How we live

// our rhythms

Story-formed


We are people shaped by stories. We understand, experience, and intersect with God's Story and the stories of others. God has been unfolding his Story since before time began. We believe we are participants in that Story. We need to understand it and see how our lives intersect with it. Therefore, we regularly reacquaint ourselves with the Story by interacting with God‘s Word. We look for ways and times to tell the Story often. We also take time to listen to others‘ stories and help them find their lives within God‘s Story. (Genesis 1:1-2; John 1:1; Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)


Listen


Our God is the God who speaks, and we are called to listen to him. We set aside regular times to listen to God both backward and forward. We listen backward by regularly interacting with God‘s Word. We also listen forward by spending time listening to what God is saying to us today. We believe God continues to speak through his Spirit, creation, and others in the community of faith. We always submit what we think God is saying to us to the authority of Scripture.  (Mark 1:35-37; John 16:7-15; Hebrews 1:1-3; Romans 1:20)


Celebrate


We gather together to celebrate Gods extravagant blessings. God calls people to regularly celebrate his goodness and grace. We gather weekly in missional communities and regularly as a larger family to share stories and celebrate all that God is doing in and amongst us. We invite everyone to these celebrations as a way of displaying God‘s glory. (Leviticus 23; Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25)

Bless


We intentionally bless others through words, gifts, and actions. God desires that all nations — all peoples — would be blessed through Jesus. As his body, we believe we live out his mission as we bless others. We intentionally seek God's direction for who he would have us tangibly bless each week. (Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 2:12)


Eat


We regularly eat meals with others as a way of inviting them into the community of God. Meals are a daily reminder of our need for God and his faithfulness to provide for us both physically and spiritually. Jesus called us to remember him and his sacrifice through a meal. When we eat together, we commune around this truth. We regularly eat meals with those not in our immediate family or circle of close friends, discipling them toward a life of dependence on God. (Leviticus 23; Matthew 6:11; 26:17-30; Acts 2:46-47; Romans 12:13)


Recreate


We are called to live as a picture of the new creation, the re-creation that God is making. We take time to rest, play, create, and restore beauty in ways that reflect God to others. After powerfully and joyfully creating the universe, God rested. We were created in his image and therefore were made to joyfully create and rest as well. We regularly take time to rest, play, create, and restore beauty in ways that reflect what God is like to our community. (Genesis 1-2:3; Deuteronomy 5:12; Mark 2:23-28; Hebrews 4)