THE CROWDED HOUSE
These core values shape the culture within our churches
We believe the Bible to be the reliable, authoritative and sufficient word of God. We want our lives and our life together to be formed and shaped by the story of redemption. This is why we are committed to filling ordinary life with gospel intentionality, pastoring one another with the gospel and sharing the gospel with unbelievers. We see every Christian as a missionary exercising gospel ministry in every aspect of life. The role of leaders is, through teaching and example, to create a culture in which everyone flourishes in ministry. We shape activities around gospel needs and opportunities, and the gifts and passions of church members. Speaking the truth in love, we challenge one another to be sacrificial, servant-hearted, risk-taking and flexible because the gospel has priority over our comfort, preferences, security and traditions.
The Bible story shows our corporate identity as ‘in Christ together’ is primary. This is why we are committed to communicating the gospel message in the context of shared lives. As we build relationships with people and share the gospel message, it is our aim to introduce them to Christian community. We want our homes to shape the ethos of who we are as a church as we share our lives, care for one another, disciple one another and pursue peace together. Because the church is a family, we want to include one another in making significant decisions and to consider the impact our decisions have on each other. As communities of grace, we are committed to welcoming broken people and making church accessible to unbelievers. We want to offer a sense of belonging in which people can be open and vulnerable.
We are committed to blessing our neighbourhoods through gospel declaration and gospel demonstration. We celebrate the diversity of cultures in our local contexts while recognising the need for gospel renewal. We encourage one another to glorify God and serve others through the workplace, business, community projects, government and artistic endeavour. We will work together as a network with generous flexibility and collaborate in wider church-planting movements to litter our cities and the nations with communities of light. Recognising that God is the primary agent and orchestrator of mission, we view prayer as a critical missionary activity. Therefore, prayer will be both a regular community discipline, and an impromptu response to needs and opportunities.