Over the past months, the Leadership Team at Steamtown Church has been nailing down some of the basics, finalizing our Statement of Theology and Philosophy of Ministry. I had the privilege of word-smithing the core values and personally am pretty psyched about the values and where God is taking Steamtown. These are certainly not the only things which are important, but I feel they are some of the most important.
We at Steamtown are committed being a church which is…
The good news that Jesus death, burial, and resurrection has opened the way for us to be forgiven and restored to relationship with God is central to everything we believe and do. We are committed to the proclamation of this message and believe that spiritual redemption is foundational for all freedom. Our passion for redemption, however, extends to a desire to see each man, woman, and child freed holistically from every form of bondage. We are committed to seeing the freedom which is first spiritual extend to physical, financial, emotional, and relational redemption as well.
We believe an individual, in flesh presentation of God’s character is essential if people are to understand and connect with God. As Jesus imaged and expressed the Father to humanity, we as the body of Christ are to incarnate and express Jesus to those among whom we live. As the church, our lives must reflect authentic Christianity to those within our circle of influence. We are dedicated to becoming such an authentic, personal witness that those we know are forced to honestly evaluate the truth claims of the gospel in light of our undeniable life-change.
3) Monastic & Missional
We are the church gathered and scattered. We purpose to be a gathered community which exemplifies what a Christian body looks like and warmly invites a lost world to come and see. We are committed to being a body in which the world can see authentic worship, true love, illogical forgiveness, and transcendent purity lived out in the real world. But the church must also go and tell. We don’t live in a bubble. We’re committed to living in the world where people are—bringing eternal, unchanging truth to our time and culture. We desire to connect to people through the bridge of culture and reach them with the gospel.
We value authentic community among believers. We believe that the Christian’s spiritual development is directly related to his or her connections in a God-ward, relational community which supports, encourages, and lovingly challenges its members towards deeper intimacy with God. We are committed to every follower of Jesus being plugged in and doing life together in the context of a church community.