, by the power of God's grace, when we fully surrender our sinful nature to God, accepting Christ's selfless act, and turn from our sinfulness, into new life in Jesus. (1 John 2:2, Ephesians 2:8, Acts 3:19)
  • We believe that those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are the one true church.  Together the church constitutes the body of Christ with Jesus as the head.  The church is the new community of disciples sent into the world to proclaim the kingdom of God and to display the hope of Jesus.  Jesus has commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to observe all things he has commanded. (Colossians 1:15-20, Matthew 28)
  • We believe that in the beginning God created the universe and all that is in it through His Son. The heavens and earth were called into being as an expression of His love, witnessing to the eternal power and divine nature of God.  (Jeremiah 10:12, Psalm 33:9)
  • We believe that God created human beings in His divine image, for His glory, filled with His breath, the ability to respond faithfully to God, to live in harmony with other human beings, and to engage in meaningful worship, work and rest. (Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 8:3-6, Psalm 139:14)
  • We believe that beginning with Adam and Eve, humanity disobeyed God, gave way to the tempter, chose sin, fell short of the Creator’s intent and marred the image of God in which they were created. Falling into sin, humans brought depravity and death upon the race and as sinners human beings are self-centered and self-willed, as well as unwilling and unable to break with sin. (Isaiah 64:6, Romans 3:23, Galatians 5:19-21)
  • We believe in the Kingdom of God.  The church lives under God’s rule in the present tense, as we worship Jesus as Lord, giving ultimate allegiance to Jesus, living-out a foretaste of the Kingdom of God.  The church anticipates the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom in the future tense, through Jesus’ Second Advent; in the context of this event, all creation will witness the judgment of the living and the dead, the end of the present age, a new heaven and a new earth, the fulfillment of God’s Kingdom through God’s final victory, as we live with Jesus forever, in righteousness and peace. (1 Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 1:22-23, 1 Peter 2:5)

 


 

VALUES

our core commitments


PASSIONATE FAITH - (Philippians 3:12-14) [1] 

We value:  

  • clear, explicit devotion to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord
  • the Bible as the word of God, focusing on life application
  • an active life of prayer

 

RICH HERITAGE – (2 Timothy 1:4-7) [2] 

We value:  

  • New Testament ordinances lifted up in our Brethren heritage:
  • Believer's baptism, the Love Feast and anointing for healing
  • the New Testament as our creed
  • peace and reconciliation

 

LOVING FELLOWSHIP – (1 Peter 1:22-23) [3]

We value:

  • a sense of family in Christ
  • openness and tolerance of diversity within biblical boundaries
  • warmth and friendliness 

 

PRACTICAL WITNESS – (James 2:14-17) [4] 

We value:

  • acts of kindness to those who are ill and in need
  • acts of service to those who are hungry and without shelter
  • acts of evangelism to those who have yet to know Christ

 


[1] “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.  But one thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:12-14)

[2] “Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.  I have been reminded of your faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of hands.  For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”  (2 Timothy 1:4-7)

[3] “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply from the heart.  For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”  (1 Peter 1:22-23)

[4] “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?  Can such faith save him?  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”  (James 2:14-17)


PRIORITIES

our areas of focus

 

WORSHIP - (Psalm 149:1) [1]

We are planned for God's pleasure. We will glorify God, giving praise to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

FELLOWSHIP - (Ephesians 2:19) [2]

We are formed for God's Family. We will connect with one another, strengthening our identity as the Body of Christ.

 

DISCIPLESHIP - (Ephesians 4:14-15) [3]

We are created to become like Christ. We will grow deeper in God's Word, striving to reflect a lifestyle transformed by Jesus.

 

MINISTRY – (Ephesians 4:11-12) [4]

We are shaped for serving God. We will discover our spiritual gifts, “building up” the church, along with "giving our lives away" to others.

 

EVANGELISM – (1 Peter 2:9) [5]

We are made for a mission.  We will share the Good News of Christ, leading persons to Jesus, feeding the hungry, and seeking justice for all.

 


[1] “Praise the Lord.  Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints.”  (Psalm 149:1) 

[2] “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.”  (Ephesians 2:19) 

[3] “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men, in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:14-15) 

[4] “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…”  (Ephesians 4:11-12) 

[5] “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)


 

MISSION 

  our purpose and reason for existing


We will honor and glorify God by becoming more passionate disciples who develop a place of welcome, where people find peace, purpose and power through Jesus Christ.


