A church is only as strong as the relationships between its members.
Relationships are at the heart of what it means to be a church. In today's world, everyone has access to the best sermons from top Bible teachers through the internet. Worship music is being recorded and produced at an incredible pace. Books, seminars, and online classes can teach you all you ever wanted to know about God, faith, and the Bible. So the church no longer has a monopoly on religious education, music, or spiritual experiences.
What a church mainly has to offer comes down to the relationships between its members. We can work together; challenge each other; encourage each other; bear one another's burdens; and complement each other as we fulfill Jesus' mission in our town. Without relationships the church has very little to offer.
Our goal is that from the moment you set foot in our doors you will feel welcomed into our family. We plan a variety of social events to help people get connected, including potlucks, parties, and outings. Many of us intentionally arrive early and leave later on Sundays so that we can catch up and get to know newcomers before and after the services.
While the seeds of relationships may be planted in these social settings, they are encouraged to grow deep roots through small groups. Click to learn more.
Our sense of community requires careful attention, hard work, and deep commitment. These are our commitments to remaining a healthy church family:
- We are authentic and honest, refusing to wear masks or pretend. (Ephesians 4:25, James 5:16)
- We accept one another as we are, without condition. (Romans 15:7, Ephesians 4:2,32, Colossians 3:13)
- We help each other grow into all we can be through encouragement, as well as gentle correction when needed. (Romans 15:14, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Colossians 3:16, Galatians 6:1)
- We are moving away from self-centred lives and toward others-centred lives, serving others with selfless love. (Philippians 2:3-4, Romans 12:10, John 13:35, Galatians 6:2)
- We refrain from negativity, gossip, jealousy, bitterness, and talking behind the each others backs. (James 4:11, 5:9, Ephesians 4:29)
- We deal with conflict immediately and directly, according to the model Jesus taught. (Matthew 18:15-17)