Core Values

1. BIBLICAL AUTHORITY

The Bible is totally truthful and uniquely powerful. It is a complete and perfect guide for life. We will trust, teach, obey, and live it out loudly.

This is our first core value because it provides the foundation and framework for everything else we do and believe. We don’t claim to have all the answers about the Bible, but we believe it from cover-to-cover and trust that it is God’s perfect, infallible word to us.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

2. BIG FAITH

We will attempt big things for a big God. We will go “all in,” choosing to take risks in faith over playing it safe.

We want to do what God leads us to do whether it seems to make sense or not. This means giving big to the community and to global missions, and it means always considering our next step before it’s time to take it.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

3. WHATEVER IT TAKES

We will do whatever it takes, short of sin, to find people far from God and lead them to life in Jesus.

We will get creative when it comes to communicating our message to the community, and we will work hard to find ways to speak the language of our culture and be a safe place for people who are far from God to connect with us.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

4. EVERYBODY BELONGS

When we say everybody, we mean every color, every shape, every personality, and people with every kind of story imaginable. Everyone belongs, even before they believe.

We believe the church ought to be a home for people of every age, ethnicity, and socio-economic background. We ought to be able to befriend and do life with people who are unique and different than we are.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

5. MESSY MINISTRY

We are crazy about broken people. We hunger to see people healthy and growing and we’ll get our hands messy to make it happen.

We highly value counseling, coaching, and recovery ministry knowing in advance that it’s messy, requires time and involvement, and creates inconvenience. We love people who are hurting and want to do whatever we can to help.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

6. PASSIONATE WORSHIP

We won’t hold back when it comes to worship. We will express our love for God freely so that our passion for him is obvious to a watching world. Jesus is worth it!

We want our weekend worship experiences to allow freedom for believers who praise God by singing, raising their hands, and expressing worship in various ways, while also being sensitive to those who are still spiritual seekers.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

7. SIMPLE STRUCTURES

We walk with people through the next step on their journey to be just like Jesus, and we keep the pathway clear.

We avoid adding programs and focus on living out our purposes instead. We try to stay un-busy and uncluttered. We provide clear “next steps” for every person to take. And we trust our Pastors to lead us forward without red tape, committees, and business meetings. We vote as a church on only a few things, like buying land or building buildings.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

8. EMPOWERING AND RELEASING

We will bring out the best in people. We don’t use or control people. Instead we will involve, empower, and release people to do great, world-changing things for God.

When someone becomes part of the Grace Hills family, we’re careful to never ask what we can get from them but instead to ask what we can get for them. How can we help them discover their God-given SHAPE and serve his purposes in the most fulfilling way.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

9. FLEXIBILITY IN OUR APPROACH

We stay fast, fluid, and flexible. There are no sacred cows. We embrace the pain of change for the win of seeing more people meeting Jesus.

We try to avoid doing “annual” events and establishing traditions that may lose their meaning or effectiveness. Instead, we stay creative and cultivate a willingness to do things in a new way.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)

10. KINGDOM GROWTH THROUGH MULTIPLICATION

The local church is the hope of the world, and the kingdom comes first, even before our own success. We will multiply as believers, as small groups, and as a church to fill the world with God’s glory.

To fulfill the Great Commission, we want to help believers share their faith stories and share Jesus with their friends and family. We want to start new services, open new venues, expand to multiple sites, and plant daughter churches. And we want to dare people to host small groups that multiply into more small groups. And we will invest in and resource other like-minded church planters in our community and beyond.

(Read an article by Pastor Brandon expanding on this value.)