what disciples believe
Our values are represented by the word FAMILY:
Ours is a simple faith based on unity, freedom and love. We believe in the unity of all Christians. We believe that all Christians should be free to read and interpret the Bible for themselves and to build faith based on reason.
We practice an inclusive ministry. All of our members are “ministers” and are entitled to interpret the scriptures and perform the ministry of the church. We support diversity in all of God's people and strive for diversity in our membership.
We seek to fulfill the great commission to make disciples. We celebrate the diversity of gifts in people to which God has blessed the church. We encourage others to discern their gifts, to live into those gifts, to practice the disciplines of the faith which seek understanding and enable people to grow in loving relationship to God.
First and foremost, we believe in welcoming all who believe in Jesus Christ to full participation in the life of the Church. No one should be excluded. The central feature of our corporate worship, the Lord’s Supper, is celebrated each Sunday and is open to all, without exception. We believe that all are invited and welcomed at the table as Christ has invited and welcomed us.
We support the right of each member to disagree and debate the great issues of our time in a spirit of love. We believe that faith is strengthened through difference of opinion and dialogue. Our unity is not based upon an unthinking conformity, but upon a healthy diversity based on a common allegiance to Jesus Christ and love for one another.
Yielding to God
We believe that God speaks to us today and is calling us to be a faithful, growing Church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. Our vision is to become a God-centered, Spirit-filled F.A.M.I.L.Y. of faith that reaches out with the love of Jesus Christ to all people. We seek to fulfill this vision as we yield to God’s will and carry forth our mission to be inviting and accepting of all people into God’s F.A.M.I.L.Y. by connecting, transforming, discipling, and building.