When planting the church in 2014, we prayed for God’s direction and His vision for this community. He provided four central vision points around which we now center our communal life. These four points have painted our past, provide for our present, and write our future. As we move in step with God, we filter our church life through these lenses.
LIVING IN LOVE
At our family table, there is room for everyone. We feast on generous love, grace, and encouragement—unity in our diversity. We follow Jesus who lived in
To know Christ and become like Christ, we must create space. In the openness of our time and schedules, we reach toward the light of revelation, enjoying the mystery of the Faith and the freedom of self-discovery. Through the disciplines of the Word, Worship, and Prayer we grow deep roots. We flourish as we, in turn, create space for each other. (Acts 2:42)
As a church, we are always looking for ways to be formed by God to pursue the Good Life of the Kingdom. We reorient our hearts to love God through a healthy rhythm and liturgy inspired by the early Church—one that includes spiritual friendship, faith practices, and rest. (Matthew 28:19; Romans 12:1-2; Deuteronomy 6:5)
We pray the prayer: “in Smyrna as it is in heaven,” believing that the gospel story is good news to our community. We look to build bridges, leverage our influence, and humble ourselves in service for the least of these: the oppressed, orphan, widow, the “poor in spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 1:18; Isaiah 1:17)