We will honor and glorify God by becoming more passionate disciples who develop a place of welcome…

We do not exist for ourselves.  Rather we exist for others, extending the welcome of Christ. Such hospitality is central to our mission.  In Matthew 25:35, for example, Jesus calls us not only to feed the stranger, but also to welcome the stranger--reaching the least, lost and lonely. (Acts 2:42-47)[1]  (John 13:32)[2]

 

Where people find peace … 

Anxiety marks life.  Many are touched by stress, difficulty and violence. Our mission is to alleviate such brokenness, sharing "the peace. ..which transcends all understanding" (Philippians 4:7)[3]  (John 17: 20-21)[4]

 

Where people find purpose … 

Confusion marks life.  Many are drifting, lacking moral conviction and resolve. Our mission is to address such aimlessness, encouraging persons to no longer  “...conform... to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [their] mind..." (Romans 12:2).[5] 

 

Where people find power… 

Fatigue marks life.  Many are plagued by weariness and despair. Our mission is to address such despondency, sharing the "God of hope [who fills us] with all joy... as [we] trust in him so that [we] may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13 )[6] (Romans 8:11)[7]

 

Through Jesus Christ… 

Sharing Christ is our ultimate mission. "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." (Colossians 1: 19-20)[8]

 


 

[1] “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” (Matthew 25:35). 

[2] “If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.”  (John 13:32)

[3] “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) 

[4] “My prayer is not for them alone.  I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.  May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”  (John 17: 20-21) 

[5] “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) 

[6] “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

[7] “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” (Romans 8:11) 

[8] “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1: 19-20)

 


 

 

VISION

our dream for the future


We will bring more people to Jesus Christ by multiplying the number of disciples reaching others through spiritual growth and biblical evangelism. 



We will bring more people… 

At the heart of our vision is the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 16-20)[1]. We dream of expanded outreach, multiplying the number of lives touched by Jesus Christ and the ministry of our congregation. Just as the Lord added to the early church "day by day those who were being saved" (Acts 2:47b), we pray the Lord will add to our church more and more persons "thirsty" for reconciliation with God – “hungry" for discipleship with Jesus – wholeheartedly following Him. 

To Jesus Christ… 

The entry point into Christian community is metanoia or repentance (Acts 2:38)[2]. We dream of persons "broken" before God, anxious for cleansing and forgiveness of sin--along with new direction for life. Such conversion, we pray, will result in life change as persons turn from self-serving ways toward the priorities of Christ. 

By multiplying the number of disciples reaching others… 

A disciple - through Jesus - is both his follower and a student of His word.  We dream, then, of being conformed to his likeness by being faithful brothers and sisters, teaching the truth of the Bible and demonstrating Jesus’ love to this world and to future generations of believers. (Romans 8:29)3 (2 Timothy 2:1-2).4

Through spiritual growth…

Life --through Jesus--happens in the context of spiritual growth experiences (1 Peter 2: 1-3)[5]. We dream, then, of new Sunday School classes, small groups, prayer meetings, worship services, fellowship settings, educational experiences, communication vehicles, organizational structures, etc., that provide opportunity for persons to move closer to Christ and His way of living. 

Through biblical evangelism… 

Life change--through Jesus--deepens as we share the gospel. We dream, then, of new options for effective evangelism and "hands-on" service providing new opportunity for persons to grow in obedience and biblical witness. Such outreach will transform lives as both givers and receivers of "good news" are impacted by the power of Christ (Acts 1:7-8)[6].

 


[1] “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.  Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (Matthew 28:16-20) 

[2]“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.  And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  (Acts 2:38) 

[3] “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8:29)

[4] “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”  (2 Timothy 2: 1-2

[5]“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.   Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”  (2 Peter 2:1-3) 

[6]“He said to them…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; you will be my witnesses to Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:7-8) 


 

VISION TARGETS

our vision directed and aimed

 

 

DEEPEN...Christ-likeness – (Ephesians 3:16-19) [1] 

We desire to deepen our walk with Christ.  To that end, we will enrich our worship, discipleship and fellowship emulating Christ’s character and faithfulness in new and expanded ways.   


MAGNIFY...God's Gifts - (2 Corinthians 9:8; 11) [2] 

We desire to expand our ministry by amplifying God’s gifts of time, talent and treasure.  In particular, we wish to leverage the gift of our new property, seeking to utilize it in ways that expand God’s Kingdom.  


OVERFLOW...With The Spirit’s Power - (Romans 15:13) [3]

We desire to overflow with Christ and His Spirit’s power.  To that end we will reach more persons for Jesus through relevant forms of evangelism, along with acts of social action, justice and service.

 


[1] “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…” (Ephesians 3:16-18). 

[2] “And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that in all things at all time, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work…You will made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”  (2 Corinthians 9:8; 11). 

[3] “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  (Romans 15:13).


 

BREAKTHROUGH GOALS

our vision translated into specific results

 

Deepen Christ-likeness 

  • Expand and enrich worship opportunities.
  • Build a greater sense of community and connection within our congregation.
  • Develop new approaches to care-giving.
  • Live-out our Brethren values.
  • Renew and expand opportunities for spiritual formation.

 

Magnify God’s Gifts

  • Effectively steward our time and talents.
  • Grow and wisely steward our financial resources.
  • Leverage the gift of our new property for Christ’s Mission.
  • Maximize our facilities and property for the greatest Kingdom impact.

 

Overflow With The Spirit's Power 

  • Invigorate the welcoming spirit and approach of our congregation.
  • Train and equip people for faith-sharing and outreach.
  • Strengthen and explore outreach programs to Frederick County residents with a focus on relevance and impact.
  • Exhance global ministries.