Our Beliefs & Values
As part of the East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination, a fellowship of over 800 churches, we affirm the essential beliefs of Christian faith as expressed through the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed. Central to our beliefs are the following:
- the centrality of the word of God
- the necessity of the new birth
- a commitment to the whole mission of the church
- the church as a fellowship of believers
- a conscious dependence on the Holy Spirit
- the reality of freedom in Christ
Authenticity – Authenticity begins when we embrace our common humanity and brokenness. Community results as we honestly and lovingly share who we are with one another.
Community - We continually seek to deepen our relationships with God and with one another, because this is where we believe true life and transformation happens.
Generosity – We long to be a counter-cultural community that is marked by radical generosity in everything we do. Whether it’s with our time, talents, or treasures, we want to reflect this value in all our relationships, including with the under-resourced.
Diversity – Because God gave each of us a different story to live, we find beauty in our diversity, whether cultural, ethnic, gender, or socio-economic. By embracing our common humanity and brokenness, we find that our differences, instead of dividing, only strengthen the vibrancy of our community and faith.
Delight – We want to celebrate life as often and as loudly as possible. We love that Jesus was the king of dinner parties, and we want to be a community that is known for the fun we contribute to the world.
Mission - We want to share the good news of Jesus Christ through our words and actions whenever possible. We believe starting new churches can make an impact locally and new churches are places where relationships can be nurtured into authentic growing communities.
Renewal - We hold a belief that God is at work to heal and renew the world that He created to be good. Our own lives are part of God's renewal process, and God invites us into the work of making all things new. We do this by pursuing justice, engaging in social and cultural renewal, and being committed to prayer for the flourishing of New York City.