1. A commitment to relevant, biblical preaching:
We are committed to equipping Christians, through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, to follow Christ in every arena of life.
2. A commitment to prayer:
The ministries and activities of this church will be characterized by a reliance on prayer in their conception, planning, and execution.
3. A commitment to hospitality:
Our ministry will reflect the climate of a welcoming and warm place that looks for — and tears down — any roadblocks which keep people from entering into this community of Christ. Together we will build a community that is friendly, helpful, a safe place, and where we find ways to encourage calling each other by name. Through our actions and words people will feel loved by us. Our ministry groups will operate with the ’empty chair’ model reminding us that there are others we need to invite and welcome into the Body of Christ. There will be a focus on those new to our community and assimilating them. There will be a continued focus on finding ways for each member here to serve in this ministry.
4. A commitment to growth:
We believe that life is a gift from God and is meant to be shared in community. We are called to give of ourselves since Christianity exists to share Christ with others. Therefore, we will pursue attitudes and knowledge that encourage numerical growth without compromising in any way our integrity or our commitment to biblical truth. We believe change is constant and therefore affirm the urgency of the sharing of Jesus’ gospel with each generation.
5. A commitment to honoring our tradition within Christianity:
Our ministry will reflect the traditions and teachings of Lutheranism and be in continual reformation for the sake of the gospel. It will be grounded in our understanding that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Our good works will always be a reflection of our faith.
6. A commitment to the work of the Holy Spirit:
We are committed to spiritual creativity and innovation. We are open to continual evaluation of our mission because we are more concerned with effectiveness in ministry than with adherence to tradition.
7. A commitment to encouraging spiritual growth, education, and reliance on the Bible:
We will encourage people to read their Bibles and study them. We are committed to ministry in varied forms that will help everyone in the community grow in their faith. We will provide ministry that fits the faith development stages of our community. We will focus on the spiritual gifts of people so that they may fully use and appreciate the gifts God has given them to help build the Body of Christ.
8. A commitment to the ministry of the people:
Whenever possible, the ministries of this church will be carried out by non-ordained and /or non-staff servants. This will be accomplished through training opportunities and through practices that encourage lay initiative, leadership, responsibility, and authority in various ministries. “In our baptism we are already priests, bishops and popes,” Luther said.
9. A commitment to the value of every person:
We are committed to all people just as they are without regard for race, faith, culture, lifestyle, or any other difference. We value the dialogue and friendship between people of differing perspectives. Jesus’ claim on our lives offers unity in the midst of diversity.
10. A commitment to excellence:
We will continually seek to maintain a high standard of excellence in all our ministries. We will not be afraid of failure and learning from it. We will be risk takers for the sake of sharing the gospel. We will continually evaluate our ministry so that quality might be achieved.