What We Believe
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Our MISSION, VISION & values
In 2015, the pastors and elders of Elmbrook Church embarked on a new journey – one that would define to define the future of Elmbrook Church. Who they believed God was calling Elmbrook to become. After much prayer and hundreds of hours of countless conversations, the following Mission, Vision and Values emerged.
In addition to our beliefs, which will never change, the Mission, Vision and Values direct our decisions as a church, and paint a picture of where we believe God is leading us.
At Elmbrook Church, our mission is to help people become rooted in Jesus and released to His mission. From our weekend services and exciting programs just for kids and students, to thriving Life Group communities, our focus is always on growing deeper in and our relationship with Christ and one another. And the outworking of being rooted in Christ is a life of purpose -- one that is fully released to His mission.
Our mission at Elmbrook Church is to help people become rooted in Jesus and released to His mission.
Rooted In Jesus:
- Rooted In God's Love
- Rooted In God’s Word
- Rooted In Community
- Rooted In Obedience
Released to His Mission:
- Released to Live Purposefully
- Released to Live Contagiously
- Released to Live Compassionately
- Released to Live Generously
IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS:
- 1 Person at a Time
- 10 New Church Plants/Multi-Sites
- 100 Leadership Training Center Graduates Per Year
- 1,000 “Points of Light”
- 10,000 People Attending Weekend Services
Our primary desire is to create disciples who are rooted in Jesus and released to His mission. The following values demonstrate how we uniquely do this at Elmbrook.
WE LISTEN TO GOD’S VOICE.
We believe we must always begin and end with God’s voice, not our own. Thus we seek God’s Word to show us his heart and desires for our lives and ministries. God’s written Word points us to the Living Word, Jesus. We also commit ourselves to listening to God’s voice through prayer, knowing true power and guidance comes from God.
(1 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:11, Hebrews 4:12; Ezra 8:5,6;
WE DIVE IN WITH PEOPLE.
We believe our focus in ministry should be the same as Jesus’: people. We will value people over programs, diving into the mess of their lives in order to find the masterpiece that God has designed them to be.
(Ephesians 2:10; Luke 19:10)
WE GO BEYOND THE WALLS.
We will endeavor to reach the whole world which compels us to engage both our local community and the far reaches of the world in a spirit of humility and collaboration with the global body of Christ.
(Matthew 28:18; Acts 1:8)
WE OPEN OUR HANDS.
We recognize all of our time, treasures and talents are gifts from God and we will humbly share these resources—including our successes and failures—with other churches, ministries and people.
(2 Corinthians 9:11)
WE FORGE NEW PATHS.
We are compelled by the love of Christ. We will, by faith, take risks and push the limits of entrepreneurial creativity to advance the Kingdom of God. We will be curious learners, always looking for new ways to reach people.
(Hebrews 11; Romans 15:20; Proverbs 1:5; Matthew 11:29)
WE MULTIPLY AT EVERY LEVEL.
We believe our greatest success will be reproducing leaders, ministries, initiatives and churches. We will never lead alone, but will continually build into apprentice leaders who will then multiply our ministries and church.
(2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 16:18)