VISION, MISSION, VALUES AND MORE
The vision is a word picture of our desired end state; what it looks like when we are who we are intended to be. The vision allows people to see where we are going and decide if they will go with us. Vision facilitates commitment. Continually communicating the vision keeps us focused on our destination and helps us to avoid detours, wasted time, and wasted resources. Without vision, the organization will perish!
Our Vision at Heritage Church is:
"Becoming More Like Jesus!"
The mission answers the question "WHAT are we to do?"
The mission is how we live out the vision. The vision is where we are going; the mission is how we get there. While many organizations may have the same vision, our mission is unique to Heritage. Our mission is based on the people, the resources that God has given us and the location and context in which He has placed us.
The Mission of Heritage Church is that we are to be:
"People helping people become who Jesus created them to be."
OUR MISSION MEASURES:
Our mission measures answers the question "WHEN are we successful?"
I am becoming who Jesus created me to be when I am:
Beholding Jesus —How am I a living in loving union with Jesus? (abiding and abounding)
Expecting Growth—How am I growing toward full maturity in Christ?
Connecting Relationally – With whom am I pursuing a mutually encouraging life in Christ?
Offering All- Where are my time, talents, and treasures impacting eternity?
Multiplying Disciples—With whom am I walking with the intent to multiply myself as a disciple?
Extending Love—How am I loving others beyond the church & outside my circle?
Values are the motivational flame of the church. They are shared convictions that guide actions and reveal strengths.
Our values answer the question: "WHY do we do what we do at our church?"
Because we are grounded in the Word and led by the Spirit we are:
defined by LOVE
restored by GRACE
engaged in COMMUNITY
marked as SERVANTS
filled with JOY
Our strategy answers the question: "HOW do we do what we do?"
As disciples of Jesus at Heritage Church we aim to:
Glorify God Continuously
Become Each Day
Our Strategy at Heritage Church is to:
"Glorify Grow Go"
We believe in the Apostolic Faith
We embrace the very substance of the faith of the apostles and the martyrs as outlined in the Apostles’ Creed circa 1st or 2nd century: We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth! We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. The third day, He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father, Almighty. From there, He shall come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian* Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting! AMEN!
*original language was catholic, meaning universal or worldwide
We believe that the Bible is the authoritative, true, written Word of God
The Word reveals the Truth about God, contains everything necessary for salvation, and is our standard for right and wrong.
(Psalm 119:105; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:15,16; Proverbs 30:5, 1 Thessalonians 2:13)
We believe in the Wesleyan understanding of salvation:
1. All need to be saved (Romans 3:23; 6:23, John 14:6, Acts 4:11-12)
2. All can be saved (2 Peter 3:9, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13; 8:29,30, Eph. 1:5,11)
3. All can know they are saved (Romans 8:16)
4. All can be saved to the utmost (Philippians 1:6, 3:12, Matthew 5:48, Col. 1:28)
We believe all that all disciple are to make disciples
Our primary focus at Heritage is multiplying disciples. We aim to equip believers to walk alongside one another with the ultimate goal in mind...becoming who Jesus created us to be: disciples who make disciples.
(Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 1:8)
We believe all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are still available for the Body of believers
Every born-again believer is filled with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Adoption (Romans 8:15-17). Either at the same time of salvation or on subsequent occasion(s), believers also need to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit--the Baptism of Fire, the clothing with power from on high (references ). Spirit baptism is to equip the believer with power to be witnesses for Jesus the Messiah. Each believer has a unique mix of spiritual gifts to equip him/her to serve in/through the Body of Christ to minister to a hurting world.
We believe in the Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism of infants is claiming them in faith as children of God. This act does not “save” the child. Children are covered under the grace of God until the age of accountability. Infant baptism must subsequently be confirmed by the child receiving salvation by grace through faith for him/herself and publicly professing that faith when he/she is old enough and ready to do so. We call this second act confirmation.
Baptism of believers. We will baptize those who confess their sin and place their faith and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord, and have not been baptized previously. We offer immersion baptism as well as pouring or sprinkling.
We believe in the Sacrament of Communion
We believe in the real presence of Jesus spiritually present in the communion elements when they are consecrated. We practice open communion: All who repent of their sin, confess Jesus as Savior and Lord, and seek to live in love and peace with their neighbors are welcome at the Lord’s Table. We offer Holy Communion no less than once a month and seek opportunities to celebrate it more frequently.
We value and celebrate the Jewish Roots of our faith
We believe an accurate understanding of the New Testament faith and practice is impossible when divorced from its Jewish roots and culture. We seek to study, understand, teach and embrace the Jewish roots and practices of the Christian faith. We celebrate the major Jewish Feasts.