Core Values

  1. Prayer– Take every opportunity to talk with our God (Ephesians 6:18)
    • Every event is covered in prayer (Colossians 4:2)
    • Every ministry decision is lifted up in individual and communal prayer (Philippians 4:6)
    • Prayer defines how we depend on God to be effective in our work (Genesis 4:26)
    • We take time to listen to God who speak to us through prayer and His Word. (Psalm 46:10)
    • We rely on God to work in our world in response to prayer. (I Timothy 2:1,2)
  2. Diversity– A diverse community reflects God and His kingdom (Galatians 3:28)
    • We are called to be Jesus Christ to the neighborhood of Oakdale Park (Acts 1:8)
    • We strive to be a community to which everyone has a sense of belonging (Romans 12:5)
    • Every person is a unique part of the whole body with spiritual gifts to serve the body (I Corinthians 12:14)
    • In all ministry and leadership of the church, we strive to develop diverse teams (Ephesians 4:16)
    • God desires to restore all facets of life to the way that He intended them to be (Revelation 21:5)
  3. Worship– We worship the one true God all together (Revelation  7:9-12)
    • Preaching of the word that is biblical, reformed, contextual, life-changing, and authentic (I Cor 2:4)
    • Music and movement that helps a diverse community interact with the triune God (Psalm 150)
    • Joyful giving that reflects our trust in God and eagerness to advance his kingdom (2 Cor. 9:13)
    • Sacraments celebrated and promises lived out as a church family (Mark 14:22-25)
    • Confession to consistently reinforce our dependence on God in our brokenness (I John 1:9)
  4. Discipleship– Disciples intentionally make disciples (Matthew 28:18 – 20)
    • Outreach –We are committed to reach out with the love of Christ to those who do not yet know him (Acts 2:38,39)
    •     Companionship – We all share the responsibility for everyone growing in Christ together (I Thessalonians 5:14,15)
    • Mutuality – Everybody gives of themselves and everybody receives (Colossians 3:13)
    • Stewardship – Using all that God has given us collectively to further his kingdom (Luke 6:10-12)
    • Teaching – We study the truths of the bible and pass them on to others (Colossians 3:15-17)
    • Leadership – The training of leaders starts early and never stops (I Thessalonians 5:12,13)
  5. Relationships– We need each other (Ephesians 4:2,3)
    • Community – People strongly experience Gods’ grace, care and call through relationships (Rom. 13:8)
    • Communication – We always call for thorough communication, marked by love (Eph. 4:5)
    • Togetherness – We mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice (Rom. 12:15)
    • Encouragement – We must spur one another on to uncompromising devotion (Hebrews 10:24)
    • Accountability – Growing Christians need it and should invite it (Colossians 3:15-17)
    • Justice – Everyone must fight for justice on behalf of everyone (Psalm 11:7)
    • Reconciliation – we strive to resolve all our differences, whether personal or otherwise (Ephesians 2:14-16)
    • Working in team empowers members, incorporates multiple opinions, generates more good ideas, embraces more perspectives, and reduces burnout (Genesis 2:18)