Jesus said, “Come to me ALL who labor and are
WHO WE ARE:
We believe all means all. All people are welcome and the real hospitality we offer to all people, all of the time, matters. All are welcomed to worship, take Communion, and connect in this congregation. All people are expected to greet and welcome others. All are encouraged to be part of several circles of friends, circles of service, and one spiritual cell group.
We assume the best, and finding the good and the positive are first responses to people, projects, changes, and ideas.
We are not afraid to try, to risk, to question. A culture and attitude of grace and love make this possible. We open ourselves to “burning bush” calls from God and we welcome and encourage people to throw gasoline onto these burning bush communications, not water.
Worship is essential and we strive to make it meaningful, inspiring, accessible, and excellent. It is first about thanking and praising God, and second about the main time when most of the community gathers to grow and know God and God’s people more.
Education and learning for all ages is essential. We must continually plan, organize, promote, and carry out meaningful Christian learning opportunities. This can be found in Preschool, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Youth Groups, Summer Camps, Bible Studies, Cell Groups, and so much more.
We have fun! We cannot take ourselves too seriously and believe that good things happen when the Church family plays together. This is where we build relationships of trust and offer points of entry for others.
We are not clergy or staff dependent. We utilize clergy and staff to identify, equip, and encourage people to serve God alongside them and others. All are called to serve God and do ministry; paid servants of God have a role and unpaid servants have a role. We pay some to serve (as staff) because they have the time, experience, or special gifts to address an area of ministry that is too important to leave to chance.
All of our teams and administrative organization/activities exist to help further ministry; they are not ends in themselves. They help organize, coordinate, and pay for ministry. They are necessary for us to function, go, and do.
People, not programs or traditions matter most. Programs and traditions exist for people, not the other way around.
We don't promote islands or lone rangers. Connection, communication, and coordination of all people, visions, and activities are essential. Alignment of all resources, teams, groups and efforts with the mission, vision, and priorities must happen.
The Church facilities are a means or tool to be used to further the work of Jesus in the world. This is the only requirement we use to determine what happens within these walls and who utilizes the church building. Grand View is neither a rental space nor a club house. All church property is used only for the mission and ministry of Jesus. (Not for garage sales, graduation parties, etc.)
Membership means something. All are invited to attend and participate. Membership is a formal commitment and pledge to give to God and to Grand View ones :
Prayers for others, the Church and the world.
Presence at activities, events, and worship unless sick or out of town.
Money: all should be working to give a tenth of income to God’s representative on earth, the Church.
Service: all have gifts, abilities, and experiences that are needed to serve God.
Witness: how we talk about our church and God, as well as our invitations to others to be a part of the Church and the Christian lifestyle.
Membership is not simply getting a name on a list so that the church will serve the need for facility use or religious rite of passage (baptism, marriage, confirmation, funeral).
We make the commitment to serve as much and give as much outside of our walls, in fulfilling the Great Commission and Great Commandment, as we do within our walls. (Matthew 22, 25 & 28)
Invitation and Encouragement. All attached to Grand View will invite people to be a part of worship and the life of Grand View, and encourage these people to get attached. We constantly and continuously invite and encourage because we believe we have something good and worthwhile here and we want to share that with you! We also encourage one another constantly; sharing love, concern, and resources.