StoryChurch exists to be a gospel-family of servant missionaries.
Gospel: We are united to Christ. We behold Christ. The Gospel is our fuel for discipleship.
Family: We are family. We belong to God and one-another. Family is our context for discipleship.
Servant: We are servants. We live for others. Servanthood is the overflow of discipleship.
Mission: We are missionaries. We commit to faithful presence in our community. Mission is the result of discipleship.
Our vision is to see a gospel-movement happen across the Inland Empire out of StoryChurch (for more see Our Story). We want to plant gospel-families of servant missionaries in multiple locations, multiple languages, and multiple demographics. This is how we will accomplish that:
Assimilation: Belonging to the StoryChurch family
Formation: Growing as a StoryChurch servant
Mobilization: Being sent as a StoryChurch missionary
We do that which we love. We are that which we love. At StoryChurch these values will drive all that we are and do.
- Mission: God is on the move in the world. As Christians it is our job to join Him in partnership with what He is doing. (Matt. 28:16-20; 22:36-40; Mk. 16:19-20; Acts 1:8)
- Bible: To look and live like Christ we must know Christ. We will work together to read, know, love, understand, and apply the Scriptures. (Ps. 19:7-11; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:12)
- Prayer: Prayer is an act of dependent warfare. Through humble prayer, we will seek to carry out the mission of God through the empowering presence of God the Holy Spirit. (Ps. 85:6-7; John 3:6-8; 1 Th. 5:19)
- Family: Some of the primary words the New Testament authors use to describe Christians are son, daughter, brother, sister, spiritual mother, and spiritual father. We are committed to a culture and atmosphere that truly lives as a family of faith. (Jn. 1:12; Rom. 12:5; Gal. 6:10; 1 Tim. 5:1-25; 1 Jn. 3:1-12)
- Training and Sending: The pattern of the New Testament is to develop and deploy disciples of Jesus Christ to take the gospel to new lands for the sake of common flourishing and Kingdom advancement. We are unapologetically going to focus on the training and sending of our members to follow this pattern. (Lk. 9:1-6; Acts 13:1-3; Eph. 4:1-16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
- Rhythms: God has designed us to be a people of intentional rhythms. Work and rest. Celebration and lament. Sending and going. Fast and feast. Hear and do. We want to build rhythms into our church family that give us the fullness of God, His glory, and our joy. (Matt. 11:25-29; Lk. 7:11-15; Rom. 14:5-6; 1 Cor. 10:31)