Vision and Values
WE WANT TO BRING OUR UNCERTAINTIES TO AN UNCHANGING GOD.
WE ARE A SPIRIT-LED GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO COME TOGETHER WITH THE FOLLOWING VALUES:
DIVERSITY REFLECTS THE KINGDOM.
We do not believe there should be racial, gender, social, denominational, or relational divisions within the church. Kingdom-minded community embraces the beauty of diversity.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” - Galatians 3:28
OPEN OUR BIBLES TO LEARN. OPEN OUR BIBLES TO LOVE.
We believe the Bible was written by people, guided by God’s Spirit, and affirm what it says it is: authoritative, inspired, illumined by the Spirit, and useful for teaching, correcting, and wisdom. We believe that the Bible is our standard for faith and practice. The narrative of God’s action in, and through, history tells us much about God, ourselves, and how we should truly live in community.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
- Romans 15:4
We know it is common in our culture to sort, divide, and exclude based on wealth, race, and ideology. Our culture urges you and me to look out for ourselves, make it at all costs, and leave others in our wake.
But we believe that Jesus is building something uncommon. As we gather to seek after a Jesus-looking-God, we experience a new way of living in an uncommon fellowship: the local church.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” - 1 Peter 2:9
BRINGING WHAT WE HAVE.
We are givers, not takers. We work to glorify God by choosing excellence, simplicity, gratitude, and care with the financial, human, and natural resources God has entrusted to us. We find life in Jesus rather than possessions. Therefore, we love giving to the advancement of the gospel, both globally and locally.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” - Psalm 119:36
TEACHING THAT ENCOURAGES THINKING TOGETHER.
We know all our narratives are guided by many different experiences. Many of those experiences are to be treasured. However, we strive to know, and base our lives on, what is true. Kingdom efforts will only last when they are aligned with, and displaying, the truth made flesh—Jesus Christ.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” - Romans 12:2
EXCITEMENT FOR KIDS.
We don’t want to be known for having more adults than we do kids. Children are the legacy that will change the world. Culture sees children as an inconvenience; we see children as a blessing. DC kids will have safe and exciting environments to explore and discover Jesus.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” - Psalm 127:3-5
RELATIONSHIPS ARE THE MARK OF GOOD THEOLOGY.
We strive to love one another in profoundly life-changing ways. ‘Authentic community’ is not just a buzz word for us, it is a value that we refuse to compromise. We will often say, “work like a team, love like a family.” Are we on the same team? Yes. More importantly, for those in Christ, we are a family.
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.”
- 1 John 4:20
SERVE LIKE THE BEST OF THEM.
We know the Kingdom of God is an upside-down Kingdom. We want to be a great church. Jesus said that we are at our greatest when we serve, so we will create a culture of serving our community. Love always has a towel attached to it.
“The greatest among you will be your servant.”- Matthew 23:11