Like any family, there are certain things that we want to mark us as a church family. As we pursue our mission by living out our vision we want to have a church culture that cares about:
1. Gospel Centrality
We believe the good news of Jesus – that through faith in him our sinful lives are covered by his sinless life, that our judgment of death is covered by his death on the cross and that we are raised to new life through the new resurrected life that Jesus now lives – is central to everything we are as individuals and as a church. We never move on from this gospel, but seek to continually move in to deeper understanding and experience of the gospel.
The gospel creates a new community which brings together diverse people to live in unity as we pursue Jesus and His mission. This community takes place through local churches where deep relationships are pursued. For us, church is not a building or a service time, but who we are as a community on mission together.
We believe Jesus has sent the church into the world for the mission of making, maturing and multiplying his disciples to the ends of the earth until He returns. Embracing our identity as sent by Jesus is essential to understanding that all of life (at work, at home, on our block, in our church community) is mission.
Just as Jesus sacrificially served us, so too we want to sacrificially serve those in our church, as well as our neighborhoods. We want to do this by using our gifts and resources for the needs of others, especially the poor and the powerless.
One of the best expressions of the unique unity that the gospel of Jesus brings is through having diverse people embrace that gospel in community together. We are intentionally seeking to be a church that reflects the beautiful diversity in our neighborhood through multiple generations, socioeconomic statuses and ethnicities.
We believe that each person has gifts given to them by God that will help build us together as a community on mission for Jesus. We are committed to helping people identify, develop and deploy their gifting for the good of the church and the glory of God.
7. Urban Imperative
We believe that if the church is going to have a strategic influence in our culture for the fame of Jesus, cities should be the focus of our missional efforts. For us, that means that while we want to be part of gospel expansion wherever possible, we are most committed to seeing that happen in our city, Elmendorf. We work out our love for our city by being committed to our local neighborhoods and we pray that God would use us to start other neighborhood churches throughout Philadelphia.
8. Next Generation
We are committed to passing down our mission, vision and values to the next generation by engaging children and youth with age specific teaching, modeling Christ centered lives and intentionally integrating them into the life of the church.