Eating Meals Together: We follow the biblical example of eating full meals together as a church on a regular basis (i.e. Acts 2:42-46, 1 Corinthians 11:17-34). Therefore, our weekly gatherings begin with a meal shared in common by all. This allows us to build authentic community and occasionally practice ministry during the meal conversations.
Bible Study:We follow the biblical example of devoting ourselves regularly to the study of scripture (i.e. Acts 2:42). Therefore, every other week when the meal is done, we study the Bible and attempt to practice what we learn in that gathering.
Open Ministry: We follow the biblical example of asking every member to plan and bring some ministry based on their spiritual gifts to our gatherings (i.e. Corinthians 14:26). Therefore, every other week when the meal is done, we dedicate time for the members to minister to each other in whatever way they feel led by God to use their spiritual gifts and talents. Imagine clusters of ministry in the room.
One-On-One Accountability: We follow the biblical example of forging intentional relationships to encourage each other to good works (i.e. Proverbs 27:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:11). Therefore, we ask all our members to have a weekly one-on-one encouragement and accountability conversation with at least one other member of the same gender outside of the weekly church gathering.
Ministry Beyond Members: We follow the biblical mandate of caring for and serving the world, not just our own membership, including meeting practical needs, offering love to the brokenhearted, and making new disciples of Jesus Christ (Luke 4:18, Matthew 28:18-20). While we work hard to be an authentic, mature community we also work hard to bless those outside our church (Luke 19:10).
Decentralized Funding: We follow the biblical example of asking our members to care for needs within and beyond our church family by giving money and possessions to those in need, overseen by the elders of the church. Therefore, we publish needs information for both people and ministries and ask our members to give directly to the needs God leads them to support rather than ask them to give mindlessly to a general fund that only a few leaders distribute from.