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Core methods and purposes
In Acts 2:42047 we see the early Christians engaging in five types of acctivities together. We feel that having these five activities in balance in our church community will help us grow and fulfill the vision of the church.
These five activities are:
To participate in regular times of corporate worship characterized by a joyful, contemporary, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere while encouraging individual members to develop worship as a part of their daily lives.
To meet together regularly to encourage and support one another. We desire to create a community, characterized by loving authentic relationships, acceptance, celebration, accountability and diversity, which results in a sense of belonging to God's family. Our community will be a safe place where we bear one another's burdens. This will be pursued in the context of both large and small group settings.
In an atmosphnere of acceptance that includes an expectation of growth we express discipleship through teaching in large and small group settings. As we often say, "God loves us so much that he accepts us the way we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way." Teaching will be Bible centred, interactive and relevant. We are also committed to teaching and discipling our children in the faith through teaching, mentoring, example, relationships and mission.
We seek to be a place where ordinary people, filled with the Holy Spirit, have the opportunity to discover and use their gifts to do extraordinary things. This service to others will be both inside and outside the church. Ministry will be holistic (ministering to the whole body, soul and relationships) and involving teamwork.
We desire to fulfill Christ's command to communicate the gospel and bring others to a faith commitment in Him. We will do this in both word and deed, and with both a local and global focus. Our style of evangelism will have an emphasis on building authentic relationsps, on being loving, relevant, creative and non-intrusive. We will maintain the close connection between evangelism and prayer.