[Our] core values, beliefs, and ministry concepts.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
Our culture is all about living together in a genuine community of people who love Jesus and each other. We aim to create this community through our three core values: love, service and laughter.
A multicultural church community where everyone from child to senior loves Jesus contagiously and courageously.
A family of imperfect believers launching into our community with purpose. We're not talking feel good, pat yourself on the back giving. We're talking about coming alongside our community, meeting needs, listening and loving.
A Christian community combating the epidemic of loneliness through laughter. That's right! From sermons to coffee time, there's nothing better than connecting through a good belly laugh.
* We believe God is the only true living God. He exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (The Holy Trinity).
* We believe in God the Father, creator of the world, perfect ruler in love, wisdom and power who listens, knows, and loves all people through the gift of His Son, Jesus.
* We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ, fully God and fully man. Who lived a sinless life, died on a cross and rose again to give forgiveness of sin, and the promise of eternal life for all who believe in Him.
* We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who moves us into faith and helps, teaches and guides us in our journey as a follower of Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ gives new spiritual life.
* We believe the Bible is the infallible word of God. We believe all 66 books were recorded by men, but were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit, are without error and are God's guide for all people.
* We believe that all people are made in the image of God, but through the fall into sin are all in need of a savior.
* We believe that salvation is only through Jesus' death on the cross and that all who put their faith in Him will be saved.
* We believe that all those that believe and receive Jesus as their Savior, repent of their sins, are regenerated by the Holy Spirit form the universal church.
* We believe that Jesus has given two ordinances to the local church: baptism and communion, which are given to all believers.
* We believe that one day Christ will return and all will be raised from the dead and will face final judgement. The lost will face separation from God and the saved will experience eternal joy.
Key Ministry Concepts
What does love, service and laughter look like in action? Below are some key concepts we've gathered over the last 17 years of ministry to help propel our mission into action.
Always remember Jesus is 100% grace and 100% truth.
Handling controversies in [our] world.
Throughout scripture Jesus continually showed people unconditional and incredible love but always spoke God's truth into their hearts. He offered them grace but called them to live a new life. In the same way, we are loved through the mercy of God and the gift of Jesus Christ but are called to live a life not of this world. Our hope at Beyond the Walls is to boldly proclaim God's truth but always to do so in love.
Find what breaks your heart.
[Our] epidemic of loneliness.
The idea for this church began with a broken heart. All around us we find people who are lonely, disconnected and hurting. The rise of suicides, drug overdoses, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and overall isolated living in our community is not getting better. Chances are you have experienced some of these in someone close to you or yourself. The truth is, disconnected living is dangerous. It's a dark place. On our own, we feel powerless to address such big issues. But together as a body of willing believers, God will work miracles.
Our goal is to be a simple church with a powerful focus to create and care for community, to listen, care and walk together, to connect people to Jesus; to find what breaks our hearts and do something about it.
Build social capital.
Our kids need [us]. Not just another drop off program.
Social capital refers to the investment of adults in children and youth's lives who do not have an agenda. These adults are not a parent, teacher, or coach that adds to the ever rising performance pressures put on our kids. They are there simply because they care. As social capital has decreased the demands put on our kids have increased. Beyond the Walls encourages a culture where kids and youth are a vital part of our congregation. We want to invest in social capital, creating opportunities for all ages of our church to serve together.
17 years of ministry has opened our eyes to the growing ineffectiveness of drop off programs. Various research studies show that anywhere between 70 to 80% of church going youth are likely to leave the church after graduating high school. We have personally worked with youth for years in what we thought were really impactful drop off programs just to see those same youth make heartbreaking decisions about their faith and their future. We were confronted with the hard reality that our youth needed more than just fun games, Bible study and social outings, they need a community of people who genuinely care about them, are invested in their lives, and are cheering them on.
Disciple through conversation.
Discipleship, it's not a class we take. It's a conversation [we] have.
It all starts with a kind word or deed. An affirmation, a word of support. It's standing out in the world by being the one who holds the door, gives a quiet youth a high five, or picks up the neighbor's blown down trash can. We believe in simple acts of love, day in and day out. From this simplicity conversations are started and a relationship grows. Then questions are asked, why do we live life differently? The Holy Spirit moves and our faith is shared. The hope we have through Jesus is made known. Few moments in life can compare to these. No calling or purpose can compete. We've seen it. We want to live it. God calls each one of us to be His light in a dark world. It's not for the faint of heart, for there is a spiritual battle in our community that is breaking our hearts.
Embrace the mess.
If there is one core concept we are passionate about, this is it! We live in a messy world. We've all had a past, a struggle, a loss, a wound, a regret. It's part of life as we know it. Embracing the mess means that we acknowledge our brokenness and the desperate need of our Savior. It means setting aside fear and living authentic and transparent lives that love others also in the mess. It's only fitting that our first small group is on Messy Spirituality, by Mike Yaconelli.