Helping people find and fulfill God's purpose for their lives.
Every church is driven by something. Perhaps the driving force is tradition, a pastor, a building or programs. Our church is driven by the purposes of God summarized in what we call “The G.R.A.C.E. Vision.” Each letter of our name represents one of the five Biblical purposes of the church and our personal lives.
We want to help people grow in their devotion to God and in their understanding of his purpose for their lives.
We want to reach out to people and introduce them to the good news of God's grace.
We want to help people acknowledge and worship God as the Savior and Lord of their lives.
We want to help people discover the importance of connecting in meaningful relationships with other members of God's family.
We want to help people discover their God-given gifts and use these gifts in service to others.
We have structured our church not only to fulfill the five purposes of the New Testament church but also to keep these five purposes in balance. We believe a balanced church is a healthy church! Our goal is that everything we do as a church will help fulfill one of these five purposes. Our staff is built around the five purposes. We budget based upon the five purposes. Even our ministries and calendar are linked to one of the five purposes.
We use a sequential strategy to help people discover the good news of Jesus Christ and grow in their relationship with God. Our goal is to help people move intentionally from being our unchurched community, to regular attenders in the crowd, to members of the congregation, to committed maturing members, to core ministers, and ultimately to commissioned missionaries. Each of the base pastors have one of these concentric circles as the primary target of their ministry.
In order to help new members understand our purpose-driven culture, a series of five classes, called Discovery Classes, have been designed to help introduce people to the five purposes of the church.
Class 101 - Discovering Membership
Class 201 - Discovering Maturity
Class 301 - Discovering Ministry
Class 401 - Discovering Mission
Class 501 - Discovering Magnification