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.
OUR VALUES & PRACTICES
Here are seven core values and practices that have emerged in who we are and how we practice our faith and life together.
As we engage with scripture, the life of Jesus, and the transformative dynamic of the Spirit of God, we are a few things that continue to bubble up since we began this crazy journey in March of 2015.
Being changed (living through transition) as central to who we are.
Engaging in the needs of homelessness on the Eastside (especially through the New Bethlehem Day Center).
Eating together – always having Holy Communion and having meals here twice a month after worship and challenging each other to meet at tables with others throughout our week – because good and sacred things happen when we eat togethe
Generosity – giving where we want our hearts to go.
Hearing God, and asking our two questions: What is God saying? What am I going to do about it?
Practicing radical welcome - we say it every Sunday morning - and it boils down to this: Jesus welcomes and affirms all people and so do we. And we are made better as a community through diversity.
Stories matter. Both sides of story-telling: making room and curiosity to hear one another’s stories, and also having the courage to share our own story here in community. For when stories are shared, that distance between us gets smaller, as our stories shimmer with connections. When stories are shared, we also hear God’s story in our stories.