Worship - We will love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We will emphasize the centrality of prayer and the need for our lives to be aligned with Christ.
Outreach - We will love our neighbors by reaching out to them with the love of Christ and the life-changing message of the Gospel.
Relationship - The best way to grow and sustain new life in Christ is through caring, supportive and deep relationships. We will emphasize acceptance, grace, respect, caring and connection.
Discipleship - We will fully engage in God's process of change, becoming whole and alive in Christ. We will provide opportunities for every believer to continually grow in their relationship with Christ.
Overriding Authority of Scripture - Scripture is our source of truth, direction and hope; all of our teaching, preaching and ministries must align with the Word of God.
Family - We believe the family is the center of Christian education and growth; we will strive to help families create a strong foundation in Christ and support them in each season of spiritual and family development.
Holiness - Scriptural holiness is the essence of wholeness and restoration that Christ brings to our lives. We will strive for Christ's holiness to be demonstrated in our own lives and will actively seek to draw others into the healing, hope and wholeness Christ brings by making us holy.
Others' Relevance - We will bring the message of hope in a "language" our culture understands. The way we speak, the songs we sing, the way we fellowship and the way we do ministry will have in mind our need to love our neighbors as ourselves by being culturally relevant.
Priesthood of all Believers - We will commission all believers to the ministry of coming alongside and raise up servant-leaders who equip, support, motivate and mentor others in the ministry of coming alongside.
Excellence - We will strive to do the very best we can in the things God has called us to do as a church with the resources he has given us. We will conduct our ministries with a passion to honor God through efficient and effective service.
Every church group has its "distinctives"; the practices or beliefs that set it apart from other groups. Sometimes this is confusing to people. They say, "If the Bible is true and Jesus was who he claimed to be, why are there so many different types of churches?"
While some would call this division, in most cases it is more accurately labeled diversity. We believe that when you step back and look at the Christian church as a whole, you get a fuller, clearer picture of the depth and breadth of what the Bible calls 'the Body of Christ'.
We are even optimistic enough to believe that with all this diversity in belief and practice, most churches still agree on 90-95% of Christian teaching, and the other 5-10% we do not agree on falls in this category of distinctives.
WORD OF HOPE is part of the Wesleyan denomination, but we share many things in common with other believers. So, what in the world is a Wesleyan?
The Wesleyan Church is orthodox in belief, adhering to orthodox positions regarding the nature of God, Christ, the Trinity, and Christ's birth, death, resurrection, ascension, and imminent return.
We are confident in the Bible as our written source for spiritual guidance. We believe that personal faith in Christ is our only hope for salvation. We look to Christ and his Word for our example for life. And we believe that we need each other for effective spiritual growth, encouragement and maturity in our daily Christian walk. For more information about The Wesleyan denomination, click here.
At the core, we are a warm and friendly group of people who try, with God's help, to live the kind of life that brings honor to Him. We look to the Bible as our primary source of direction in our worship and lifestyle.
We are life-centered in our teaching and sensitive to the needs and concerns of others. We give people the opportunity to put their faith into practice through any number of avenues of service. We are honored to take our place among the many who are called Christians. We laugh and cry together, rejoice and grieve together, grow together and walk in faith together. We aim to be a family for all.
There is room for you at WORD OF HOPE!
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