Picture our congregation moving fluidly and easily between our worship together and daily life in the communities around us—a Christian family that cares deeply for each other, and is always on the lookout to introduce others to Christ. Our family doesn’t wait for others to come to it, but we actively extend the hospitality of Christ outside of ourselves.
We are a family that has become comfortable and energized talking with each other about how Jesus has changed our lives, and has learned how to naturally share with others what we’ve experienced. We study the Scriptures together, encouraging each other to live by them, and worship the living God together through Word and Sacrament. We don’t sweat what we don’t know, and we celebrate, encourage, and share what we do always praying to see Christ more alive in us and through us.
The leaders of this family are comfortable discussing and debating issues with mutual respect and mutual trust. Distractions and discord do not derail us because—by God’s grace—we keep our eyes focused on his vision for us. Our family is convinced that the greatest thing that ever happened was that Christ came into the world to reconcile us to God.
We pay really close attention to places in our community where God
seems to be nudging people toward the eternal, and when we see it we say: “That’s where we need to be!” We aren’t afraid of people who are different from us, are not intimidated by people who are against Christ, and instead, see such people as the very focus of Christ’s love. We take joy in being a light in the darkness, and in the experience of being the hands and the feet of Jesus. The communities around us—after being on the receiving end of the love of Christ through us—have come to wonder how they ever got by without him.
 Acts 2:44-46; Romans 12:10; Romans 15:7; I Corinthians 12:25; Ephesians 4:32; I Thessalonians 5:11; I Peter 1:22; I Peter 4:10; I John 3:16
 Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8
 Romans 12:3; I Timothy 5:10; Hebrews 13:2
 Matthew 4:4; Luke 11:28; John 17:17; Romans 10:17; Colossians 3:16; Romans 15:4; James 1:21-23; I John 2:5
 Luke 24:13-43; I Corinthians 11:23-26
 Luke 6:37; Colossians 3:13; II Timothy 2:24; James 1:19
 I Corinthians 9:24; Philippians 3:14; Hebrews 12:1-3
 II Corinthians 5:17-21; Colossians 1:22
 Ecclesiastes 3:11; John 5:19; Hebrews 3:13
 Matthew 9:9-13; Mark 2:15-17; Luke 5:27-32; Luke 6:32; Luke 15; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8; I Timothy 1:15; Hebrews 12:3
 Matthew 5:14-16; Luke 8:16; Ephesians 5:8;
 I Corinthians 12; Ephesians 2:10