In a way, all Christian churches share the same mission, but what are the characteristics that we’ve identified to be at the heart of Heritage?
Being kingdom-minded means that the higher priority is God’s kingdom, not our own kingdom. We believe that unity among Christians and churches is important to God, and that it signals to the world that Jesus is sent by God because He loves them. (John 17:21-23) We love other churches and “tribes” and work together with them, even if they have some different beliefs and practices than us. They are not our competition, but our brothers.
Heart for the Poor and Nations
God has called us to “remember the poor” (Gal. 2:10) and to be generous, so we are a people of compassion. We help those in need, locally and globally. The greatest need on earth is for the gospel, and so we are a missions-oriented church. We are intentional about finishing the task of reaching all people groups in the world with the gospel (Matt. 28:18-20). We start by giving away 15% of all our offering, called our First Fruits, toward this purpose. We ask every Community Group in our church to do at least one outreach in the community per quarter.
We treasure God’s Word and want to teach it well, learn it, and apply it in our lives (the evangelical tradition). In addition, we treasure the ministry of the Holy Spirit – His presence, His gifts, His signs, and wonders (the charismatic tradition). Many churches tend emphasize one while neglecting the other. However, both are essential and Biblical, so we want to be a church that pursues 100% of both.
The natural order of life is that healthy things grow and mature organisms reproduce. And so it is in the church. Jesus said, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). We are called by God to grow and multiply – new disciples, new small groups, and new churches.