Passionately Following Jesus, Compassionately Loving All.
We will be a community embracing God’s truth, allowing it to form our beliefs and shape how we live.
Embracing God’s truth will be characterized by
reading, reflecting on, and studying the Bible
providing educational opportunities that are both applicable and relevant to our lives and relationships
learning from what God has done in one another
providing relevant resources which help us discover God’s truth
Embracing of God’s truth will result in
being knowledgeable of Biblical truth
being prepared to communicate that truth though our words and actions
recognizing and responding to the leading of the Holy Spirit
As fully devoted followers of Jesus, we will be a community that is experiencing the transforming power found in intimacy with God and his Church.
Our lives of transformation will be characterized by
fostering an environment of authenticity, vulnerability, confessional openness, and welcome
encouraging intimacy with God through personal habits of spiritual formation
building a discipleship culture
walking with one another in mentoring relationships and accountability
bringing reconciliation to all our relationships
offering care and support to those in crisis
As a transformed community we will be mature followers of Jesus who reflect Christ in and to our world.
Following the example of Jesus, we will foster a lifestyle of prayer that is integral to our lives personally and as a community as we seek relational connection with God.
Our lives of prayer will be characterized by
being spiritually formed in prayer
learning to listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading
declaring our need for supernatural intervention
making petitions for ourselves and others
surrendering to God in worship
This lifestyle of prayer will lead to
creating a culture that values prayer
growing students of prayer
communicating prayer needs
celebrating answers to prayer
incorporating prayer into all we do
Because Jesus brought us into a new kind of community, we will be engaged with one another in authentic and meaningful relationships.
Our lives together will be characterized by
caring for and supporting one another
cultivating an environment of vulnerability in which we are able to share, listen, and respond well
forgiving one another
committing to people with whom we could not have gotten along with apart from the healing power of the gospel
meeting in small groups to discuss and live out the gospel
spending time together, having fun, playing together, and inviting one another into our homes
Living in Christ-centered community will result in
wholeness in our personal lives and relationships
greater dependence on Christ and one another
reflecting the kingdom and its values to those around us
We will have worship gatherings that are designed to inspire, equip, and encourage people to live as fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Gatherings will feature
a welcoming and caring environment for all ages
elements that shape our faith such as music, Biblical teaching, prayer, reflection and response, celebration and lament, communicating purpose, and stories of what God is doing in our lives and in the world
opportunities to learn and grow together
intentional time to connect relationally with one another
Gatherings will lead to
our full-life response – head, heart, and hands – ascribing worth to God for who He is and what he has done
depth in our relationships with one another
growth and a greater impact in Whatcom County
As followers of Jesus, we will cultivate a culture of outreach and engagement to the communities in which each of us lives and to the wider world.
Our culture of engagement will be characterized by
being aware of local needs and our role in meeting them
equipping everyone to serve through their unique gifts and interests
invested in the activities, events and life of Whatcom County
providing opportunities to serve locally and internationally
connecting relationally in our neighborhoods and sharing experiences with unchurched people in order to build meaningful relationships
reaching out to people and families with specific needs
ensuring that our facility and grounds are a hospitable, usable, and welcoming space
hosting outreach events from our facility
supporting global missions through prayer, financial giving, and partnerships
This posture of engagement will lead to
health and wholeness for each of us as individuals
enhanced growth and life in the church
people becoming followers of Jesus
As a church family, we will manage, direct, and develop resources provided by God to advance His Kingdom.
The practice of stewardship will be characterized by
choosing to be obedient in the giving of our time and finances
providing ongoing leadership development
equipping people for works of service
facilitating effective structures and governance
keeping the facility and grounds clean, safe, and well-maintained
implementing systems for regular evaluation and accountability
This practice of stewardship will result in
available finances to accomplish the mission God has given Northside
equipped and mobilized volunteers
equipped and effective staff
well-organized structures and governance
a welcoming environment
We seek the truth that is found in the word of God, both written and revealed.
We value the gospel’s transforming power to take us on a journey toward becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus.
We value ongoing conversation with God that acknowledges our complete dependence on Him, seeking restoration to our lives and world.
We value being united in Christ in authentic relationships, which reflect and further the kingdom of God.
We value coming together to worship God.
We value pursuing the answers to life’s meaningful questions as we build relationships with those we encounter, courageously serving and advocating with grace and truth, taking the hope of Jesus to the world.
We value wise management of what God provides.