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What we believe

Our mission, vision, values and statement of faith give an overview of what we believe.


Our mission is “Helping everyday people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ.”


In 2010, God gave us a clear vision of how we can best live out our mission in our community. Our vision became “Building Homes of Faith”. This vision goes beyond age, ethnicity, education and family status. It is a vision that all of us are called to live out. Whether you have a family or not we are called to build a home of faith. We see our church coming alongside one another to live out this vision.

The vision of “Building Homes of Faith” is centered on four key pillars as we live our daily lives.

  1. Leaving safety for adventure. We tend to live in safety, but God calls each one of us to follow Him — no matter what. We are to live a life where we daily trust in Him. A home of faith will choose adventure over safety. (Matthew 4:18-22)
  2. Leaving greed for generosity. We tend to hold on, but God calls us to live a life of generosity. Generosity comes out of your poverty not out of your wealth. A home of faith will choose generosity over greed. (Matthew 25:14-30)
  3. Leaving comfort for compassion. We tend to focus on our needs and schedules rather than the needs of others, but God calls us to live a life of compassion… a life where we come alongside the neighbor, the widow, the orphan, and the needy. A home of faith will choose compassion over comfort. (Matthew 9:35-38)
  4. Leaving isolation for community. We tend to ignore those who live right around us, but God calls us to a life of community… a life where we depend on one another, pray for one another, forgive one another, and love one another as God has loved us. A home of faith will choose community over isolation. (John 13:31-35)

Looking at our ministries and the heart of our church, we see these four pillars played out in every role at The Sanctuary. They are vital in our desire to see everyday people become passionate followers of Jesus Christ.


Acts 2:42-47

We are committed to the Word of God.
The Bible, inspired by God, is his message to humanity. It is our final authority for life decisions and the catalyst for life transformation.

We are committed to the pursuit of God in everything.
We are deeply committed to pursuing a life of prayer and reliance on God’s Word for direction. We know that we can do nothing of eternal significance or succeed in any endeavor apart from Him.

We are committed to living life together.
God meets us where we are and has revealed himself through the Bible and through Jesus Christ for the purpose of having a relationship with us. In response to this mercy, we are to live in right relationships with others and to strive to meet them where they are.

We are committed to serving God by serving one another.
Every person has been intricately woven together and shaped by God. He has a significant plan for each person’s life and this includes a meaningful place of serving others. Therefore, we favor community over isolation and collaboration over competition.

We are committed to share the good news of Jesus with everyone.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us, we can have a personal relationship with God. This news is too exciting and important to keep to ourselves. God commands us to tell others about Him, and in response to His grace, it is our desire to do so.

The following is the Statement of Faith of 
The Evangelical Free Church of America

reference: Evangelical Free Church Doctrine

We are a part of the EFCA, and are our beliefs are in accordance with the following statement of faith.
The doctrinal position of The Evangelical Free Church of America is summarized in our 12-article Statement of Faith.

We Believe:

  1. The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
  2. In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
  4. That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
  5. That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
  6. That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe. Only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus, become children of God.
  7. That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
  8. That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.
  9. That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
  10. That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
  11. In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
  12. In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.