Who We Are
Our Mission, Motivation, and Vision
We believe that God has given every church the same mission, which is to Make Disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). Our motivation for carrying out that mission is rooted in the love we have both for God and for the people around us (Matthew 22:37-39).
Vision: At Immanuel, we want to Make, Mature, and Multiply Followers of Jesus as we Live Love for God and Others
We desire to see people experience life change that can only happen when they follow after Jesus. Someone’s faith journey begins when they place their faith in Jesus as their only hope. The Bible has instructed all believers to “make disciples,” and we take that seriously at Immanuel. We believe that sharing the things Jesus taught and inviting others to follow after Him are essential parts of every believer’s life.
Trusting in Jesus for salvation is the beginning of someone’s faith journey, not the end. At Immanuel, we desire to see people grow in their faith as they follow after Jesus.
Maturing as a follower of Jesus involves growing in our knowledge of God, connecting with other Jesus followers, and serving God both inside and outside the walls of the church. This isn’t something that happens overnight, and it’s not something you have to do on your own. We want to help you mature as a follower of Jesus while helping others do the same.
Multiplying followers of Jesus is essential for those who have already trusted in Him.
The life change that happens when we follow Jesus is too good to keep to ourselves. We want the world to know that Jesus can and wants to change their lives, and He uses those who follow Him to spread that good news.
The Bible gives us a great road map for caring this out: “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2 ESV) We want to be followers who make followers that make followers of Jesus.
What We Value
At Immanuel, we remain committed to the integrity of the Bible. We believe the Bible is “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16), and we want to make sure that the things we say and teach accurately reflect God’s truth.
While God gives churches tremendous amounts of freedom in the way ministry is conducted or the choosing of various programs, we do not believe that the Bible is up for debate. The Bible is inspired by God, and we want to ensure that God’s truth remains our truth.
While a relationship with God is the most important relationship a person could ever have, God also intends for Jesus followers to do life with other people rather than attempting to go through life alone.
At Immanuel, we value the importance of being a place of compassionate community. As a caring community of Jesus Followers, we can provide an environment of spiritual growth and support, biblical accountability, emotional well-being, and a place to belong. From the moment you walk into our building or encounter a member of our church in day-to-day life, we want you to feel loved, cared for, and to know that there’s a place for you at Immanuel.
The Bible emphasizes the importance of generosity and giving to those in need. Encouraging intentional generosity reflects a commitment to living out these principles, reinforcing the spiritual values of the church.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Acts 2:45 “And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”
Intentional generosity is not only consistent with biblical teaching but also serves as a practical means of supporting the mission of Immanuel and making a positive impact on the world. Encouraging and valuing generosity within the church is an important aspect of living out one’s faith and contributing to the common good.
Living on a mission means adopting a lifestyle that is centered on Making, Maturing, and Multiplying followers of Jesus while Living Love for God. We want to intentionally live out our faith by sharing the message of Jesus with others and serving inside and outside the church. This is accomplished when we align our lives with the values, virtues, and expectations taught in the Bible.
At Immanuel, we value living on mission because it reflects our commitment to following Jesus’ teachings, leading people to follow Jesus, serving others, and contributing to the growth of God’s kingdom. It is a central aspect of Christian faith and practice that aligns with the core values and beliefs of Christianity.