OUR MISSION:

We want to encourage people to enjoy God together.

 

Our Vision:

We are passionate about building joy-filled communities of faith whose very existence inspires individuals to live an abundant Christian Life, made up of three key relationships:

  1. a deepening relationship with God
  2. a life-changing relationship with other believers
  3. an engaging relationship with those yet to believe

 

What we believe:

  • there is more joy in Jesus than anywhere else in this world
  • we are transformed within community
  • our lives should be biblically saturated
  • we should not isolate ourselves, but live embedded in the cultures we find ourselves in
  • Finally, we encourage embracing inevitable tensions.

We are an Evangelical Free Church, here’s the EFCA’s statement of faith: EFCA-statement-of-faith

 

Common Misconceptions:

We believe that there is more joy in Jesus than anywhere else. However many of us are not experiencing more joy because we cling to some too common misconceptions: 

Misconception:

Our desire for joy (pleasure, happiness, delight) is evil

Truth:

Our desire for joy is God ordained.
 

Misconception:

We desire joy (pleasure, happiness, delight) too much

Truth:

We are willing to settle for too little.
“If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Misconception:

God’s glory comes from our sacrifice

Truth:

God’s glory comes from our sacrificing lesser delights for the deeper, more lasting joy found in Him.
 

Misconception:

Trials are a result of God’s displeasure with us

Truth:

Trials are God’s way of drawing us to Himself.
 

Misconception:

Our joy comes from the stuff God gives us

Truth:

Our joy comes from God Himself.
 

Misconception:

Joy is found in doing more for Jesus

Truth:

Our greatest joy is found in Jesus.