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About Us

Our Mission

Our Mission

Inviting people to experience abundant life by: worshiping God, serving neighbors and growing in discipleship.

Our Strategy

Creating a culture focused on the means of grace: worshipping God, participating in life groups, reading scripture, praying and fasting, serving others, sharing abundant life with others and knowing the core beliefs of the church.

Core Beliefs

At the core of the church is the good news of the gospel message. Sometimes it can be confusing to understand what the church believes, but we think it is an important step on your faith journey to learn the core of the gospel message for yourself so you can go out into the world and echo the gospel message in your life.

Life Groups

The next step after learning the fundamentals of what it means to be a Christian is to get involved in one of our many life groups. These groups are designed to help you to continually grow more like Christ. We believe that an essential part of this process occurs by sharing life together with honesty, selflessness, and transparency. (Acts 2:42-47, Acts 20:20)


Continuing on the journey of discipleship, we recognize that the Bible was written by people who were inspired by God. Scripture helps us become more wise in the matters of God and challenges us to change how we live everyday. (2 Timothy 3:15)


As we continue to develop our lives around Scripture in a community of people, we find ourselves desiring a relationship with Jesus Christ. As humans, we recognize that to develop a relationship with someone requires communication. As Christians, we do that by praying to God and sharing our lives, our struggles, our thanksgiving, our dreams and our praise. And as in any healthy conversation, we must also listen. Prayer is also about taking time to listen to what God is speaking to us. (John 15:5, John 16:13, Jer. 33:3, 1 Thess. 5:17)

Serve Others

Many people have the misconception that being “called” by God is something only missionaries, pastors, and other church leaders experience. But the Bible says everyone is called to serve God by serving others. While we do not have to earn a relationship with Christ by our works, our relationship with Christ motivates us to serve others. Jesus demonstrated this by washing the feet of his disciples. As disciples of Jesus, we are to emulate this act of humility by humbly answering the calling that God has given us to serve others. (Deuteronomy 15:10-11, Matthew 5:3, Matthew 19:21, Luke 13:14, John 13:1-17)


Jesus commands us to go and make disciples. We do this by entering into loving relationships with our neighbors and then sharing with them the good news of the gospel through our lives and testimony. Because we love our neighbors, we feel obliged to share the good news of the gospel with them. While this can seem intimidating, we recognize that a relationship with Jesus Christ is central to life. (Isaiah 61:1, Matthew 28:19, Acts 1:8)

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