We are a network of home churches, micro churches, and community servants gathered together around Jesus. We confess Him as God, King, Teacher, and Savior, and seek to follow Him in all aspects of daily life.
We share time and resources as well as provide care for each other and our neighbors.
We work across barriers of race, class, gender, and culture to foster wholeness in relationships and pursue redemption in conflict.
We demonstrate an alternative to conflict by proactively loving and serving others - even our enemies.
We encourage the role each individual plays in building up the community of disciples and in loving our neighbors.
We discover God’s will together, and commit to give and receive counsel from the Word.
We recognize the call to be kingdom-minded followers of Jesus will result in opposition from many sources. We resolve to prioritize love, Kingdom principles, and faith in all trials, tribulations, and persecutions.
We seek to be a visible representation of the Kingdom of God sharing the message of salvation, justice, peace, and joy to our families, friends, neighbors and all people locally as well as globally.
…in the way of love:
Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31 NASB)
Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14 NASB)
…living as Kingdom citizens:
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. (Matthew 4:23 NASB)
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NASB)
…faithfully where He has placed us:
‘This is what God’s kingdom is like,’ said Jesus. ‘Once upon a time a man sowed seed on the ground. Every night he went to bed; every day he got up; and the seed sprouted and grew without him knowing how it did it. The ground produces crops by itself: first the stalk, then the ear, then the complete corn in the ear. But when the crop is ready, in goes the sickle at once, because harvest has arrived.’ (Mark 4:26-29 The Bible for Everyone: A New Translation)
“Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road…Other seed fell on the rocky ground...Other seed fell among the thorns…Other seeds fell into the good soil…” (Mark 4:3-8 NASB)
We believe it is God’s desire for every disciple to actively love others, advance the Kingdom, and live by faith. We encourage the role each individual plays in loving our neighbors and building up the community of disciples. The Peace Church emphasis is to meet God where He is working as we share life with others and proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. The focus of all resources including time, abilities, and finances will be dedicated to:
We seek the peace and prosperity of the neighborhoods and communities where God has placed us. We prayerfully and actively serve, love, and minister where God has placed us. We support local non-profit organizations and ministries by giving of our time, abilities, gifts, and finances to their causes. (Jeremiah 29:7)
God has placed us in neighborhoods, communities, and work places in order to extend His Kingdom on earth. As we live, work, and serve people who have not yet responded to Jesus’ Gospel of peace we invest our lives in the lives of others through intentional relationships, practical service and Christ-like care. As God leads us we invite others to make Jesus the centerpiece and focus of their lives, and to join us in advancing His Kingdom. We live as disciples of Jesus in the context of community by making disciples of others. (Peter 2:4-5, 1 Thessalonians 2:8, 2 Timothy 2:2)
As we serve our neighborhoods and communities establishing Kingdom centered relationships we aspire to establish home churches and micro-Churches. These small gatherings allow us to encourage one another to follow Jesus, by growing as disciples, being discipled, and learning to disciple others. The meeting place ministry is where we preach, teach, and dialog about God’s Word.
As we help one another follow Jesus God may lead us to establish centrally located third spaces which can be used to serve the community, facilitate building kingdom-centered relationship, and as a hub for meeting place ministries.
JESUS is God, King, Teacher, and Savior. He is the centerpiece and focus of life.
THEREFORE, we live in a way which shows the world that Jesus is our God, King, Teacher, and Savior. We live under the sovereignty, reign, teaching and saving grace of Jesus. Our purpose is to advance the Kingdom of Jesus on earth.
We live a life of devotion to Jesus, participating in a community of believers and identifying people who need reconciliation. We invest our lives in their lives by inviting them to make Jesus the centerpiece and focus of their lives and to join us in advancing the Kingdom. We live as disciples of Jesus in the context of community by making disciples of others.
