"We exist to love God, love others as ourselves, and be disciples who make disciples."
Purpose, n. "the reason for which something exists"
"We aspire to fulfill our purpose by developing ministries to reach and teach children, welcome all who are searching, and invite everyone to participate in God's great redemption story.”
Vision, n. "the specific calling given to a particular church in a particular location, full of meaning and hope"
We need a purpose to define the reason we exist. We need a vision to aim us in the right direction. And since it matters not just what we do, but the way we do it, we need values to serve as our guiding principles. Here are seven core values that put the "heart" in Heartland.
In everything we do, we fix our eyes on Jesus of Nazareth. We focus on Jesus not just as an interesting historical figure, but as the living Christ. This is the faith that anchors our life together: Christ has died. Christ is risen! Christ will come again.
We are people of the book. We read from it, talk about it, and learn from it. We even make it our aim to live 'by the Book.' As we strive to love God and others, we trust this book called "the Bible" to get us there.
We are a praying church. We live and breathe our prayers to God. Our Sunday prayers shape our weekday prayers, and vice versa. We pray because we believe deep down that God hears, God cares, and God responds to the prayers of God's people.
Heartland's heart beats with mission. It's in our DNA. We are called as a church to participate in Christ's mission of restoration, locally and globally. To that end, we serve. We bless. We bring wholeness. We pray, "Lord, may your kingdom of love come to our community so that your good will is done here, as it's done in heaven."
This church does not need to be guilted into giving. It's just the way we do things around here. Generosity flows naturally from our gratitude to God, in whom our future is forever secured.
"Phileo" is the ancient Greek word for this defining feature of Heartland. Ours is a friendship love. A love that is relational, affectionate, and kind-hearted. It releases an air of warmth into the atmosphere. It feels like home. It is home.
While the core values mentioned above will never change, some things will change. The world that God so loves is not the same as it was yesterday. Therefore, we make the necessary changes—without sacrificing our DNA—for the sake of Christ and his ever–expanding kingdom.
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