We believe that community means more than meeting together on Sunday mornings. It means sharing our lives together – the good and bad times. Community is intentional, participational, and is lived out on a daily basis as we support one another, help one another, pray for one another, laugh together, and cry together. Community is never lived out in a vacuum, but it meets each person amidst their daily life through planned and unplanned interactions with one another.
We believe that God has entrusted each of us – especially those in the North American church – with great wealth, gifts, and resources. We strive to be responsible with what He has given us, using it for His glory and not our personal glory; using it to advance the Kingdom, not build a kingdom here on earth. We feel that in the North American church, far too much emphasis is placed on newer and better church buildings when in fact emphasis should be placed on new and better believers. We strive to steward our resources in such a way that they can impact the community, the Kingdom, and the world… not just the size of our worship center. We strive to study what God’s Word teaches about spiritual gifts, identify our individual spiritual gifts, and put our spiritual gifts to use in order to further the Kingdom.
As a church community we strive to move beyond the idea of a church being somewhere that you go once a week, where you put on your best clothes, best smile and pretend that everything is OK. We desire to be a place where real people can come to share their real lives with other real people. Authenticity happens when people are willing to put aside their own selfish ambitions or vain conceits and allow others to speak truth into their lives and hold them accountable. We attempt to speak the truth in love to one another so that we might be unified in authentic community under Christ.
The Outpost values the relationships that are formed within the church between believers. We strive to foster a safe environment where relationships can form and grow both in the traditional church setting and in the world outside of the traditional church setting. In addition to praising, worshipping, and learning about God together, we try to have fun together and share common experiences together through social fellowship gatherings outside of the walls of a church building. In doing so we hope to strengthen relationships inside The Outpost as well as making the gospel attractive to those currently watching us from outside of the church.
Those who are a part of The Outpost will meet together in “Life Groups” – groups of 6-12 men and women that are designed to be a forum to “go deeper” with what we’re learning in the teachings on Sunday mornings and apply that learning to our individual lives. Life Groups are a place to share the successes and struggles, the hopes and fears, and the triumphs and trials that come with living for Christ amidst a community of believers.