Ethos: the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its beliefs and aspirations.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Shared story is what creates relationship. Knowing and writing stories together begin the journey of friendship and community.
True community happens at a human scale. Face to Face. True community doesn’t happen on accident but through continual, intentional relationship with one another.
SEEKING SPIRITUAL REALITY
It is OK to have doubts. Our faith says that an honest pursuit of spiritual reality leads us to Christ.
The church is not the pastor’s. The church is yours. Together we disciple others and allow ourselves to be discipled. Discipleship creates opportunities for people to be transformed through relationship with Jesus.
God has a plan and purpose for every individual. Community is where those plans and purposes can be lived out. As a church we are a community to help everyone live out God’s plan for them.
We want to see a healthy church within walking distance of everyone.
Throughout history God has used normal, unimpressive people. You don’t have to be the best. Come as you are.
The pathway to being a valued part of community is not filled with a list of prerequisites. Perfection is not an obstacle in the pathway of involvement.
IT’S OK TO TALK IN CHURCH
It is OK to not have all the answers. The purpose of discussion is to internalize what we are talking about and to embrace relationship. Corner Church is a safe place to talk, listen, and question.
LOVE THE WORLD; LOVE EACH OTHER
Jesus said the greatest command was to love God and to love your neighbor. The fullest expression of love for God is love for humanity, and love for humanity shows a love for God.
BETTER THAN YESTERDAY
The world's problems can’t be fixed in a day. We want to be a church that leaves the world a little bit better everyday before we lay our heads down at night. Jesus invites us to come as we are, but insists we not stay that way.
VALUED IN COMMUNITY
We strive to add value to people and/or organizations in our neighborhoods. If we would move from our neighborhoods tomorrow, we should be missed, not forgotten.
We strive to redefine Christianity and God’s character to those who have negative connotations of church, Christ, and/or Christians. Too often, the Church and Christians have failed in our representation of Christ. We aim to redefine the terms - church, Christ, and Christians - through loving relationship with one another.
FAITH IS A PROCESS
We strive to encourage people to grow in faith. Faith takes time, and it is never a completed process. It requires daily decisions to stay committed.
We strive to move from consumer to contributor of our time, talents, and treasures.
We strive to do life as God designed it: in community. A part of a body is not whole apart from the sum of all the parts.
We strive to be disciples who make disciples. We strive to be a church that plants churches. Replication starts with the individual, which leads to multiplication of the church.