Vision defines who we are. We are a people who exist to see a different future. Our mission describes what we do so that our vision becomes reality. And values determine how we do what we do. At North Church, we have six values: proclamation, prayer, participation, peace, partnership and purpose.
Peace. We believe that Jesus not only reconciles people to himself, but to each other in a way that overcomes every barrier.
We live in a world at war. Conflict is everywhere and impacts everyone. The deepest and longest animosity exists between God and the species He created we call humans. Jesus came on a peace mission to reconcile people to God. Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus’ perfect life, substitutionary death and victorious resurrection from the dead turns former enemies into forever friends.
And if that weren’t enough, Jesus accomplishes even more. His work reconciles people with people too. He brings together those who were alienated. And he makes peace. In Jesus’ community, the church, we come to the end of racism, sexism, nationalism and classism. Galatians 3:28 boldly claims, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Jesus’ work of reconciliation is very important to us. We love seeing people come together who were separated. Fathers reunite with the children they abandoned. Broken marriages mend. Democrats, Republicans and Independents gather together to worship King Jesus. White people, people of color, native people, immigrants, those who speak English and those who can’t are bound together in true community. The radiant glory of Jesus causes us all to be wonderfully color blinded. The rich gladly give both dignity and dollars to those who are poor. The marginalized in society lead ministries of significance. And together, we work to advance the Kingdom of God among every nation, tribe and tongue without prejudice.