We are deeply devoted to the Bible and following after Jesus Christ. Like the early church of Acts, we seek to be a place where discipleship is the radical minimum requirement, where every believer is part of the mission, where God’s presence is found, where the lonely find a home, the lost find hope and the hurting find grace, and where God is glorified in everything we do. What we believe
Village exists to…
- worship God
- teach the Scriptures
- care for one another
- proclaim the Gospel
The power of connection among people and with God is Village’s strength. By God’s grace we seek to be a church where:
|Explore how we are making our vision real|
|Failure connects with grace … as we are all welcomed into God’s arms, despite our sins.||Ministries|
|Cultures connect in unity … as all people are included in our family.||Ethnic Ministries|
|Emptiness connects with fullness … as we find our deepest longings satisfied in worshiping God.||Worship Services|
|Christ connects with world … as we spread God’s Truth through our words and deeds, person to person.||Global Ministry|
|Gifts connect with opportunity … as we use our God-given talents to meet needs.||Discover Your Spiritual Gifts|
Make prayer a priority in every ministry.
- Why? Ministry is ineffective apart from prayer.
- How? Every ministry sets aside time for prayer in all endeavors. Make sure every ministry leader understands that prayer is a basis and priority for an effective ministry. Keep moving towards developing a prayer walk, making Village a retreat center
Provide ongoing education, motivation, and opportunities that lead Villagers to financial stability and Biblical stewardship.
- Why? Over half of Villagers do not seem to understand Biblical stewardship
- How? Utilize Village University to bring credible voices to teach. Make sure teaching from the pulpit is faithful to address the issue as it comes up in the text. Keep challenging people to a great purpose and vision which encourages people to invest in what God is doing through Village
Every strategy is ultimately aimed at bringing every Villager to the “whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13) as delineated in our Marks of a Transformed Life.
- Why? Ultimately what matters is that we did not make decisions but made disciples. One day leaders will have to give an account, and what will matter most is that lives were transformed.
- How? Keep in front of the church the marks of a transformed life, encouraging education and small group ministries to assess their curriculum in light of these marks.
Challenge and equip parents to see that discipleship of their children is primarily their responsibility.
- Why? Much of what is accomplished in a church is short-circuited if there is not a supportive home. It’s what God mandates parents to do. (Pro 22:6)
- How? Provide ongoing classes, conferences for parents on how to spiritually nurture your kids.
Keep ministry, not buildings, as the focus.
- Why? When buildings eclipse ministry, churches institutionalize and die.
- How? Ensure that we never serve the facilities by always making sure they are serving the ministry. Make sure our ministry plan honors the facilities God gives us, but they serve to facilitate, not determine ministry.
LifeGroups are our primary means to do Community Connection.
- Why? LG’s can become insular, focused on self without an outward service opportunity. They are the natural settings for people who are committed and want to serve Jesus.
- How? Make sure every LG leader sits down with his group and plans the year, with the aim of at least two service ventures.
Bring people to spiritual maturity, through a commitment to worship, small groups, and education.
- Why? All three complete the whole work of transformation.
- How? Keep in front of people their need to be part of all three, as well as ensure that worship is first about worship, VU is first about education, and LG’s are first about relationships.
Encourage every Villager to make a covenant commitment to our church family.
- Why? When people join, there is buy-in to the ministry. Scripturally, if we are spiritual members of the universal church, it only makes logical sense we are physical members of the local church. It also allows for better accountability.
- How? Challenge people from the pulpit, from classes, from LG’s to join the body. Recruit people to experience Discover Village. Make the membership process more accessible, and make newest members more visible.
Communicate our Vision, Strategy, and Ministries in a way that compels Villagers to gain ownership in Village.
- Why? We are easily distracted and easily forget.
- How? Keep it in our print, visible on the web, and visible from the pulpit on a regular basis.
Build an effective staff that equips us for our vision.
- Why? Healthy leadership is critical to accomplishing the vision.
- How? Maintain good performance standards, accountability, and ongoing awareness of who God might be bringing to Village. Encourage all staff to intentionally mentor those who might one day replace them. Staff in a way that ensures we are a global, multicultural, caring, teaching church.
Utilize the latest technology and social media tools to connect Villagers with one another and with the world.
- Why? We need to avoid irrelevancy and obsoleteness.
- How? Build our Communications position into a director role, and unleash him to lead us in discerning the latest trends and what wise stewardship is.
Maximize visibility of our ministries to our community.
- Why? If people are going to buy in, they need to know what they are contributing to.
- How? Keep telling our story in fresh ways that compel people to join in.
Village is a diverse family that welcomes all people and cultures and is committed to spreading the love of Jesus Christ beyond these walls. We are here to help people find God’s grace and equip them to serve Christ. Our worship services and ministries aim to connect people with God, drawing upon the wisdom of over sixty years of ministry while creatively making use of current technology, arts and thinking. Village is a place for personal spiritual development, for true fellowship, for Christ-centered worship. Our priorities are simple: Village begins with loving God, and because of His character and command, we are a moved to love people. With an adventurous spirit we seek to have a great impact in hearts, our community and the world. We seek guidance in God’s purpose for the gifts He has given us and invite every member of the Village family to join in shaping this vision and to help make it a reality.