The core values of SHPC can be divided into two groups. The first four are grounded in the beliefs of our congregation and broadly express our mission. The last four are more practical and reflect how we carry out this mission.
At the heart of SHPC is the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor, and all that we do is designed to equip us to be faithful to this command. (Micah 6:8; Matthew 22:34-40) We seek to love God in our worship, walk, and witness, and love others by reaching out to our community, nation, and world. At SHPC, we don’t just want to GO to church, we want to BE the church!
People who have been alienated by the church or who have been marginalized by society, matter to God and matter to our church. (Matthew 18:12-13; Luke 5:30-32) SHPC seeks to reach out to all people with the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We are constantly exploring new ways of ‘doing church’ in order to minister to those who have left the Church; and we are eager to follow Jesus’ example of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and caring for the ‘least of these’.
Growth in Christ means that we are “reformed and reforming according to the Word of God”, and being transformed into God’s new creation. (Ephesians 4:14-16; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17) Because faith is active and dynamic, followers of Jesus Christ should constantly grow and mature in their walks with God. We are committed to an authentic and active faith, where we do more than gather information, but rather seek transformation. This comes about as we embrace a prayer life that is more about changing us than our circumstances, and we engage in the faithful preaching, teaching, and study of God’s Living Word.
While adherence to Scripture is foundational, and the traditions of Christianity are important, the church must constantly renew itself in order to reach new generations and thrive. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23; 2 Thessalonians 2:15) SHPC is a community that values both the historic traditions of Christianity and newer expressions of faith and worship that grow out of life and ministry in the 21st century. We seek to give renewed meaning to our traditions and at the same time remain open to the ongoing reforming work of God’s Holy Spirit.
Worshiping as a community is vital to the life of the individual and to the Body, and should be authentic and accepting. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Psalm 66:1-4; Psalm 95) As a faith community, one of our primary functions is to come together to remember, celebrate, glorify, and listen to what God is saying and doing in the world. We aspire to create a worship experience where people are welcomed to ‘come as they are’ to have a meaningful and relevant encounter with the living God.
Spiritual growth is vital for a fully-devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Children and youth are an important part of our church and it is essential that interactive and engaging Christian education and fellowship ministries be made available to them. For adults, our small groups are the primary means by which spiritual growth occurs and loving relationships are established. (Deuteronomy 4:5-9; Acts 2:44-47; Luke 6:12-13; John 13:34-35) SHPC is committed to providing a compelling, purposeful curriculum for all ages. Our goal is to build and grow a positive church experience for the youngest among us. For adults, we believe that a life of faith can be lived out most completely in community. We want to help people find a small group where they can ‘SAIL’: relating to others in ways that bring about Spiritual Transformation, Authentic Relationships, Intentional Shepherding, and Loving Service.
Each believer is spiritually gifted by God to play a unique and vital role in the Body, and the stewardship of these gifts is the responsibility and joy of each believer. (Psalm 133; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31) Because we believe action is what separates faith from mere belief, SHPC strives to grow people who are deeply involved in ministry to both our church and the greater community. Each one of us has gifts, skills, talents, and abilities to be used toward this end, and we seek to help people discover ways in which they might participate in the Kingdom of God which is ‘at hand’.
Excellence honors God and inspires people. (Galatians 1:6-14; Colossians 3:17) God values and receives all that we give, so we want to offer our very best! And since we know that people are drawn to quality and that which is done well, we want all that we do to reflect the character and nature of God in this way.