These core convictions undergird everything we do as a church. These deep-rooted values shape and inform our disciple-making strategy and serve as guidelines that directly influence what we do and choose not to do as a church.
The Gospel forms the local church and authoritatively informs what it does. This means that we understand the Gospel (and it's power!) to be the central focus of the church's weekly gatherings, disciple-making communities, and mission. Everything begins and ends with the Good News of Christ' life, death, burial, and resurrection. The Gospel is news we tell, not advice we give.
2. THE IMPORTANCE OF WEEKLY GATHERINGS
We unapologetically promote the weekly gatherings of the local church and see these weekly assemblies as a primary disciple-making tool. At these gatherings, the Gospel is sung congregationally, preached faithfully and seen regularly in the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper.
3. COVENANTAL MEMBERSHIP
We believe that all Christians should commit themselves to other Christians within the context of a healthy local church. Church Membership represents a covenant between a person and a people (a local church) and provides for mutual accountability. Since we believe that the congregation is the highest earthly authority in a local church (Matthew 18), we believe that church members should be baptized Christians who believe the Gospel.
We believe that local churches are called to plant other local churches. Therefore we labor to create a church culture that promotes multiplication through one-on-one discipleship and collective multiplication through training leaders and sending out healthy local churches. Our desire is to see HighView become a hub for sending out healthy, Gospel-centered church plants in the years ahead and we are already laboring towards that end.
5. WISE/RISKY STEWARDSHIP
We believe that each and every resource God provides should be stewarded in a wise/risky way. This means we encourage our members to give of their time, treasure and talents sacrificially for the sake of Kingdom mission. This also means that our first impulse is not "how can we keep the most"? but is instead "how can we leverage the best"? We believe that wise stewardship enables Kingdom minded strategic growth, and risky stewardship enables Holy Spirit-inspired openhandedness when Kingdom expanding opportunities present themselves. Wise = We do use our resources foolishly. Risky = We hold our resources loosely as we believe they are tools to use and not treasure to horde.
6. CHURCH HEALTH, NOT SIZE, MATTERS THE MOST
We believe that Jesus cares more about the health of a church than the numeric size of a church. Church health can be determined by asking a number of questions: Is our theology correct? Are people growing spiritually? Are we ordered by a biblical form of leadership? Do we hold leadership to biblical qualifications? Are we sharing the Gospel individually? Are we engaging our community? Are people growing deeper into Gospel Community? While church health is more important to us than sheep numerical growth, healthy organisms do grow. Therefore we pray for God to continue to add to our number those who are coming to know Jesus.
7. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AS MISSION
We believe that the local church should be ground zero for training and equipping Gospel-centered leaders. These leaders, serving in their various contexts and circles of influence every day, have a unique missional opportunity to display Christ' rule and reign in their own leadership while opening new avenues to share the Gospel. At HighView we develop leaders through our Equip Pipeline with the goal of deploying those leaders into the world for the sake of mission.
8. KNOW THE GOD YOU LOVE. LOVE THE GOD YOU KNOW
We desire to see each and every member of HighView go deeper into the Gospel while growing in their affections for Christ. We believe that as our theological knowledge of God grows, our hearts should grow in our love for Jesus and obedience to Jesus.
9. COMPASSION FOR THE POOR, WIDOWS, AND ORPHANS
We believe that a local church is called to be a compassionate body of believers who are concerned for the weakest and most vulnerable among us. This means we focus missional energy in this way through our HV Fosters ministry, our care for widows and our community engagement of the poor and marginalized in our city.
10. LOVE THEM. TELL THEM. BRING THEM
Jesus commands every follower to make disciples. Obeying this command requires individual followers engaging in personal evangelism. We believe personal evangelism consists of 3 components: Acts of love, Gospel explanation, and Gospel invitation. Acts of love and service help us establish relational credibility with those around us. These bridges provide new opportunities for Gospel-engagement. Tell them: Our goal is to equip each and every member of HighView to share the Gospel narrative with non-Christians in a relational environment where questions and can be asked and truth can be explained. Bring Them: We believe that the assembled church on Sunday's is a strong evangelistic force. The Gospel is sung, preached and seen in baptism and the Lord's Table. We unapologetically encourage HighView members to invite non-Christians and this dynamic Gospel-environment.
11. EQUIPPING THE SAINTS
We believe that the fundamental role of the pastor is a shepherding/equipping role. A plurality of pastors is to provide spiritual care and oversight, preach, teach and defend sound doctrine and train the church to "do the work of the ministry". This means that pastors should focus on equipping the church to use its various gifts to minister to the body while engaging the world with the Gospel.
12. GOSPEL LEGACY
HighView Church feels called to leave a Gospel-legacy for the generations to come. This means, we live, serve and labor with the next generation in mind. What does a Gospel-legacy look like? It would look like a church that is a beacon of Gospel-light here in their community. It would look like a diverse church of people, gathered together to sing praises to Christ and to hear His Good News. Gospel-legacy would look like a campus that serves as a base for training and sending out hundreds of healthy local churches and thousands of Gospel-centered church leaders…Join us as we pray and strive to see this Gospel-legacy come to fruition.