Mission and Values
7 Core Values of St. James
Relationships are at the core of everything we do, because we know that relationships are where transformation really happens. One of the ways we live in relationship with each other is in our small groups where we develop friendship, commit to grow together, and care for one another.
Prayer is vital to our life as a church, but it’s just as important for our individual life. We commit to making time to pray and connect with God on a daily basis, as this is a way we can share our joys and concerns with Him and each other, and receive His peace and comfort into our lives.
Gathering together each week is so important for our development as people! As we come together each week to sing songs, pray, and hang out with each other, we are showing God just how thankful we are to Him for all the things He has done in us and for us! No matter what service you choose to attend, traditional or contemporary, we hope you’ll join us between services for food and friendship!!
We believe that Scripture has authority over our lives, and that includes how we relate with one another. We also know that sometimes people interpret scripture differently, and when that happens, we encourage open discussion, motivated by love.
Church is for everyone. We see throughout the Bible that God really cares about family. We want to see every person in your family become the person God created them to be, because when that happens, your family becomes the family God created it to be. We offer Bible studies, small groups, mission trips, and lots of social events for people of every age! No matter what stage of life you’re in, we’ve got something for you!
The Church is not just what happens inside these four walls on Sunday morning. We are called to be the Church every day of the week as each of us has an opportunity to make a real and sustainable impact on our communities and the world. We try to live out the words of our founder John Wesley, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
We believe that YOU have a role to play in God’s plan for the world. God has given you specific talents, gifts, and strengths, not just for you to use to make a living, but for you to leave your mark on the world. We are here to help you figure out what those gifts, talents, and strengths are, and how you can use them with open arms and a warm heart to serve the Church and the world around you! We want to empower you to leave a lasting legacy.