For every person, group, corporation or organization there is a creed, axiom, tenet or ethos that drives everything they do. Most of these ideas aren't always written. Often, they go unsaid and yet still are clearly definable through careful observation of actions and results. For a church, this is more than just a statement of beliefs. Rather, it is how our beliefs move us and what results we anticipate through acting like we believe what we say. So here it is... our Ethos.
- We know that people are the heartbeat of Jesus and of this church.
- We believe that our heart and soul, our best promoters are our Members.
- We believe that each person has been given an insatiable desire to connect with our Creator. This connection reminds us of our love for Jesus and our gratefulness for all He’s done in us. And this love sparks various responses. We call this worship.
- Being a Christ-follower means more than just reading your bible. It means following in the dust of His footsteps, going where He goes, loving whom He loves. This isn’t always popular. We’re okay with that. It’s sometimes messy and unglamorous. We’re okay with that, too.
- We encourage relationships outside of The Grove. God has given each of us specific areas of influence for His purposes. We use this influence with integrity in all our relationships with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers and invite them to experience the overwhelming love of Christ. We do all we can to continually foster real, life-changing encounters with God.
- Our guests are the most important people on campus. We greet each person with a warm smile and provide them every resource to make their time with us memorable. We spare no convenience and are ready with a helpful answer to any question.
- Church is not something we do for an hour each Sunday. It is a continual work established by Christ Himself to strengthen and build the worldwide Body of Believers.
- When we come together, we are there for each other; to encourage redemption, transformation and growth, becoming the people God has created us to be.
- Our lives are a sacrifice to God. This is evident in our sacrificial giving, sacrificial serving and sacrificial involvement in the lives of other Believers.
- We commit to remembering the broken body and spilled blood of Jesus Christ, the symbol of our own brokenness and His putting all things right again.
- We identify with Christ in His death and resurrection through the act of baptism. We believe that baptism is for all of us. We remember our baptism and how Christ has pulled us from such a great depth.