Mission, Vision & Values

MISSION

To be transformed to be like Jesus, and to lead others to do the same.

VISION

To be a community of Christ followers dedicated to the restoration of all creation to God, embracing one another and our communities in love, empowering discipleship, for the purpose of building God’s kingdom in Stoney Creek and beyond.

VALUES- We are:

Christ Centered Living

Restoring Creation

Embracing Community

Empowering Discipleship

Kingdom Building

Christ-Centered

We live our lives based on the Bible, the absolute truth, that there is one true God and that Jesus Christ is His son; that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and Savior for all humanity and that He is our central source of support and stability. We believe it is God’s calling for us to model His life and love here in our communities.

Restoring Creation

God loves all people and wants us to have a relationship with Him. Unfortunately, from the beginning of creation, and as a result of the spiritual influence of this world, all people are born into opposition to Him.  As a result, we have been separated from God, and evil, sickness, and death have been allowed to destroy God’s creation.  Fortunately, because of His love for us, God has made a way for our relationship to be reconciled to Him.  If we turn away from our opposition and live according to the decrees of God, we can be restored in mind, body, and spirit through Jesus Christ.  Therefore we are dedicated to the restoration of all creation to God.

Embracing Community

As a community of people who love Jesus Christ we are spiritual brothers and sisters, equal before God.  We are united in love, sharing with one another so that no one is in need; and in relationship with one another – we live in such proximity that we know each other’s joys and sorrows and by using the special gifts God has given each of us, we encourage one another to persevere in the integrity and character of Jesus.

Empowering Discipleship

We desire to share our faith through relationships, community involvement, and daily living out the example of Jesus Christ. The very way we live our lives will be convincing evidence of God’s transforming power and Spirit working among us. We study and apply God's word, so as the opportunity arises we can confidently share the good news of the Gospel with people, empowering each other to achieve our full God-given potential.

Kingdom-Focused

We know that the moment we make Jesus Christ Lord of our life, believing that his death on the cross was the full payment for our wrong doings (sin) and accept that God raised Him back to life, we immediately enter into God’s eternal Kingdom here on earth and eventually Heaven.  We daily confess our sins knowing that God forgives us.  His loving grace welcomes us into His family where we show our allegiance through the act of baptism, seeking Him daily through His word and prayer.  In this way we are restored back into harmony with our Creator and out of thankfulness we worship Him with changed lives, honouring Him with excellence, purity, and righteousness in all that we say and do.

A ministry is a vehicle through which we exercise our values to achieve our mission. We are actively involved in the following ministries and are always open to God’s leading into new opportunities.

Community Care Ministry

We exercise our values through the demonstration of compassion within our community this is the manifestation of the love of Christ in us. As a first priority we will focus on meeting the needs of our church members and then, with the abundance that God provides, we will extend this ministry to the community we live in. While this does include providing financial relief, our focus is on embracing the holistic needs of our family, including but not limited to: food, clothes, education, counseling and pastoral care. We do these things out of a natural love and concern for our fellow man.

Corporate Worship Gatherings

We exercise our values through a weekly gathering. During this time of family gathering and celebration we share our time, energy & resources, and encourage everyone to enter into a deeper relationship with God through offering Him their gift of praise and worship. As a family of believers we share this time together encouraging and empowering one another to continue on in the pursuit of godliness. At these corporate gatherings we learn about God's truth through biblical teachings, and how to apply His truth so that we will live transformed lives and positively impact our community for the growth of the kingdom. We provide age specific biblical teaching opportunities for the various younger members of our body in order that they may learn more about God and be drawn into a deeper relationship with Him. We enter this time of worship and celebration understanding that it too is a tool for the purpose of discipleship, desiring that everyone be reconciled to God.

LiFE Groups (Learn  Intercede   Fellowship  Exhort)

We exercise our values through smaller collections of the church body, called LiFE Groups.  Groups of approximately 6-10 people meet regularly in homes to actively engage in God’s Word, lift up one another and our communities in prayer, enjoy fellowship, and encourage one another along the path of becoming more like Christ.  This is where we can truly embrace, challenge, sharpen our brothers and sisters in Christ so that we can be effective witnesses in our community. Our LiFE Groups are the most authentic way that we can discover together, the full life that Jesus has promised us.

Local School Nutrition Ministry

We exercise our values through volunteer involvement Lake Avenue School and Green Acres School each week.  Teams of volunteers go to offer our hands to schools that are considered, extremely needy.  These faithful teams, wash vegetables, cut food and deliver the Nutrition bins to all classrooms.  We are in contact with students, parents and staff each day, showing the light of Jesus in the way we handle the tasks given to us.  We serve over 500 children each day, from a variety of Nations, who come to Canada for a better life.  We look to build relationships with the staff, students, and parents as we work.  We have made great strides in this area, forming a number of relationships and introducing a new “Walking Wednesday’s” program, allowing the children time for physical activity and to develop new relationships.

Soccer Camp

We exercise our values through a Soccer Day Camp for children in the community. Each summer, campers are able to enjoy a full week of learning new soccer skills, meeting new friends, and hearing the Gospel. Every afternoon we have a segment called “Coaches Corner” where the coaches share an element of the Gospel or lesson from scripture.  After the presentation campers go into small groups where they can ask questions and talk about the lesson of the day.  It is our hope and prayer that all children would be able to hear and experience the truth that God desires to have a personal relationship with them through the saving grace of Jesus. More than just a week of sports, the Soccer Camp is designed to be a platform for embracing our greater community.

For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2:9-10 (NLT)

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 2 Corinthians 5:15 (NLT)

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  Ephesians 2:1-5 (NIV)

Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord… Acts 3:19-20 (NLT)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come; the old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21(NLT)

But if wicked people turn away from all their sins and begin to obey my decrees and do what is just and right, they will surely live and not die. Ezekiel 18:21 (NLT)

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)

All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32 (NLT)

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16 (NLT)

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3: 16-18 (NIV)

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith Romans 12:6 (NIV)

To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit 1 Corinthians 12:8 (NIV)

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9 (NLT)

Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:11 (NLT)

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son Colossians 1:13 (NLT)

And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth. Revelations 5:10 (NLT)

Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. Hebrews 12:28 (NLT)