We embody Jesus’s presence in the world. We work with Jesus according to His instruction, principles, and lifestyle to advance His Kingdom on earth. We prioritize sharing the message of Jesus with others. We encourage living, working, and serving among people who have not responded to Jesus’ Gospel of peace.
We support and encourage preaching, teaching, and dialog about God’s Word. We value relationships above traditions and institutions. We innovate, adapt, change, have a decentralized structure, and proactively evaluate established systems.
Scripture Reading and Study
Hospitality & Generosity
Accountability: encouragement, correction, and forgiveness
Council: give and receive guidance
Human to God
Person to Person
Group to Group
We believe that the fellowship of Jesus Christ is one body comprised of many members, ordered in such a way that through unity in the Spirit believers are built together into a dwelling place of God. The emphasis of Peace Church is to encourage the role each individual plays in loving our neighbors and building up the community of disciples. We also believe there is a place in the fellowship of disciples for servant-hearted leadership, recognizing pastoral leadership comes in the gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. (Ephesians 4:11-12 NASB)
The gifting of these servant leaders will be used in the following application:
EQUIPPING: Interactive preaching and teaching of the Word will take place in the context of home churches and micro-churches; both in person and online. Informal, facilitator led conversations as well as discipleship partnerships will also be a component of the equipping emphasis.
GUIDING COUNCIL: The facilitation of communication and decision making within the Peace Church network will be done through a guiding council consisting of Meeting Place leaders and the Ministry Support Team.
MINISTRY SUPPORT TEAM: The Ministry Support Team at Peace Church will consist of servant leaders in the following functions:
Administration – The Administration Team’s focus will include maintaining legal records, reporting, and finances. The team will communicate administrational issues to the Guiding Council and also to affiliate agencies.
Communication - The Communications Team will facilitate communication between home churches, micro-churches, the Guiding Council, and the Ministry Support Team. The communication team will also oversee social media and online video teaching.
Prayer - The Prayer Team will identify specific prayer needs and plan ways for all who support Peace Church to engage in prayer for Peace Church.
Encouragement - The Encouragement Team will keep in touch with home church leaders, micro-church leaders, the Ministry Support Team, and the Equipping Ministry to offer encouragement and emotional support, as well as initiate ways for other people to share in caring for these servant leaders.
At Peace Church financial gifts will be given willingly, humbly, sacrificially, and proactively. Financial resources will be used to meet the needs of others, promote equality, and support the ministry. (2 Corinthians 9:7, Matthew 6:4, Mark 12:42-44, Luke 12:33, Matthew 19:21, Romans 12:8, Matthew 5:42, 1 Corinthians 16:2, Acts 2:45, Acts 4:34, 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, Philippians 4:15).
We believe that God exists and is pleased with all who draw near by faith. We worship the one holy and loving God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit eternally. God has created all things visible and invisible, has brought salvation and new life to humanity through Jesus Christ, and continues to sustain the church and all things until the end of the age.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Word of God become flesh. He is the Savior of the world, who has delivered us from the dominion of sin and reconciled us to God by his death on a cross. He was declared to be Son of God by his resurrection from the dead. He is the head of the church, the exalted Lord, the Lamb who was slain, coming again to reign with God in glory.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the eternal Spirit of God, who dwelled in Jesus Christ, who empowers the church, who is the source of our life in Christ, and who is poured out on those who believe as the guarantee of redemption.
We believe that all Scripture is inspired by God through the Holy Spirit for instruction in salvation and training in righteousness. We accept the Scriptures as the Word of God and as the fully reliable and trustworthy standard for Christian faith and life. Led by the Holy Spirit in the church, we interpret Scripture in harmony with Jesus Christ.
We believe that God has created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, and that God preserves and renews what has been made. All creation has its source outside itself and belongs to the Creator. The world has been created good because God is good and provides all that is needed for life.
We believe that God has created human beings in the divine image. God formed them from the dust of the earth and gave them a special dignity among all the works of creation. Human beings have been made for relationship with God, to live in peace with each other, and to take care of the rest of creation.
