Glorifying God by loving him, loving others, and making disciples among all peoples.
Scripture teaches that God’s mission is for knowledge of his glory to cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). We believe that God has called his church for the purpose of accomplishing his mission in the world. At Shades Valley Community Church we seek to commit ourselves not to any self-created mission, but to God’s own mission. We love him by showing gospel love and speaking gospel truth to the ends of the earth.
The purpose of SVCC plays out in four main areas of our corporate life together. We love God, love others, and make disciples as we worship together, serve together, do life together in community, and are on mission together to the ends of the earth. For more information simply click on one of the four ministry areas listed above.
The values of Shades Valley Community Church act as boundaries within which we operate as we carry out our purpose. They are Biblical principles which we have found to be particularly important guides for our church within the time, place, and culture God has called us. These values serve as atmospheric conditions which influence how we approach our purpose and ministry.
-We need revelation: A word from God can make up for a lifetime of lost and wrong dialogue.
-God speaks to us primarily through the Scriptures but also through prophecy, dreams, visions, impressions, words of wisdom and knowledge, and in many other ways. Each of these “secondary” means are always understood in light of Scripture.
-We must understand our position and identity in Christ in order to grow freely and lovingly grow in Christ-likeness.
The Holy Spirit
-We are dependent upon the Holy Spirit for life, ministry and mission. He empowers us as individuals with unique spiritual gifts so that we might edify one another.
The Church Inward
-Life was never meant to be lived in isolation. We need one another to encourage us toward maturity in Christ.
-God has so designed the body of Christ that each of us is a meaningful part of it. Understanding who we are and our place in the body of Christ can be a messy process. Most of the mess is in relationships.
-Diversity within the Body is a good thing! God desires unity over uniformity.
-Christians who are easily offended and who withdraw and separate from others will never be able to grow and mature in their faith.
-There is no spiritually qualitative difference between the believers in the church and the Pastors or leaders of the church…just a difference in role. This belief is often expressed as the “Priesthood of all Believers” (1 Peter 2:9-10).
-Leadership is primarily a matter of servanthood and a servant’s heart (eg John 13:1-17) is to undergird all we do.
The Church Outward
-Healthy church growth is normally at a rate in which people can be meaningfully incorporated into relationships and the life of the church. We do not desire to have a large “crowd” of people who are not meaningfully connected to others in the body.
-Giving is an essential aspect of spiritual maturity. Therefore we need to be consistent and generous in giving of ourselves as well as our finances for the sake of one another and the sake of spiritual and physical needs in the world.
-Everyone is a “missionary” and called to make disciples of all nations. We strive to equip one another to fulfill this mission right where we are and wherever else to which the Lord may call us.
-To be missional is to marry mission with mercy. We are missional when we declare gospel truth and demonstrate gospel love. Any attempt to separate these things leads to missional malfunction.
The Four Streams
-We try to embrace the diversity within our faith family by intentionally blending four streams of Christianity into our life together – Orthodox, Evangelical, Charismatic and Liturgical.
- Orthodox – We are committed to “worshipping in truth,” connecting to the historical beliefs and teachings of the Apostle’s and the Nicene creeds as well as our Statement of Faith.
- Evangelical – We are committed to the Scriptures as being the inspired, inerrant, authoritative and sufficient Word of God. We believe everyone needs to experience a personal conversion to Christ resulting in spiritual transformation. We desire and responsibility for us to be an influence in transforming the culture for good.
- Charismatic – We are committed to being open to the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives embracing both ministry gifts and sign gifts.
- Liturgical – We are committed to embracing the historical Christian patterns as well as the arts in worship and the weekly experience of the Lord’s Supper.