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  • Restoration of People and Communities

    We are about the restoration of people AND communities because God is about restoration. We read in the Bible that Jesus is renewing “all things” (Rev. 21:5). This includes people, places, and things. God moves us out to be instruments of restoration, in all arenas of life, in all types of communities. That is what grace does. Grace not only saves, it restores.

  • Cooperation

    We think cooperation is a big deal because we were created for community. We cooperate because we need others and others need us. To refuse to cooperate with others often means that we value our own agenda(s) more highly than our neighbor’s. Again, we think that scripture informs us here. Collaboration and cooperation are not just good ideas when it comes to solving community problems, they are part of how God created us. We were made for relationships.

  • Giftedness and Purpose of Every Person

    We believe that everyone is made in God’s image, and everyone has a purpose. Work is one way we live out God’s purposes. Being a good neighbor and helping to restore broken communities (often directly or indirectly related to our vocations) is a part of living out God’s purposes.

  • Cultural and Socioeconomic Diversity

    The gospel moves us to serve others, regardless of cultural background, ethnicity, or economic status. We believe that life should be lived among a diversity of people…and it can be…because Christ is our peace and has broken down ethnic/racial/cultural barriers (see Ephesians 2:11-19).

  • Centrality of the Gospel

    The gospel is central to all of life. The life, death, and resurrection of Christ is the true hope for the city. Through Christ, we are reconciled to God and to one another.