Mission, Vision, Values
Our mission, individually and corporately, is to live our lives to glorify God by
proclaiming the good news of Jesus to everyone in Langhorne, in Lower Bucks County
and Philadelphia, and to the ends of the earth.
One more life transformed by the power of the gospel,
One more worshiper praising the infinite God,
One more disciple equipped to make one more disciple,
One more community living out mercy and love,
One more leader proclaiming the truth of the Scriptures,
One more mission deployed to the ends of the earth.
The following values should inform our understanding and guide our practice as we
seek to implement our mission and achieve our vision:
In response to God’s glory, holiness, majesty, mercy, love, and the
gracious redemption provided in Jesus Christ, the primary privilege and
responsibility of the church is to worship God with praise, adoration, and submission
to his will in our individual lives, families, regular corporate worship, and through
obedient action and service in all of life.
The good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is the
power of God for salvation to all who believe and the message that is continually
needed to bring every Christian to maturity in Christ. Therefore, all of our preaching
and teaching should be saturated with the gospel.
Recognizing God’s unlimited power, unchangeable nature, unceasing
love for us, the atoning sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, our constant need for
repentance and forgiveness, and our inability to do anything without the Holy Spirit’s
indwelling power, we should be people of constant prayer—making it a daily priority
in every facet of our lives.
The primary mission of the church is to evangelize—inside and outside
the church. Our post-Christian culture makes the United States a mission field. The
local church should be moving outward, into this mission field, with a clear
understanding of the culture, strategies that both engage and challenge the culture,
and an unwavering message of salvation through Christ alone.
Christians are created for community. Our love for one another can
be a great witness to non-Christians who observe or experience this community.
Healthy community should be both a goal of our life together and a strategy for our
outreach as we seek to build relationships with non-Christians by serving our local
neighborhoods with God’s mercy and love.
The church is a catalyst for transformation. We are
transformed from death to life; we are transformed by the Word of God in the spirit of
our minds; we are transformed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; and we carry a
transforming message to a world in need of transformation. The church should
expect transformation in our midst and pray for transformation as we go into the
The gospel transcends the barriers of culture. This should be
reflected in our outreach efforts, our membership demographics, and our style of
worship. The United States is no longer a melting pot where individual cultures
assimilate into the national culture; rather, it is a multicultural nation that recognizes
and values all cultures. The church is the only place where every nation, tribe,
people, and language can live together in unity under one Lord and Savior. The
local church should be a model of transcultural unity.
The gospel bridges generation gaps. Although there are times
when meeting in age-specific groups is completely appropriate, every effort should
be made to create opportunities for those in different stages of life to learn together,
grow together, serve together, worship together, and care for one another.
Churches exist to multiply. We make new disciples, we raise up
new leaders, we form new communities, and we plant new churches. Passivity,
complacency, and the status quo are contrary to the mission of the church.