Mission & Values
ORE CREEK MISSION STATEMENT
To lead lost people into new life in Christ, and lovingly develop them into fully devoted followers of Christ.
ORE CREEK VALUES
Grace – We believe that the Christian life begins and continues by grace through faith in Christ alone. Therefore, our appreciation of this most marvelous truth of God’s love and grace is the best motivator for following Christ obediently.
(Galatians 3:1-3/Ephesians 2:8-9)
Bible – We believe that the Bible is true, our ultimate authority, culturally relevant for life today, and an essential catalyst for significant change in our lives. Therefore, it is imperative that we learn to feed ourselves with it on a regular basis, and honestly wrestle with it as we teach others to follow Christ in every area of life.
(Matthew 4:4/2 Timothy 3:16)
Prayer – We believe that God invites His people to pray in order to enjoy Him and to hear His voice of affirmation and direction. We believe that God hears and answers our prayers according to His will. Therefore, prayer is the foundation upon which the lives and ministry of our church must be built.
(Colossians 4:2/ 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Relationship – We believe that life-change happens best in the context of rich, others-centered relationships. Nothing reveals better the quality of our relationship with the Lord than the quality of what we offer in our human relationships. Therefore, in order to love well, we need to be in deep authentic relationships.
(1 Corinthians 13:1-3/Galatians 5:13-14)
Outreach – We believe that those without a personal relationship with Christ matter to God. Because God values every person, we all should be involved both locally and globally in His purpose of bringing individuals into a living and hopeful relationship with Him. Therefore, we are to develop creative and free environments and loving relationships where individuals can puzzle over, ponder, and pursue God. This requires a willingness to sacrifice our consumer mentality of selfishness with our time, energy, and resources.
(Luke 15/Colossians 4:5-6)
People – We believe that every believer should be intentionally serving, ministering, and courageously risking involvement in others’ lives as Jesus did. God has designed His church to grow and function on the basis of spiritual gifts. Therefore, we desire to encourage and equip all Christ followers to discover, develop, and use their spiritual gifts through the Spirit’s empowerment and direction.
(Ephesians 4:11-16/1 Peter 4:10-11)
Authenticity – We believe that God desires us to be honest and transparent in our relationship with Him and each other; which results in passionate, real worship, and ministry that entices people to follow Christ more fully.
Maturity – We believe that the goal and normal lifestyle for every believer should be full devotion and continuous growth in Christ-likeness. Therefore, salvation is but the first step on the road to spiritual maturity that should result in believers reproducing themselves in others for His kingdom’s agenda.
(Philippians 2:12-13/2 Timothy 2:1-2)
Stewardship – We believe that everything was created by God and is owned by God. Likewise, our material possessions are from and belong to God. When God chooses to bless us with money, possessions, success, free time, etc., our appropriate response is to offer these blessings back to God for His glory and service. We believe that, as followers of Jesus, we should be giving back to Him a minimum of 10% (a tithe) of our incomes. We do this not because God or Ore Creek Community Church need our money, nor out of guilt; but rather, we give because God gave to us.
(Matthew 6:21/Acts 20:35)
Worship – We believe that we are to honor God with passionate praise and worship through our daily lives of devotion and growth. Therefore, we worship by giving all that we have to God, every day of the week, for His glory.
(Psalm 100/Romans 11:33-36)