The things we value
“Values affect what we think and consequently, what we do. Our values are an intrinsic part of us, although we seldom think about them in a conscious fashion. They determine the ideas, principles and concepts a person or group can accept, assimilate, remember and transmit” – John Wimber
A Lifestyle of Worship
We value worship that is participative, that is full of life, which engages us in intimacy and uses various forms appropriate to the experiential depth and breadth of God. We believe worship is far more than singing songs; true worship is about our life direction expressed in many different ways. We are hungry to know God’s presence, hear His voice and follow hard after Him. (Psalm 63:1-3; Romans 12:1-2)
Obedient to the Holy Spirit
We honour Jesus as our Head and the Holy Spirit as our Counsellor. We seek to be responsive to the Holy Spirit in life and ministry. (Galatians 5:5; Romans 8:14)
The Bible is our final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We believe it is the Word of God, and it is our aim that everything we do lines up with Scripture. We want our teaching/preaching to be practical and inspiring and that, as individuals and a church, we should be both hearers and doers of the word, being transformed into the likeness our Christ through it. (2 Tim 3:16-17; James 1:22-25)
We believe that Christian community is not so much a “bounded set” (clear boundary markers determining who’s “in” and who’s “out”) as it is a “centered set”—many people at various stages in relation to the Kingdom, to the rule of God in their life. Therefore we value our church being overtly inclusive, that celebrates everyone from the “fully committed” to seekers merely exploring the Way of Jesus.
Honouring a person means treating them according to God’s idea of their value. In a world were negativity indicates intelligence, we want to live in the true wisdom of honour. Ignoring the temporary truth of people’s weaknesses and instead fixing our gaze on their God given identity. (1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Peter 2:17)
We believe it is God’s intention to bring us into a family that actively helps each other along the way of following Jesus. We would like every person to find a small circle of trusting friendships in which they are encouraged and challenged toward seeing Jesus formed in and through their lives. (Romans 15:14; Hebrews 3:13; James 5:16)
Learning from some of the ancient strands of the Christian faith. We want to cultivate an interior life that, through habitual practice, can sustain and support the kind of radical life Jesus invites us into. Discipleship is about us taking seriously the call of Jesus to follow hard after him.
We want to be partakers and not just spectators, which we hope will result in us taking lots of risks and cultivating a culture of participation – the priesthood of all. We believe it’s okay to fail, even as we believe it’s important to evaluate quality and effectiveness in all we do. (1 Peter 2:9; Galatians 3:28)
Simplicity & Reality
We wish to do nothing for “religious effect” but rather to operate in natural low-key, non-hype patterns. We desire to do the ministry of Christ with joy in a naturally supernatural way. We aim to walk in the Spirit and see real supernatural works of God. We aim also to function on the natural plane based on God’s leading in conjunction with excellent, relational thinking. (James 1:5)
To live generously is an outworking of our faith in the unchanging nature of a generous and giving God. He has provided us with everything we need, therefore we are to be generous with all that has been given to us, as a direct response to who He is. (Ephesians 2:4-5; Psalm 24:1; 1 Timothy 6:17-19)
We want to blur the lines between everyday life and church, we are more concerned with equipping and releasing the dispersed church in the local community than just maintaining meetings. Living with the premise that the whole of life is spiritual, we try not to operate by compartmentalising our lives.
Jesus modeled leadership as a servant, we want to do the same by releasing men and women equally through training that attracts, develops, trains and releases leaders to serve alongside, and not rule over each other, in order to bring out the best in each other. (Mark 10:37,44-45)
We want to be active in campaigning and petitioning against injustices both on our doorsteps and around the world. We are very keen to be ethical consumers and resist materialism. We believe in social activism at all levels, even as we recognise that the Church has historically been most effective when it has worked from the margins of society. (Isaiah 58:6-7; Luke 4:16-21)
The Mercy of God
We believe that mercy is fundamental to all that God does in salvation. We, therefore, aim to extend mercy to one another and to all to whom we minister. (Colossians 3:12,13)
Renewal of All Things
We have a conviction that God is at work to heal and renew the whole world. To follow Jesus and join Him in His mission is to become agents of renewal in our communities, networks and neighbourhoods.
The Kingdom of God
We understand the kingdom as being both present and future, and that the kingdom – the rule of God – is central to our understanding of the gospel and the teachings of Jesus. We aim to move in the signs of the present fulfilment of the kingdom, ministering through the Holy Spirit’s gifts, and seeing God heal and work wonders as a result. (Mark 1:14-15)
Doing Things Well
We seek to make sure that all that we do, from the way we communicate, to our publications, to the environment in which we meet, is all done to best of our ability – we seek to offer our best to God at all times. (Matthew 26: 6-12)
Knowing we’re not there yet…
We value remaining a “seeking” community—convinced we do not have all the answers, we need to be honest about where we are and have the ability to keep evolving as we walk out this journey together.