We hope to be a network of small churches engaged in bold faith and mission. We plan to do this through dynamic worship, risk-taking mission, intentional relationships, and faithful multiplication. Read about these and some of our other guiding values below.
God created us to have fun, to be creative and to think intentionally. We hope our weekly gatherings are uplifting and challenging. We want to create a safe place to hear what is often a dangerous message. Through music, in-depth TED-style talks, and creative responses, we hope to create a space where God can give you the nudge you need to take that next step in your life.
God is calling us to make a practical, tangible difference in the community. When we gather for worship, it's not a destination, it's a launching pad into the community. We are committed to giving people opportunities to use their gifts and talents to impact the city for the better. We are excited to step out in faith, trusting that God will use our hard work, strategic planning and bold visions to transform the world.
We believe that strength in community happens when people of all ages, race, and economic levels are living side-by-side. We hope to be a community of worshipers where people from all walks of life can be in relationship with each other and with the poor, so that we all might experience the community of God.
In everything we do, from worship to small groups to mission, we hope to see growth through multiplication. This is all about investing people, who in turn can invest in others—someone in a small group who becomes a small group leader, a volunteer who leads a new mission, a member of the worship team who launches a new service. We mutlyiply what we do, by investing and deploying people.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU:
You’ll never be judged, no matter who you are, or what you believe.
You can share the real you, as much or as little as you want.
Your views on science or politics don’t have to be checked at the door.
You will never be expected to hide your doubts or questions.
You won’t be forced to do something you disagree with.
Here are a few other values that guide our mission:
We value intergenerational ministry. We believe that strength in ministry is derived from having people at different stages of life working together. We value both singles and families. No matter what stage of life people are in, we want to help them grow to their fullest potential in Christ and to support them through life's transitions
We value humor, creativity and the arts.
We value irreverent reverence. We take God seriously, but we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We value humor.
We value informality.
We are a thinking church. We welcome questions and doubts as a means to expand our faith.
We value the diversity of our congregation. Diversity in race, in class, in theology, in age, in life-stage and in politics. We value relationships among disciples of Jesus marked by humility, respect and integrity, regardless of differences in theology or political standing.
We value local. We want to love and support the community in which we live and work, supporting and partnering with local ministries, businesses and organizations. We value engagement—not separation—with our culture because we believe that Christ will use us as instruments to transform it. Increasingly so, we are trying to become a church for Columbus—a church that relates to the community around us, instead of fighting the community.
We value attending to the needs of the poor and oppressed.
We value relationships. We value people. Our decisions, work, and ministry are centered around relationships.
We value leadership development. We want to help others grow.
We value the relevance of our message. We want the Gospel to connect to everyday life.
We value radical generosity. With all that we are and all that we have. We value good stewardship of resources.
We value authenticity and transparency. “I’m not ok, you’re not ok, and that’s ok.”
We value being a safe place. No matter where people are in their spiritual journeys, they are welcome here.
We value the spiritual gifts and passions of our members. We let those gifts drive our decisions about leadership and ministries.
We value change, and the opportunities that it brings. We value excellence in the work that we do to build God's Kingdom. At the same time, we also value risk-taking and offering one another grace when we fail.
We value the historic faith. We strive to pull from the historic church in teaching, worship and liturgy while maintaining a fun, authentic and contextual atmosphere. We value spiritual maturity.
We value sharing our faith. We want to invite new people into a relationship with God. We value relational evangelism.
We value rest. We recognize the benefits that come from rest.
We value serving. Both in the local church and in our daily lives.
We value confrontation. We value dealing with conflict face-to-face, instead of avoiding it.