VISION | VALUES
Vision and Values
OUR VISION IS...
to be a loving community of disciples,
united across cultures and classes,
speaking God the Father’s truth,
sharing Jesus' mercy, walking in His Spirit of peace,
until the shadows retreat and Christ, our hope, returns.
OUR MISSION IS...
to proclaim God’s gospel of grace, to unite a redeemed people who share responsibilities and resources,
and to pursue restorative justice, serving Chicago in love.
OUR VALUES ARE...
EXALTATION | OUR GOD REIGNS!
Our chief joy is to magnify the Triune God in all of life with awe and celebration. We assemble to receive both His Word in relevant, Christ-exalting messages, and His sacraments. We exalt Him in song, prayer, generous giving and testimony. Jesus Christ is Lord over every square inch of life, so we respond to the Spirit’s call to work with Him for the renewal of all things, honoring our Father in our work, our families, and our community and culture.
TRANSFORMATION | THE GOSPEL CHANGES EVERYTHING
Each follower of Christ is gifted and empowered by the Spirit to bring all of life under His sovereign Lordship and build up each other as a Body. Personal transformation within a community of truth spoken in love, persistent prayer and sacrificial service is the catalyst for social change.
PROCLAMATION | PREACH GOOD NEWS TO POOR
Christ’s love compels us as a Body to seek the lost and hurting, in order to speak the truth of the gospel of repentance and faith, to show mercy to the hurting and to work for justice for the oppressed.
RECONCILIATION | DIVERSITY DISPLAYED IN UNITY
Reconciliation. Diversity displayed in unity.
God has reconciled us to Himself and to each other through the Cross, so we are compelled to manifest gospel-based unity among racially, ethnically and socially diverse believers. Worship, fellowship, outreach and leadership should employ truth and beauty found in our diverse cultures.
MULTIPLICATION | MATURING FAITH, EXPANDING INFLUENCE
We desire to train members not only for the growth of this church, the spread of Christ's sovereign grace, and to partner with existing and establishing new cross-cultural ministries and congregations here and abroad.