WE ARE A FAMILY ON MISSION.
We laugh, we cry, and we live as a spiritual family. But we are a family with a purpose. We display and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ for the good of God's kingdom, each other, Penn State, the surrounding community, and beyond. (1 Thessalonians 2:8; Matthew 28:19-20)
WE LIVE ON GOD'S WORD.
We believe God's living word has been faithfully passed down to us. We haven't invented anything new. We stand in awe of God's Word and seek to handle and honor His word faithfully, and live dependent on its every word. (Matthew 4:4; Hebrews 4:12)
WE EXPECT GOD TO BE AMONG US.
We eagerly anticipate the presence and work of God in our life––seeking to live in the rhythm of revelation and response. God reveals --- we respond. We are a prayerfully dependent people expecting God to hear and act according to His good purposes. (Ephesians 6:18)
WE PURSUE GOSPEL RECONCILIATION.
We confess that we have dishonored the image of God found in those different from ourselves. Our predisposition to sin has led to injustices opposed to God's holy design and to divisiveness; but through the cross, Jesus has broken down every wall of hostility known to humankind. We long for our church to be one family from many nations, races, and social statuses, as it will be in the New
Creation — coming together to follow Jesus in unity. God’s creativity and character is expressed in this diversity and His redemptive plan thrives on our unity. (James 3; Ephesians 2:11-22; John 17:20-23; Revelation 7:9)
WE INVEST IN AND PARTNER WITH THE NEXT GENERATION.
We seek to be an inter-generational church where wisdom and experience of the mature is combined with the strength and zeal of the young. We have an intentional focus on investing in and partnering with college students because of the role Penn State plays in our community. (Psalm 145; 1 John 2:12-14)
WE JOURNEY WITH PEOPLE.
We want to come alongside people as they walk the path that God has for them. Every human being is uniquely created by God and every Christ follower is gifted by God to participate in His church. From our first meeting to sending our family throughout the world, it's our great passion to journey with people and help them discover their design as they grow spiritually, physically, and emotionally. (1 Thessalonians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
WE ARE GOD'S STEWARDS.
God is the creator, owner, and beneficiary of every resource we have – even our bodies! He has given us time, relationships, finances, talents, skills, our town, and the world to nurture and invest in for His glory. We want to live like gardeners who wisely steward all their tools and land for a healthy and fruitful crop (Psalm 24:1, Matthew 25:21).