1. God Using Ordinary People to Live and Share the Good News
We place a premium on trusting in God using each one of us to share the life change that he’s already given us.
2. Our Relational Networks and Not Being an Institutional Church
Our goal isn’t to become the biggest or best if there could ever be such a thing. It isn’t to have every program possible. In fact, you may wish we had more. Instead, our priorities are the friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers of everyone in our church family. We work hard to encourage and equip one another to live out their faith in real life.
3. Being for Our Neighborhoods, Not for Ourselves
Churches can tend to become isolated and removed from everyone else. In as much as is possible, we want to live for others and not ourselves or our own church. That’s why in addition to serving various individuals, we have also regularly serve these community organizations:
- Guilderland Little League
- YMCA Circle of Champs
- Strides for S.T.R.I.D.E.
4. People Being Continually Changed for the Better by Jesus
We know none of us have arrived. Including you. We all need more change in our own hearts through God’s grace. Consequently, we take this verse to heart: “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6closePhilippians 1:6 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (ESV)
5. Sending People More than Keeping People
It is easy to consider the success of a church as being measured in how many attend, i.e. its “Seating Capacity.” Jesus’ priority was in sending us when he said, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” John 17:18closeJohn 17:18 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. (ESV) We choose to measure our effectiveness more by our “Sending Capacity” than how many attend on a Sunday. How many people are intentionally loving their community and the world on any given day is a better question to us?