OUR MISSION: FOLLOW CHRIST. LIVE FAITHFULLY. SERVE ALL.
Follow Christ: We read Scripture, pray continually, gather in worship, all to discover how Jesus lived and what Jesus taught.
Live Faithfully: We live faithfully as a response to the grace and faith that God gives to us as a gift (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Serve all: We are called to serve all people, regardless of any distinction, whether of political party, race, sexual orientation, class, social status, nationality, denomination, or religion.
Whether as a church or as individuals, we use this mission as a guide for how we live.
OUR VISION: A PEOPLE STRIVING TO REACH GOD’S COMMUNITY THROUGH LOVE.
We recognize “God’s community” leads us outside these walls. It is about our families, our neighborhoods, our schools, our work places, our county, our state, our nation, and our world. God’s community includes the homeless, the immigrant, the Muslim, the atheist. God’s community includes the friend and the stranger.
Our vision means that we ask ourselves as a church how what we do is helping us move toward that vision. Does it bring us closer to reach God’s community? If yes, then we claim it and move forward. If not, then we reject it and push it aside.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
OPEN ACCEPTANCE is our firm belief that every individual matters. Our welcome and embrace of others recognizes no distinctions.
“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female [or gay and straight, immigrant and native-born, black, white, or Hispanic]; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
PASSIONATE PRAISE AND WORSHIP defines a community that loves God intently and is interested in offering up communal thanks and praise that is both focused and creative. We call this worship “passionate,” because we recognize that it is a full-on faith commitment of the gathered assembly.
“When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.”(1 Corinthians 14:26)
ACTIVE GROWTH IN FAITH at Epiphany means that our lives must always be treated as unfinished products, awaiting more growth and meaning, even as we probe the deepest questions of faith and life. This growth in faith does not simply ask about our children and youth. For when does learning and growth end? Never! It is a continual process.
“But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)
ADVENTUROUS MISSION AND SERVICE implies that we want to serve. We joyously commit to being part of the transformation of human suffering and sorrow in the world. We call our mission and service “adventurous,” because we are invited to the joy and discovery that fills us as we find Jesus in lives of service.
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)
ENTHUSIASTIC GENEROSITY is our recognition that everyone at Epiphany has the responsibility and joy of living a grateful life that shares abundantly from personal blessings. We call our generosity “enthusiastic,” because of the joy that overflows into our lives as we give of ourselves.
“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)