Vision, Values & Mission

Vision

ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. 
In West Seattle. In the Puget Sound. To the ends of the earth.

Our church’s vision is God’s vision for his world. Throughout history, God’s plan and purpose is to bring heaven to earth. To bring all the beauty, wisdom, and wonder of his perfect rule to bear in every human endeavor and activity. We want in on that! We want God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven!

What, exactly, does that look like? In a broken and fallen world full of broken and fallen human beings, heaven coming to earth has to begin with God and then flow through us. God renews us, and then we work as his agents of renewal: every person in every sphere of life.

This vision is obviously huge and so far beyond the scope of what one church could ever achieve. But we exist in unity with the universal, global church, and therefore, our vision is dependent on and in partnership with other churches. As we work together, we hope that every man, woman, and child in West Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and in the world would be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We hope that they would have a daily encounter with Jesus where they live, work, learn or play. And that encounter with Jesus is really through someone who is acting on his behalf: someone who loves Jesus and loves people.

Habakkuk 2:14, Matthew 6:9–10, Acts 1:8

Values

WE LOVE JESUS. WE LOVE PEOPLE.
We don’t naturally have the capacity to love Jesus. But because he has loved us first, we now can and do love him. By his power, we can and do love people. Not perfectly as he does, but we’re growing in love.  

We love Jesus.
What do we mean when we say we love him? We mean absolute devotion, worship, and total surrender of our whole being. We love him with the deepest part of who we are.

Because we love him...
...we are followers of Jesus and help others to follow him in the everyday stuff of life
...we love the gospel of Jesus Christ.
...we are gospel people inwardly (Christ-like virtue).
...we are gospel people outwardly (word and deed).

We love people.
What do we mean when we say we love people? We love every person. Every man, woman, and child. This includes those who we agree with and those who we disagree with, those who share our beliefs and those who don’t. Those inside of the church and those outside of the church. Those who look like us and those who don’t look like us. Everyone.

Because we love everyone...
...we share our lives together in Christian community.
...we serve our cities and neighbors.
...we live at peace in our relationships.

1 John 4:7–12, Matthew 22:37–40, Romans 12:9-21

Mission 

Vision and values come to fruition very practically through God’s mission...
We want to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches. 

Disciples multiply disciples.
Leaders multiply leaders and ministry.
Churches multiply churches.

Genesis 1:28, Matthew 28:18–20, 2 Timothy 2:1-2, Acts 14:23, Titus 1:5