Our Heart: Our Values, Vision & Mission

"Now I urge you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree in what you say, that there be no divisions among you, and that you be united with the same understanding and the same conviction."

1 Corinthians 1:10

 

At The Rock Church, we believe that our values are at the center of everything we aspire to do, and the ways we go about accomplishing that vision. Our values, vision for the future, and our mission in the community are at the core of who we are and what we do. These three things unite us as a church family and define why we exist.


We are a Foursquare Church that believes that Jesus is the Savior, Baptizer, Healer, and soon coming King. Click here for our doctrinal statement. 



core values

God’s Word – Inspired & Infallible.

God's word is absolute truth. It is the all-sufficient guide for faith and life on this earth. Memorizing scripture and reading the Bible daily is vital for our spiritual growth.


"All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17


God's Love – Unconditional & Forgiving.

We strive to demonstrate God's love to those we meet every day. God's love can restore lives and relationships whenever it is given the opportunity, and we desire to be a conduit for that life-giving and transforming love.


"Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been

born of God and knows God." - 1 John 4:7

 

Faithfulness – Persevering & Steadfast.

If you're around The Rock Church very long, you are sure to hear the phrase "Long obedience in the same direction." We believe that demonstrating faithfulness to the mission of Jesus; those we love, and those we serve can change our community and the world for the better.


"But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it and is not a forgetful hearer but one who does good works — this person will be blessed in what he does." - James 1:25


Giving – Joyfully & Immediately.

Because we see God's faithfulness in our lives every day, we gladly give Him our time, talents, and treasure. Our goal is to live with open hearts and hands, meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the world around us. We believe that God will transform our hearts as our focus moves off of ourselves and onto the needs of others.


"Each person should do as he has decided in his heart — not reluctantly or out of necessity, 

for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7

 

Family – God-Given & Blessed.

Healthy relationships foster growth and development for everyone involved. It is our desire to see healthy relationships in our homes, our church, and our community. By inviting God's love into each of these areas, we will see health and strength developed, and we'll gain a glimpse of Gods' Kingdom here on the earth.


"Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor." - Romans 12:10




OUR VISION: “ONE MORE!”

Our vision finds is basis in the understanding that discipleship happens most effectively face-to-face and either one-on-one or in a small group of individuals. The harvest is plentiful, and our heart is that we all be actively working to bring that harvest in. Each of us should be working to influence those around us with the Love and Truth of Jesus. The Kingdom is never full, and the Father’s house never runs out of room. When someone new surrenders their life to Christ we recognize that there is still room for “one more!”

OUR MISSION: WHY THE ROCK CHURCH EXISTS

Our mission follows the example set by Jesus that is recorded in John chapter four. Here Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman and begins a conversation with her. We see Him PURSUE a relationship with her through that conversation, making eye-contact with her, and speaking to her heart. As this relationship is developed, He has great INFLUENCE on her life. This influence quickly spreads from her own life to the lives of others as she runs to tell everyone about Jesus. Thus, the change her life begins to MULTIPLY throughout her city.

 

Through this passage, we believe that Jesus demonstrated what the Kingdom of God is really all about: relationship! According to this model, our mission is simplified -

 

PURSUEINFLUENCEMULTIPLY.

OUR STRATEGY: HOW WE WILL ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION

Having a great mission is worthless without a great strategy to make that vision a reality. How do we plan on getting this mission done? All we’ve got to do is BLESS those around us. If all of us do our part, we can reach those around us who are far from God and make our community better.


BEGIN WITH PRAYER: This first step, while simple and requiring very little from each of us is one of the most important things we can do. Simply pray for those in your life that don’t yet know Jesus. Ask God for an opportunity to share who He is with someone else.

 

LISTEN TO SOMEONE: This sounds easy, but it’s harder than it sounds. Don’t talk. Don’t give advice. Don’t talk about how things could be worse. Instead, simply let people share what they’re facing. Make good eye contact, listen well, and wait for God to open a door for your next steps.


EAT WITH THEM: There is something powerful about sitting down with someone over a meal or a nice cup of coffee. Eating with someone is one of the best ways to build relationship with them, and it’s an important part of our missional strategy for that reason.


SERVE THEM: The first three steps in our strategy will often lead you to understanding how to complete this step. When you take the time to listen to someone over a meal, and you develop that relationship, they will tell you how to love them. All you need to do is follow through.


SHARE YOUR STORY: You may have heard that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care. Your story is one of the best ways to introduce others to Jesus. Once you’ve earned their trust by completing the previous steps in the strategy, you will have made a friend, and earned the chance to share how Jesus has changed your life. Watch for that open door and walk right through it.