Intentional rhythms (how we live)…
Story-Formed: hear and obey
We were created to be a part of God’s grand narrative, where we find our true identity and purpose. Being Story-Formed means that we are steeping ourselves in God’s Story as recorded in the Bible and also listening to our own lives and looking to see how God’s Story is continuing to be written in and through us.
Simplicity: receive and give
We recognize that all we have and all we are is a gift from God. The discipline of simplicity is to set aside a certain part of our time and money to be reinvested in God’s Kingdom, even as we recognize His claim on our whole lives and gratefully enjoy all He has given.
Community: sharing life together
In Jesus, we have been invited to be part of God’s family, which involves three ongoing relationships. We relate to our loving Father in worship and obedience. In the unity of the Spirit, we relate to one another with support, encouragement and challenge. We relate to the world with the servant heart and sacrificial love of Jesus.
Discipleship: being | making
Jesus called the first disciples, saying, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” All are called to be disciples – coming to Jesus and committing to follow him, growing through several developmental stages as we become more like Jesus. All are also called to make disciples – to help them to become followers of Jesus, as well, and guide grow towards maturity.
Mission: sent with good news
The Father sent the Son into the world to rescue and restore all things. The Father and Son sent the Spirit to empower God’s people, that we might be the on-going presence of Jesus in the world, sent to proclaim and embody the good news of Jesus’ saving power and love.
Presence: listen and speak
God is present at all times and in all places. The practice of presence is simply training ourselves to be aware of God and to cultivate an intimate relationship with the Father. Jesus models this through his life of prayerful dependence on his Father and gives us a pattern for our own lives as well.