Vision / Mission / Values
* We are always working together to define our vision, mission and values; we are a work in progress!
Our goal as disciples of Jesus is to have ever growing relationships with God, with the Body of Christ, and with the world.
At Salt House we say it this way: COME // THRIVE // GO
COME – OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Jesus has a relationship with God, the Father. We are always invited to COME into deeper connection with God. Everything Jesus said and did was based on his relationship with His Father. We are meant to have that same relationship with God.
THRIVE – OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHERS.
Jesus THRIVED in a relationship with his disciples. They followed and stayed with Him. Jesus saw them as more than disciples; He saw them as friends. He walked with them, ate with them, reflected as a group, and engaged in dialogue. Everyone who believes in Jesus is part of “His Body.” We are made to belong, play, be challenged, and THRIVE in relationship with others in the Body of Christ.
GO – OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE WORLD AROUND US.
Jesus had a relationship with the needs of the world. Jesus and his disciples went out to their wider community, letting their lives speak louder than words. We are made to be a part of God’s mission and are so we GO to serve and love people in Jesus’ name. We are made to have loving relationships OUT with the world around us.
The beautiful, dynamic reality of following Jesus means that these three areas look unique for each person. There is no one way to live like Jesus. Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you.
OUR Emerging MISSION
Salt House is a new community with a Christ-centered, casual, interactive, radically inclusive + experimental approach to worship + life together; a home for those in the liminal spaces of life.
Jesus showed us how to live as salt + light for the world. We want to figure out how to do it, together.
COME // Receive God's love, grace, & challenge.
THRIVE // Belong, play, & grow with others.
GO // Engage, serve, & impact our world.
So grab a chair next to an old or new friend and dig into some good food and shared life together.
JESUS: We believe that the best life we can live is a life that becomes more and more like the life of Jesus. To let Jesus be at the center of our lives. The beautiful, messy reality of this is that your version of a Jesus-like life will vary vastly from person to person. And the work of becoming like Jesus is (counter-intuitively) the work of surrendering to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. What does this mean? How do we do that? We'll figure that out together – it is both simple and incredibly hard. And absolutely worth it.
INCLUSIVITY: Embodying Jesus' radical hospitality we welcome young and old, sick and healthy, the scandalous and the well behaved, well-off and struggling to survive, curious and the cynical, gay and straight, the awkward and popular. We all thrive best with opportunities to be challenged by people and perspectives that are different from ours. Come as you are.
MILLENNIALS: The needs and unique life-stage of emerging adults (millennials) are often overlooked as most churches focus on young families. We don't have the answers or a formula cooked up for what this looks like. But we know Jesus would want to be real with emerging adults, creating a place for them to belong, ask questions, live into who they are, and respond to the world's great need. And that's what we're doing. No I.D. checked at the door. All ages welcome.
HOSPITALITY: Particularly the kind of hospitality that happens with FOOD. Jesus used meal times in powerful ways. He welcomed in the poor, the left-out, the annoying, the rejected. Jesus used those times to teach and demonstrate what the Kingdom of God is like. We, too, make time for meals at Salt House because Jesus continues to do powerful things as we sit at the table together – we encounter Jesus, we are reminded of our need for God, for each other, and for the abundant provision of God. And there are usually a few good laughs to be had.
PLAY: Following Jesus is fun. We believe this to be true and hold it as a value for how we worship and spend time together as a community and serving our neighborhood.