We confess that, beginning with Adam and Eve, humanity has disobeyed God, given way to the tempter, and chosen to sin. All have fallen short of the Creator’s intent, marred the image of God in which they were created, disrupted order in the world, and limited their love for others. Because of sin, humanity has been given over to the enslaving powers of evil and death.
We believe that, through Jesus Christ, God offers salvation from sin and a new way of life. We receive God’s salvation when we repent and accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In Christ, we are reconciled with God and brought into the reconciling community. We place our faith in God that, by the same power that raised Christ from the dead, we may be saved from sin to follow Christ and to know the fullness of salvation.
We believe that the church is the assembly of those who have accepted God’s offer of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. It is the new community of disciples sent into the world to proclaim the reign of God and to provide a foretaste of the church’s glorious hope. It is the new society established and sustained by the Holy Spirit.
We believe that the mission of the church is to proclaim and to be a sign of the kingdom of God. Christ has commissioned the church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them to observe all things he has commanded.
We believe that the baptism of believers with water is a sign of their cleansing from sin. Baptism is also a pledge before the church of their covenant with God to walk in the way of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Believers are baptized into Christ and his body by the Spirit, water, and blood.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sign by which the church thankfully remembers the new covenant which Jesus established by his death. In this communion meal, the church renews its covenant with God and with each other and participates in the life and death of Jesus Christ, until he comes.
We believe that in washing the feet of his disciples, Jesus calls us to serve one another in love as he did. Thus we acknowledge our frequent need of cleansing, renew our willingness to let go of pride and worldly power, and offer our lives in humble service and sacrificial love.
We practice discipline in the church as a sign of God’s offer of transforming grace. Discipline is intended to liberate erring brothers and sisters from sin, and to restore them to a right relationship with God and to fellowship in the church. The practice of discipline gives integrity to the church’s witness in the world.
We believe that ministry is a continuation of the work of Christ, who gives gifts through the Holy Spirit to all believers and empowers them for service in the church and in the world. We also believe that God calls particular persons in the church to specific leadership ministries and offices. All who minister are accountable to God and to the community of faith.
We believe that the church of Jesus Christ is one body with many members, ordered in such a way that, through the one Spirit, believers may be built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
We believe that Jesus Christ calls us to discipleship, to take up our cross and follow him. Through the gift of God’s saving grace, we are empowered to be disciples of Jesus, filled with his Spirit, following his teachings and his path through suffering to new life. As we are faithful to his way, we become conformed to Christ and separated from the evil in the world.
We believe that to be a disciple of Jesus is to know life in the Spirit. As the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ takes shape in us, we grow in the image of Christ and in our relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is active in individual and in communal worship, leading us deeper into the experience of God.
We believe that God intends human life to begin in families and to be blessed through families. Even more, God desires all people to become part of the church, God’s family. As single and married members of the church family give and receive nurture and healing, families can grow toward the wholeness that God intends. We are called to chastity and to loving faithfulness in marriage.
We commit ourselves to tell the truth, to give a simple yes or no, and to avoid the swearing of oaths.
We believe that everything belongs to God, who calls the church to live in faithful stewardship of all that God has entrusted to us, and to participate now in the rest and justice which God has promised.
We believe that peace is the will of God. God created the world in peace, and God’s peace is most fully revealed in Jesus Christ, who is our peace and the peace of the whole world. Led by the Holy Spirit, we follow Christ in the way of peace, doing justice, bringing reconciliation, and practicing nonresistance, even in the face of violence and warfare.
We believe that the church is God’s holy nation, called to give full allegiance to Christ its head and to witness to every nation, government, and society about God’s saving love.
We place our hope in the reign of God and its fulfillment in the day when Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. He will gather his church, which is already living under the reign of God. We await God’s final victory, the end of this present age of struggle, the resurrection of the dead, and a new heaven and a new earth. There the people of God will reign with Christ in justice, righteousness, and peace for ever and ever.