What We Believe

Our Vision: Deep Roots Long Branches

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.
Hosea 10:12*

It is always BOTH/AND. Deep Roots AND Long Branches. Deep Roots have History, Resiliency, and Authenticity. From these Deep Roots, we seek to find what is uniquely our gift to offer to others and we seek to extend long branches of mercy into the world.

Below are some priorities of this vision.

PLOW: Break Up Your Unplowed Ground*
Our life in Christ is not about SHOULD or OUGHT. God does not meet us where we SHOULD be or where we think we OUGHT to be, but where we truly are. This means that authenticity, self-awareness, honesty, and repentance are foundational to cultivate the soil we grow in.
Luke 13:6-9
Jeremiah 12:2-3

PLOW: Crazy Farmers Scattering the Seeds of the Gospel Whenever and Wherever We Can
The Gospel is a powerful weapon that cannot be extinguished or exhausted. We scatter Truth generously and recklessly because we believe that when it takes root it can multiply. Matthew 13:1-23

PLANT: Sow Righteousness for Yourself*
What God wants to do through you, God first does in you. Our spiritual being precedes our spiritual doing. Good fruit is grown from Good Trees.
Luke 6:43-45

PLANT: One Small Seed of Love
The kingdom of God has small beginnings in seemingly insignificant acts of Love. We plant seeds of love in the world knowing that they will grow into world changing realities. We believe the kingdom of God is like a tree that is meant for shade, shelter, and protection, and that the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.
Mark 4:26-32

WATER: Seek the Lord Until it Rains*
The Ultimate Goal of Spiritual Formation is intimacy with God. Our goal is not to earn a ticket to heaven or for immediately increased morality. The goal is intimacy with the One who loves us and pursues us; all else flows from this.
John 15:1-17

WATER: Fertilize the Movement of God
God is always present and at work. We don’t force the movement of the Holy Spirit, rather we awaken ourselves to God’s presence in and around us. We see where he is at work and join in, turning up the volume on what God is already doing. In that way we celebrate that God uses his body, the Church, to bring about his kingdom in the world.
Luke 7:18-23

HARVEST: Reap the Fruits of Unfailing Love*
God’s unconditional love changes the world. That’s the Gospel. That’s what the work of Christ did for us. As the Church we believe nothing has changed and that Love still has the power to change the world.
Hosea 10:12

HARVEST: Kingdom Causes are Grown from Collaborative Communities
We are the Church. The Church is not a place we go to but a people who gather together. Each member of God’s global Kingdom is equipped by God with unique gifts. The Kingdom grows and advances when each member uses their unique gifts and partners together with the greater effort of the God’s global Kingdom.
Acts 2:37-47

Our Mission

…to passionately LOVE GOD
…to intimately CONNECT as His family
…to intentionally GROW into His likeness
…to joyfully SERVE with His gifts
…to boldly LIVE-OUT His GOOD NEWS in our community and world

Our Affirmations

The living foundation of Grace Covenant Church is Jesus Christ as God-become-man, the crucified Savior, and risen Lord of all things. Therefore, we hold to the following affirmations – what we believe and seek to live out. (All biblical references are from the NIV translation.)


We Affirm the Centrality of the Word of God.

By his Word, God spoke everything into existence (Genesis 1; John 1:1-3), gives “new birth” (1 Peter 1:23), and will make “all things new” (Revelation 21:5). The living and eternal Word is Christ (John 1:1, 14) who has “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). Within God’s authority, we affirm that the Old and New Testament writings of the Bible are “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct.


We Affirm the Necessity of the New Birth.

Jesus once told a religious leader “no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3). “All who receive him” in authentic self-entrusting belief are adopted by God as his fully forgiven children (John 1:12). By his indwelling Spirit, believers are “being transformed” into his Son’s image (2 Corinthians 3:18, Romans 8:29). “If anyone is in Christ the new creation has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Ultimately, the “necessity” of new birth is a matter of final destiny – in resurrection life with God (John 6:40; Romans 8:11) or “eternal destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Matthew 25:46) for those who reject his free gift (Romans 6:23).


We Affirm a Commitment to the Whole Mission of the Church.

We follow Christ’s two central calls into his mission. His Great Commandment calls us to “love the Lord your God,” and “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-40). His Great Commission sends us out into all the world to “make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). This mission includes evangelism, Christian formation, and ministries of compassion, mercy, and justice.


We Affirm the Church as a Fellowship of Believers.

Jesus said “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18)–not an institution, organization, or building, but his “body” of believers (1 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 11:22-23). In Covenant Churches, all are welcome to participate in the congregation’s life and ministries. Formal membership is by confession of personal faith in Christ and is open to all believers. We believe in the “priesthood” of all believers (1 Peter 2:5,9) where each is a “minister.” God also calls some into pastoral leadership as guiding “shepherds” (1 Peter 5:2). Along with apostles, prophets, evangelists and teachers, such pastors are raised up “to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:11-12). We affirm that God calls and gifts “both men and women” into proclaiming his Word and guiding his people (Acts 2:16-18; 18:26; Romans 16:3,7).


We Affirm a Conscious Dependence on the Holy Spirit.

The Bible gives witness to one God as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). The Spirit draws us into faith and assures us that we “belong to Christ” as “God’s children” (Romans 8:9,16). By the Spirit we are “transformed” into Christ’s image (2 Corinthians 3:18) and are empowered to participate in his mission in the world as his “witnesses” (Acts 1:8). God also gives “manifestations of the Spirit for the common good” as differing spiritual gifts for serving in the unity of Christ’s body (1 Corinthians 12).


We Affirm the Reality of Freedom in Christ.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free”—free from sin and death, and free to love God and love people (Galatians 5). This freedom is also a call for believers to accept each other “without quarreling over disputable matters” (Romans 14:1). With humility and love, we seek to focus on what unites us as followers of Christ, rather than on biblical interpretations and practices that might divide us.

Within our oneness with the whole richly diverse Body of Christ, we are grateful for our heritage and partnerships within the Evangelical Covenant Church. This identity includes these Covenant Affirmations.