To bring to Ann Arbor a foretaste of God’s new world through a Jesus-led, Gospel-centered community called to bring personal transformation, social justice and cultural renewal to this university town and to the world.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” We require unity in as little as possible. We desire and pursue unity in as much as possible. And governing that pursuit of unifying truth together is a commitment to respectful love along the way.
Our Core Values
Community of Mission to the City and World – We live in a university town and a world that is both beautiful and broken. Jesus lived, died, rose from the dead and is coming back to make this city and world wonderfully new. It is our aim, in the way we live, work, study, play, sleep and even die, to give our city a foretaste of what Jesus has solemnly sworn to do. So our biggest question is not how Jesus is relevant to our lives. Our question is how our lives are relevant to what Jesus has done, is doing and will do.
Community of Grace – In a culture that believes you get what you earn and compete for, we believe all is ultimately of the undeserved grace of Jesus, from first to last. We live a life in a world, neither of which we created. In every way in which our lives fall short of the sheer glory of God (aka “sin”), we are forgiven and cleansed by grace alone. And Jesus promises a new, remade world, all by grace alone. This grace changes everything about the way we live now.
Community of Truth – We receive the Bible as the inerrant and God-breathed truth. Therefore the Bible is our highest authority for determining what we know and how we are to live. Second, we affirm that all other truth, to the extent anything is true, is “God’s truth,” which should be celebrated. We do not claim to understand the complete truth of the Bible or the world. But we are a community committed to seeking, submitting to and making plausible all truth as revealed by God.
Community of Hope – In a world that seems to live by the despairing motto, “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” we are a community centered on a sure and certain hope. If Jesus’ death and resurrection are at the center of history, we are free to be utterly realistic and utterly hopeful, all at the same time.
Community of Love – In a world seemingly governed by the trifecta of money, power and sex, we believe the supreme virtue is love. We love because God first loved us. But love is learned over the course of a life in community.
Community of Life-Change – Which of us has “arrived?” One anguished man in the Bible cries out to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief!” (Mark. 9:24). None of us fully believes – at the deepest level – what we know to be true. And none us fully lives out what we do believe and know. Jesus seems strangely glad to hobble along with people who struggle to “get it” and live as befits His people more and more each day. This is called “repentance.”