...building gospel community:
As those who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are committed to encouraging one another with the good news that he came, died for us, rose to new life, and reigns as King - bringing us life. We want to share this news with others.
We challenge one another to be servant-hearted, risk-taking and flexible, because the good news is more important than our preferences, security and traditions.
As we live life, serving together and loving one another, church is encountered as a network of relationships rather than a meeting you attend or a place you enter.
...sharing life as family:
As children of God, we care for one another, disciple one another and are committed to resolving any conflict between us. We celebrate life together and discuss big decisions as extended family. We emphasise hospitality and use homes for much of church life.
This model is also a simple and reproducible form of church without any trappings that could limit freedom and flexibility.
...being an inclusive community:
As part of God's diverse people we warmly welcome those from all backgrounds and we seek to make church accessible to unbelievers, offering a sense of belonging.
We are a community of grace in which people can be open and vulnerable.
We are God's forgiven people and we welcome and support other broken people as they journey to find forgiveness, peace, joy, hope and freedom in Christ.
...working for city renewal:
As residents of our city, we want to work to redress injustice, pursue reconciliation, and welcome the marginalised.
We celebrate the diversity of culture in our local contexts while recognising the need for gospel renewal.
We encourage one another to glorify God and serve others through the workplace, business, community projects, government and artistic endeavour.
...praying wherever and whenever we can:
As worshippers of God, we love, honour and depend on him and express this as we pray - individually and together in community.
We pray as an impromptu response to needs and opportunities. We pray for others and we offer prayer as one way of serving others around us.
As we pray we recognise that God is the orchestrator of mission in his world, and he is our source of power and strength.
...serving together using our gifts:
As part of the body of Christ, we use our gifts in every aspect of life, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We shape activities around opportunities, gifts and passions of our members.
Leadership is not about control, but about setting a vision by modelling and teaching the gospel, so creating a culture in which everyone flourishes in ministry.
...being shaped by the bible:
As God's people we believe the Bible is the reliable, authoritative, and sufficient word of God.
There are many influences and worldviews that would shape people's lives. Our life together is shaped by the big story of God's redemption and love in Jesus Christ - from before creation right through to the new heaven and earth.
So we regularly spend time learning together from God's Word and it is as we see ourselves in this big story, that our choices, character, and relationships are shaped.
See more in our values here