Our Purpose--what we do--and our Core Values--how we do it--give definition to all our work, worship, and witness.
Our Purpose is TO KNOW JESUS and BLESS OUR COMMUNITY
This means many things, but most importantly it means this: Knowing about Jesus is good; knowing Jesus is far better. The first is head knowledge that results in more information; the second is heart knowledge and results in transformation. It also results in action. Action is important because we believe that growth in a relationship with Jesus should always be in service to something bigger than ourselves.
Which brings us to blessing our community. Too often, it seems, Christianity focuses on the individual--individual salvation, individual growth--or on the church--increasing membership, building bigger buildings. Those are (or can be) important. But we believe more important still is putting our faith to work to make our community a better place for everyone.
Our Core Values
- Shalom...we work for wholeness, peace, and justice for all people
- Compassion...we extend mercy and understanding to all people
- Grace...we forgive as God forgives us
- Integrity...we live what we profess to believe
- Community...we're responsible for more than our own lives
BHAG: Big Holy Audacious Goal
Every person in our community will experience the enrichment that God desires for creation.
Vivid Description of our Envisioned Future
It is a crisp and sunny fall day and the meeting room is humming with excitement, is buzzing with activity, and is bursting at the seams. Members, friends, and community partners of CENTRALongmont are having their annual gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and set goals for the next. So much of our vision has been achieved, and yet, there is still much to be done.
In our community kids can safely walk to school together and play until dark in the local park. Moms and Dads sit on porches in front of their warm and inviting homes after a day of fulfilling work, and speak to their neighbors by name on their evening strolls. Monthly block parties are a patchwork quilt of backgrounds, ages, religions, skin colors, and languages. Much of the delicious and healthy food was grown in neighborhood gardens. There is plenty to eat, everyone can afford to bring a dish for sharing, and the leftovers will be shared with others.
Our kids speak several languages fluently, and high school students have decided that next year they are going to offer to teach classes for older adults. All of our kids are in great schools and are excited about their possibilities and opportunities for the future. The wise elders in our community are regularly in our school classrooms to share stories about our history and heritage as a community. Everyone knows each other’s name.
Next year we will have to find a larger meeting space! There is excitement about the future. There are many ideas and projects, and many hands to do them.
People in our community have come to embrace, live, and be enriched by their unique God-given gifts and are eager to share them with others. The attitude of Ubuntu is understood and practiced.
The Holy Spirit is present!