Core Values

The following are our core values—the constant, passionate, biblical beliefs that guide the life of our congregation. They become our ‘ways of life’ as we pursue the mission that God has given us.

We seek to be known as a place of welcome and rest.

In a world that is becoming more and more impersonal, we strive to be a community that is personal. We want to follow the example of the Good Samaritan and be a welcoming people and place for the traveler, the outsider, those who are different, and those who need safety.

Authenticity: We strive to be real, honest, and genuine, as individuals, as a congregation, and in our ministries.

We want to pursue our mission as the people that God has made us to be. We want more than slick productions and nice appearances; we want to encourage people to be authentic with God and one another. This value means we don’t hide our rough edges and struggles. We know that we all stumble every day in many ways, so we encourage one another to ‘fall in the light’—to readily admit our mistakes, not to hide or try to cover them up.

Community: We strive for ‘mission through community,’ believing that mission is essential to community, and community to our mission.

For us, church is not just a disconnected crowd of people who attend public programs together. Balancing community and mission takes time, effort, and vulnerability. It takes people being willing to serve and be served, challenge and be challenged, forgive and be forgiven, teach and be taught, give and receive, encourage and be encouraged. It takes people laughing, crying, working, communicating, resting, and serving together, in relationship with God and one another in a dynamic community of faith.

Diversity: We desire to be a community of all shapes and sizes.

We will try to reach out to a wide variety of people. We will allow those who worship with us to progress in their spiritual journey at their own pace, exploring their questions in an open atmosphere. It is our goal to learn to welcome people with their unique blends of experiences, gifts, challenges, and insights, believing that we will be enriched as a community by the contributions of each individual. We believe that without a conscious pursuit of diversity we will tend to fall back into our ‘looks like me’ comfort zone.

Creativity: We strive to hold our traditions lightly, to remain flexible, and to be ready to change.

We serve a creative God! The splendor and span of God’s creativity call us to creative innovation. This value keeps us moving forward as a community. Jesus said only new, flexible wineskins could hold the new wine of the Spirit, so we are committed to remaining flexible and teachable.

Wisdom: We strive to grow in wisdom and Christian maturity.

We believe that maturity involves growing in the balance, simplicity, humility, and practicality, of wisdom, not endless complexity, pride, controversy, and abstraction. As a result, we focus with wholehearted commitment on those essential truths and practices that are made clear in the Bible, that Christians across the ages have held in common, and that most effectively nourish spiritual vibrancy. We recognize that wisdom comes from recognizing our dependence on God and on one another, so to grow we must listen and learn. In addition, wisdom guides us toward synergy instead of competition within our community, so we will always attempt to consider how any decision impacts the whole community of MC, not just one area or part.

Spiritual Vibrancy: We embrace the wonder and mystery of the Creator and all of creation and celebrate, enjoy, and experience the goodness of God.

We recognize that this world, life, and God are all too profound and complex to be reduced to simplistic formulas or to be neatly packed and catalogued in boxes. We value spiritual disciplines to help us grow in spiritual vibrancy, including the study of Scripture, prayer, worship, fasting, feasting, fellowship, silence, and service. In light of the awesome mysteries of our faith, and strengthened through spiritual disciplines, we seek to live ‘life to the fullest’ in Christ.

Compassionate Action: We strive to enter creatively and compassionately into the pain and injustice of a suffering world.

We believe that issues of justice are close to the heart of God and therefore they are close to our hearts as well. We as a community are committed to practicing justice and compassion in our speech, actions, planning, and spending.