OUR VISION & MISSION
why we're here, what we do, where you fit in
Connecting the Valley to Christ
The vision is the stated goal of the church, and our stated goals are to connect everyone in the lower Yakima valley to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. First, we want to connect people to Christ. That means actively being involved in the kinds of relationships and activities as individuals and as a church that helps people who either don’t know Jesus or are “disconnected” from God for any reason, enter into a relationship with Him. Second, the valley is a broad term but means everyone in the lower Yakima valley. In other words, the vision is not limited to a single ethnic group but aims to connect all people to Christ. It is a recognition of the diversity in the community surrounding the church and a recognition that what truly unites the church is faith in Jesus Christ. Third, it is ultimately Jesus Christ who we desire to connect people with so that they know the same love, grace, and peace that we experience.
Helping everyone believe and belong
Our mission is what we do and how we achieve our vision of connecting the valley to Christ. We are working to help people believe in God and have a relationship with him through Jesus Christ. This means reaching out to our friends and neighbors, but it also means helping our children believe. As our children grow it is important to us to nurture a vibrant faith in them so that also know the grace and love of God in Jesus. It is important to us that not only individuals come believe in Jesus and receive his salvation, but that families grow in their faith. In other words, helping everyone believe also means helping everyone grow in their faith once they believe.
As we help people believe, it is also important that everyone has a sense of belonging and feels like they belong in the family of God. We live in a diverse community and the family of God is made up of all those who believe. All who believe in Jesus belong to Jesus and belong to his body the church. It is so important for everyone to experience that sense of belonging when walking through the doors of the church for the first time or when attending worship or Bible studies with us. It is our mission to help people grown in belief and faith, and to work at making sure everyone feels like they belong to God’s family because they are loved by God and loved by us.
Experiencing and sharing the peace and love of Jesus
Our why is because we love Jesus. He first loved us and we want to share his love, grace and peace. Our philosophy or mindset in this is that because we know and experience the peace of Jesus Christ, we also want to share the peace of Jesus Christ with others. We know that we have been saved by grace through faith, and through faith we can and do experience the grace, love, and peace of Jesus Christ. We also feel called to not only grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ but to share that grace and knowledge so that others too may come to know his grace, his love, and his peace.