How do these values function in relation to our mission? Our mission is what we do; these values are how we do it. Regarding our missional commitment to "reach our community," for example, we do many things, but we do them all in accordance with the following principles. This applies to every aspect of our vision and mission.
These are the things that are therefore descriptive of our basic attitude as we strive to reach the Main Line with the transforming love of Jesus Christ.
The Bible forms the basis of our worship and our fellowship. We are committed to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them. We are committed to submitting to them entirely, and to critically applying them to the issues of our day and our community.
We read and apply the Bible to our common life through the lens of an Anglican identity. The pillars of this identity are worship centered around Word and Sacrament, reverence for church tradition under the authority of Scripture, submission to holy order in devotion and discipline, and critical appropriation of the classical formularies of the Church of England (the Book of Common Prayer, the Ordinal, and the 39 Articles of Religion).
Powered by Prayer
We are committed to prayer under the principle “unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it” (Psalm 127:1). We believe that the advancement of God’s kingdom is fundamentally his work, which he empowers us to do by his Holy Spirit. Our duty is to stay in step with that Spirit. Prayer is therefore not a pious appendage to our common life and mission, but the very foundation of our devotion, transformation, and mission strategy. When we pray, we expect God to answer.
Formational in our fellowship
We desire to form authentic, committed, and mutually submitted relationships that we may encourage, support, and challenge each other to know Christ more clearly, love Christ more dearly, and follow Christ more nearly among the swift and varied changes of life in this world. This is the heart of discipleship, the end goal of which is to be conformed by the Spirit of God into the image of Jesus the Son of the Father.
In our fast-paced culture, it is difficult to “be still and know that he is God” (Psalm 46:10). Our fellowship is committed to building opportunities to corporately wait patiently on the Lord, equipping the saints with strategies for devotion and discernment, and enjoying the benefits of Sabbath rest.
Lovers of beauty
True beauty is that which conforms to God’s original creative purposes. He invites us to share with him in that creative project (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15), an invitation all the more relevant in world whose original beauty is constantly marred by death and decay. We therefore honor excellence in all human vocations, including the arts.