Mission & Core Values

Mission Statement

Our mission is to Gather, Equip, and Empower people to joyfully do Christ’s work.

Vision Statement

Preparing passionate followers of Jesus Christ to identify, nurture, and encourage Spiritual Gifts to benefit the church, the greater community and the world. ‘

Motto:

For the Love of Christ

First Lutheran Church Core Values and Beliefs

We believe that every person is unique.  We believe that we are all created by God, loved by Jesus Christ, set apart and sustained by the Holy Spirit.  Everybody has in their possession certain Spiritual Gifts, and each is important in fulfilling our Mission and our Vision.  First Lutheran Church is also unique, and we affirm our Values and Beliefs.

Faith—Personal faith in Christ is basic to everything we do. (I Corinthians 15:3-4)

We are saved by grace and justified through faith alone in Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1 & 9)

We are born in sin.  Out of love Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. (Romans 5:8)

Jesus rose from the grave, ascending into heaven to give us salvation. (Luke 24:45-52)

Inspiration—The Bible is God’s inspired Word calling us to a renewed life in Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit to follow His will. (II Timothy 3:16-17)

We value studying God’s Word to grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (II Peter 3:18)

The Bible calls us to: ª prayer… ª evangelism… ª love… & ª holy living. (I Timothy 2:1-4)

We celebrate God’s grace in the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19-20; I Corinthians 11:23-26)

The Ten Commandments and Luther’s Catechism further inspire us as Christians. (Exodus 20)

The biblical truth of God’s beauty and holiness are enhanced through music, visual arts and architecture, inspiring believers in our worship and work together. (Exodus 15:11; Psalms 8:1; 27:4 & 150)

 

Relationships—We welcome all people to become followers of Christ with us. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Christian relationships are lived out at home, at work and within the community which involves every aspect of our lives. (Colossians 3:12-24)

Integrity includes accountability, honesty, respect for others, and appropriate boundaries. (Ephesians 4:14-32)

We affirm that the only right use of sexual intimacy is in the committed marriage relationship of a man and a woman, which is holy and blessed by God. (Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4)

Vital faith life is further developed through small group ministry. (Matthew 18:20)

Stewardship—The Holy Spirit calls forth spiritual gifts, resources and talents to advance our mission together. (Ephesians 4:11-13; Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12)

Jesus set the example of servanthood for us to follow. (Mark 10:45)

We care for, maintain and utilize our facilities for the support of our mission. (II Kings 22:4-6)

Generosity in tithes and offerings are essential to advance our mission outreach. (Malachi 3:10; II Corinthians 9:6-7)

We promote good stewardship of all our resources including money, time and all that God has created.  (Genesis 1:27-28, 2:15; Psalm 8:4-8)

As Christian stewards we strive for excellence in faith and balanced living. (Philippians 4:8; II Peter 1:5-8)

Transformation—Transformed by Christ, we bring others to transformation in Christ. (Romans 12:2)

As devoted followers we are called to make this world a better place.  (Philippians 2:14-16a)

We value working together to help people recover from sins, addictions and other illnesses that take away life, transforming all of us to become more Christ-like. (John 10:10)

Our call to evangelism inspires witnessing personally and publicly, inviting others, serving with compassion and reaching out to the greater community. (Acts 1:8)

 

Listing our values and beliefs, while important, is not enough.  We must move into the future with passion and commitment that will enable us to grow and become even more vital with outreach to our community and world.