Culture is often defined as the understood personality, language, values, behaviors and beliefs of a particular group of people. The VFC culture is a combination of all of these things and is a blending of our Mission, Vision, Core Values, Priorities and Motto. It is the DNA of our church and it permeates our kids, student and adult ministries and outreach. Take a look...
We exist to help people become committed followers of Jesus who get the Bible basics, live the joyful-faith-filled life and do the eternal stuff.
We see a large family church with a global teaching impact where people get the basics, live the life and do the stuff.
Our Core Values
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
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
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
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 that 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We believe we should give our very best to God and those who attend each weekend, so we focus on making our worship services top notch - full of awesome worship, great joy and an incredible message from God's Word.
Equip & Train
We love to see people growing in their own walk with the Lord and then sharing what they learn with others in their sphere of influence. We are focused on offering both live and on-demand classes, programs and events to train and mentor believers to be fully devoted and reproductive followers of Christ.
We are committed to helping every boy and girl hear about Jesus and His love for them; as well as helping them to grow in their childlike faith. When kids connect with an awesome children's ministry, they often are the catalyst for their parents and whole family to begin attending church.
We believe in the young people at VFC and we love to see them flourish in their relationship with the Lord and in their zeal and passion for reaching others. Focusing on excellent student ministry for Middle School, High School and College students is critical for growing a lasting, vibrant church.
We are passionate about taking the gospel beyond the four walls of the church. We know we can't do every outreach idea that comes to mind, but we can make sure the ones we do are done with excellence to have huge impact.
Get the basics. Live the life. Do the stuff.
To read up on our Statement of Faith, click here: What We Believe