1 Corinthians 12:12 (NIV)
Commission: Mission is why the Church exists.
The Church is a movement, not an institution.
Every follower of Jesus is commissioned by God.
See: John 3:1-8; Acts 1:8; 8:1-14; Acts 2; Acts 8:26-40; Luke 4:14-21; Genesis 2:4-7; Ezekiel 37:1-10; Mark 4:41
Community: Love is the context for all mission.
The Church is relational, not programmatic.
Every follower of Jesus is part of a larger community.
See: John 4; John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-21; Psalm 42:1; Psalm 1:1-3; Isaiah 32:1-3;
Isaiah 58; John 7:25-44
Connection: Structure for mission must always submit to the Word & the Spirit.
The Church is empowering, not controlling.
Every follower of Jesus is called and connected uniquely to serve.
See: 1Cor. 12; John 15:1-17; Romans 11; Matthew 9:14-17; Romans 12:3-8; John 15:2; Jeremiah 31:31; 2Cor. 3
Communion: Relevance of mission to culture is not optional.
The Church is incarnational, not secretive.
Every follower of Jesus celebrates communion with God.
See: John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-9; Acts 13: 36; Acts 17:16-34; Romans 12:1-2; Genesis 22; Exodus 3; 1Kings 18:16-39; Psalm 51; 1Corinthians 9:19-23; Hebrews 12:29; 1 Cor. 14
Character: Creativity and growth is the natural result of spirituality.
The Church is transforming, not conforming.
Every follower of Jesus grows in Christ-like character.
See: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 8:4-15; 2Cor. 5:17-21; Ephesians 4:17-5:2; Genesis 2:7; Isaiah 64:8; 2Cor. 4:7-11
Since we voluntarily belong to an association of churches under the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, we also enthusiastically embrace the values (entitled "Our Character and Calling") that are shared by the greater body of like-minded churches that are consistent with the values articulated above.