our core values

Our Core Values

1. JESUS IS OUR LORD NOT OUR RELIGION. We are committed followers of Jesus. 
Living in His love, following His Word, exalting His Name, talking to Him in prayer, experiencing His grace and pleasing Him with our choices is what we call the normal Jesus-is-Lord life. (Romans 10:8-9, Colossians 1:28-29) #getthebasics

2. WE'RE NOT PERFECT, BUT HE'S NOT DONE.We are a work in progress. 
Being a follower of Jesus means we are on a faith-adventure to maturity, so we are teachable, humble, self-aware and continually being transformed into His image. (Romans 12, James 3) #getthebasics

3. THE BIBLE IS OUR PLUMBLINE. We believe the Bible is God’s living Word.
Reading, believing and acting upon the basics of God’s Word is our standard for living and the secret to having a faith worth following, so we take responsibility for leading our own spiritual growth by taking God at His Word. (Romans 10:17, Hebrews 4:12, Matthew 4:4) #getthebasics

4. WE LIVE FOR THE LINE, NOT THE DOT. We believe eternity is a long time.
There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun so we choose to invest our lives at a healthy pace into eternal things (the line represents eternal things, the dot represents our temporary lives) - things will matter a billion years from now – namely, leading people to Christ and empowering them to reach others. (2 Corinthians 4, John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, Luke 15, Romans 10:13-15, 2 Timothy 2:2) #livethelife  

5. GENEROSITY DEFINES US. We are generous because He is generous.
God loves us and has richly blessed us with His mercy and grace, every spiritual blessing and every good and perfect gift, so we are free to generously love, give and serve others. (Isaiah 32, 1 John 4) #livethelife  

6. LIFE IS SHORT CHURCH SHOULD BE FUN. We are happy and we show it. 
Compared to eternity, life on earth is short – so we believe church should be a happy, friendly place full of laughter as well as an uplifting and Biblically pure place where learning the basics of God’s Word is a joy. (Philippians 4, Jeremiah 15) #livethelife

7. IT’S ABOUT NAMES, NOT NUMBERS. We believe people matter. 
The church is full of real people not spreadsheets, so we intentionally take time to notice, know, pray, care, encourage and build up one another. (Luke 6:12–13, Acts 2:44–47). #livethelife

8. EVERYBODY DOES THE DISHES. We’re a family and everyone helps out.
Being the church is not a spectator sport, everyone gets in the game, uses their gifts and serves the greater good because -- there’s no place like home, there’s nothing like family and you belong here…for real. (1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, Psalm 133:1). #dothestuff

9.THE QUEEN OF SHEBA INSPIRES US. We are committed to excellence not perfection.
Excellence in big things and little details honors God and inspires people to do the same as a witness for Christ. (Colossians 3:1, Malachi 1:6–14, Proverbs 27:17). #dothestuff

10. WE ALL SCREAM GREEN. We love unity because He commands His blessing there.
We set aside our personal preferences to be culture carriers in unity with the God-given vision of this House and we align our gifts of time, talents and treasure to build His church. (Matthew 16, Psalm 130) #dothestuff

11. EVERYONE HAS SUPER POWERS. We see everyone with leadership potential.
We believe both men and women have God-given serving and/or speaking gifts as well as other spiritual gifts that are to be used to build His church. We continually work to equip, train, empower and release leaders within their gifting to be more effective in building His church and making disciples. (1 Peter, Romans 12, 2 Timothy 2:2) #dothestuff

12. OH LITTLE TOWN OF KALAMAZOO. We can reach a big world from our home town.
We have a big global vision because we believe God loves to do big things from humble places. We are all in for investing our time, talents and treasures and following the Holy Spirit’s innovative ideas to impact the world with the gospel. (John 2, 1 Corinthians) #dothestuff