Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
God created us—all of us—as a community of people who experience complete wholeness in Him as well as deep, meaningful relationships with each other. But God’s dream was shattered by our attempt to live life without Him, alienating us from God, from ourselves and from everyone else.
Jesus is the solution. He began His ministry by announcing that He had come to bring good news to the poor, to release the oppressed, and to set the prisoner free. These are what it looks like to live in God’s kingdom, which we experience through the restoration of what was lost when we first turned away from God.
We believe that full harmony—with God, within ourselves and in our relationships—will not completely happen until the promised return of Jesus. But we are invited to experience restoration and to extend it to others, right here and right now. We’re invited to advance the kingdom revolution of Jesus worldwide.
We want to be a community that lives what we believe. These five practices serve as guidelines for a way of life that best helps us live in and share the kingdom of God. (They also form a convenient acronym—CABLE.)
We care for the poor and the vulnerable by praying, serving, giving our time and money. We meet the needs of those who need us.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1.27
Care for the poor and the vulnerable as we extend compassion.
Acknowledge our journey with one another as we pursue authentic community.
We invite others into our lives. We’re honest, open and vulnerable and we join others in their journeys. We walk through life together.
“…spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10.24–25