In response to a question of what's the most important thing to do in life,
Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength"
and "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31).
As a small part of God's big, eternal, and global family, we make it our highest aim to live out these two commands and so "be the church" he's called us to be. We won't always get it right. In fact, when we do love, it can only be in response to his initiating love - one of Jesus' followers said that we only have the ability to consistently love "because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).
Another reason why love and, thus, "being the church" has proved hard: Over the past century American churches have historically done 1-out-of-2 well - either Love God (Conservative Fundamentalists) or Love neighbor (Liberal Mainline Protestants) ... but rarely both. We believe that the love of God expressed supremely in the good news about Jesus compels us both to praise, honor, love Him in return while also serving our neighbor 'tastes' or 'appetizers' of His restorative good news through acts of mercy and justice. In fact, our new lead pastor just preached about this in one of his first messages with us (listen here).
Our non-denominational church aims, thus, to walk the line of that radical middle of loving both God and neighbor. Furthermore, we invite you and all who worship with us to hold our leadership accountable if and when we fail to do either.