The Kingdom of Heaven is the Kingdom of Right Relationships...
Our Mission: helping people discover the good news of Jesus.
Mission drives everything we do at Discovery. We want to journey with people deeper into the good news of Jesus.
This raises the question: what is the good news of Jesus? Glad you asked! We believe that God created the world and called it good (Genesis 1:31). This goodness is best expressed in the Hebrew word: shalom. Shalom describes a rich heirarchy of right relationships between God and people, between human beings, and between humans and the rest of creation.
However, humans rebelled against this good state of shalom and the impact of that rebellion (what we call sin) is broken relationships in each direction.
But, God did not leave us there! He sent his son, Jesus, to be with us, to live with us, to teach us about his kingdom, and ultimately to overcome the effects of sin through his death and resurrection. As a result God is reconciling all things to himself (Colossians 1:15-20), making a way for us to be in right relationship with him, with each other, and with his good creation.
This is grace, a good gift, good news indeed!
It doesn't end there, though. We get to participate in this adventure of renewal, restoration, and reconcilation.
Our mission is to invite everyone to participate in this adventure.
Our Vision: a multiplying church, planting multiplying churches.
We believe that the church is the primary vehicle through which Jesus builds his kingdom of right relationships. We want to join him in making disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20).
Central to our vision is the image of a Bridge. We seek to be a bridge building church, spanning individuals and organizations, families and insititutions, crossing barriers so that the kingdom of right relationships can take root in our community.
As we build bridges together we hope that disciples are made, leaders are developed, and new churches emerge in our area and all over the world.
Our Values: Relationships//Joy//Authenticity//Multiplication
At Discovery we have four core values that inform how we live out our mission and vision, and we represent them through four hashtags.
- #BetterTogether...the kingdom of right relationships is all about relationships! God, in essence, is a community of three relationships in one. And so we strive to honor people over programs to keep the kingdom at the center of all we do. We believe we really are better together.
- #FunIsSpiritual...the kingdom of right relationships is a party. While we are serious about our mission, we don't take ourselves too seriously, remembering that we are pointing people to good news.
- #ChurchForTheRestOfUs...in the stories of Jesus we see him consistently pursuing the outsider, the neglected, the forgotten, and the marginalized. Those who had been told they were "out" discovered the good news that they were now invited "in." The truth is that all of us are the rest of us, to be authentic is to admit our need for Jesus. And so we hope Discovery is a safe place for anyone to explore the good news of Jesus.
- #HeroMaker...we believe that following Jesus transforms us from receiving to giving. We are a community of disciples who invest in other disciples, working to pass along what we have experienced. We are not the heroes of the story, Jesus is, our desire is to be hero makers.