We are a covenantal, multi-generational body of believers and a “family of families.” Of the three human institutions ordained by God, the family, the church, and human government, the family was God's first and most fundamental institution. God began the first family by uniting a man and a woman into one flesh (Gen. 2:24) and then blessed them with a command to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:27-28, 9:1). Continuing in that heritage, we believe God has richly blessed families with the ability and responsibility to bear and raise children (Ps. 127). While we believe that the ideal family involves two loving, godly parents, we understand that many people find themselves raising children without the help of a spouse for a variety of reasons beyond their control. We embrace, nurture, and disciple these families, along with the single individuals and young adults (Deut. 10:18; 16:14, 24:19-21).
Our worship, fellowship, ministry and service are purposely structured to facilitate the integration of the whole family. Our children are a welcome part of our worship service and we enjoy the blessing of encouraging and equipping parents to train their children (Deut. 6:7, Pro. 22:6, Eph. 6:4) by their own example of worship, and by the example of other families and individuals. We come together corporately for fellowship, prayer, encouragement, accountability, and training. We seek out ministry and service opportunities within our communities and the greater worldwide mission field that provide further opportunity to train our children in areas of service, self-sacrifice, giving, and caring for others. We purpose to leave time for families to engage in the pursuit of heart-level relationships together.
Our goal in the musical aspect of our worship is to provide an atmosphere in which the congregation may participate in a deeply meaningful and inspirational time of praise. Our musical style is upbeat but relatively conservative. We encourage clapping and raising hands as genuine expressions of a joyful and humble heart. Hymns are a rich part of our Christian heritage and we enjoy including them in our worship alongside modern choruses. By repeating our favorite hymns and choruses often, we hope to enable our young ones to learn and love these great songs of the faith so that they will bring life-long encouragement and inspiration.
We take seriously God’s call on the family as the primary instrument of evangelism, discipleship, and training. Within that context, God made it clear in scripture that the responsibility for discipling and spiritually training children begins with the father (Deut. 6-7, Pro. 22:6). We greatly desire and purpose to empower, equip, encourage and exhort fathers to embrace their God-given role and responsibility as Christlike servant leaders of their families (Eph. 5:21-29). We also strive to help parents see the importance of Christian education, and to help them make biblical choices as it relates to their children’s discipleship.
Our church is guided by a plurality of elders, covenantally bound together with a common heart to worship and serve God in unity. The elders have primary responsibility for teaching, training, and shepherding the congregation as a whole.