Every church family has distinctive values and traits that position them uniquely in the body of Christ. These are the elements that shape and inform everything we do, and they produce some differences you might find refreshing.
What Drives Us
We exist to raise up mature disciples of Jesus Christ.
We will foster a greater sense of belonging to our church family as we engage the needs of our community.
1. Our priority is a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. (Luke 10:38-42)
2. Our ministry is centered in the lives of people. (Genesis 12:3; Luke 19:10; Matthew 22:37-40)
3. Our foundation is life-related Bible teaching. (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
4. Our passion is to embody grace in all we do.
The universal church consists of all who have put their faith in Jesus Christ as personal savior. No local church can confer or withdraw this membership. We believe, however, that regular participation in the life of a local church is vitally important for every believer, and we encourage you to make this type of personal commitment. Although there is nothing Biblically wrong with formal church membership, for several reasons we have adopted the policy of having no formal Grace Church membership roll. Instead, we welcome anyone who has personally trusted Jesus Christ as savior, and who wishes to identify with Grace Church, to “join” through regular participation with us.
Jesus Christ is the head of Grace Church (Colossians 1:18, Colossians 2:9). Under His headship, we are governed by a plurality of elders, who are men called by the Holy Spirit to oversee the life of the church. Each of our elders is recognized by the existing group after an extensive process which includes examination of his Christian maturity and Bible knowledge in light of the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, a period of internship, and consideration of feedback received from the entire church body.
Individual giving is a form of worship — it should be done joyously, freely, generously and without internal or external compulsion. Consequently, we take no offerings during our services. Instead, we provide offering boxes at various locations, as well as the ability to give online, so that all who desire to worship God through giving can do so freely and privately. We do not want to hinder spiritual growth by resorting to man-made fundraising techniques that place people under pressure to give or create false guilt. Rather, we desire to provide everyone with the opportunity to give voluntarily.