Who We Really Are

Real Place Real People 

Real People

We believe we can’t be what God has called us to be—a force for change in our world—if we play games with each other. What we need is authenticity. Whether it’s what happens in a worship service, within our small groups, in ministry teams, in mission teams or in our homes, we need to be able to share our faults and weaknesses and not fake it. We are real people living real lives—so let's be honest with each other about it. 

Real Truth

The Bible is the foundation for everything we do. We know it presents a challenging message of life change. We’re good with that, because we also know the Bible is God’s inerrant truth. We don’t expect everyone to know, or even believe the Bible; but we do invite everyone who comes through our doors to be open to exploring it.

Real Relevant

It may come as a surprise to you, but being relevant is the easiest thing we do, because there is nothing more relevant than the Bible. What's challenging about being relevant is doing the work of clearly connecting the Bible to our lives today. After all, the message hasn’t changed in over 2000 years—but our culture has. So we intentionally use current language and current experiences to communicate ageless truth. It’s not really ‘more’ relevant, but it sure seems that way.

Real Relationships

We know that real change only happens in the context of  our relationships. Our relationship with Christ, and our relationships with each other as Christ-followers. In fact, we know that you can't have one without the other. We change and grow by really doing life together. All of our small groups, ministry teams, and mission teams are geared toward keeping us connected with one another, as we stay connected and help others connect with Jesus.

Real Growth

We don’t expect everyone who walks into First Church to be at the same place on their spiritual journey as everyone else. After all, people can only be where they are. But we do expect everyone who is around our community for any length of time to be growing. We know that Jesus loves each of us so much, that he will meet us right where we are. But He loves us too much to leave us where we are. Real growth takes place as we begin to leave our comfort zones, and follow Him.