Our Core Values

EFCA Statement of Faith

God - We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible - We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition - We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit - We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church - We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living - We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return - We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny - We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

The Priority of the Word of God

We are committed to intentionally holding up the Word of God as the center-piece for gathering to worship God. Our gathering, our prayers, our singing, our fellowship, our community, and our mission are directed by and fueled with the frequent proclamation of God’s Word. It is by this reliable, authoritative, and sufficient Word of God that we come to know and learn to serve Jesus.

The Church as People

We are committed to seeing “church” as God’s people; identified in and representing Jesus Christ. We have the freedom to utilize and enjoy the historical structures and traditions that help us worship God and touch the world without allowing them to force us into conformity. We see the act of fostering community and relationships as a powerful means of “being the church” and taking the gospel to the sidewalks, homes, and workplaces of our city.

Everyone as Gospel Proclaimers

We purpose to see all Christians as uniquely gifted ministers of the gospel in every area of their lives. We commit to empower and equip them to take the kingdom of Jesus into every sphere of life and to challenge them to see “normal” life as a venue for God to do the extraordinary. We refuse to hire or pay pastors to do ministry “for” us, but instead to equip us to intentionally make Jesus known to the world.

A Family of Families

We purpose to be a local church that is comprised of a family of families: One core body that consists of several “gospel communities” that intentionally and frequently meet together to encounter God, encourage each other, and engage our neighbors. We are committed to being one family made up of several unique yet unified communities. As one body of many parts, we expect each member and community to make decisions in concert with the vision and values of the church and to make major decisions in consultation with the church.

Mission through Community

The “gospel communities” are not held together to merely satisfy our desire for friendship, but they serve as the main venue to live out what God is ministering to us corporately. They allow us to build one another up in discussion, hold one another up in prayer, and stir one another up to gospel our families, workplaces, and town. Their success is not measured by how long each family meets with the same families but by how many times they multiply to meet the spiritual needs of their neighbors.

Equipping through Corporate Gathering

“Gospel gatherings” are frequent, organized times when each community gathers with the rest to worship God through preaching, singing, prayer, and fellowship. The work of the pastors/elders during this time is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry” so that each person through their role in the body is commissioned and prepared to reveal Jesus to the world. We believe that this is accomplished through the consistent, unified gathering of the body around the Word of God and the deliberate, Spirit-reliant obedience to that Word as a family of families.

Shared Leadership

We are committed to being a church that is shepherded by a shared leadership of elders. These leaders are affirmed not by their business prowess but by their grace-empowered ability to lead, teach, and live godly lives among us. Leadership is not about control but instead humble authority that gathers the church around the proclaimed Word of God and lives their lives as examples of ministry endeavor in everyday life. We refuse to make a distinction between paid and non-paid pastors/elders.