Mission & Vision

Go therefore and make disciples...

Mission

“In response to God’s compelling love and Christ’s gift of salvation, we are called to invite others to share in God’s love and salvation and serve the physical and spiritual needs of our members, our community, and our world.”

(I John 3:10; I Thessalonians 5:9;
Matthew 28:19-20; Philippians 4:19)


We Welcome All


To be inclusive means to accept all people as loved by God. We recognize that all who receive Christ belong in the community of faith. We also recognize and honor the rich complexity and diversity of people God calls to our faith community, including people who disagree with this statement. Though not all may agree, we find our unity in Christ who loves each of us and all of us together.
We welcome all people into all parts of the church’s life and ministry, including ordained ministry as a Ruling Elder, Teaching Elder, or Deacon. We seek to appreciate the vital worth of each human being, and will intentionally work to provide welcome and inclusion of all people in the life of our congregation.
(Adopted by Session, October 2020)


Vision

Shepherd of the Hill fulfills its mission by focusing on these four pillars:

WORSHIP 
(Psalm 95:6-7)
Our worship is sensitive to the diverse needs of our community such that all people are led to spiritual growth and a deeper commitment to serving Christ.

FELLOWSHIP 
(Hebrews 10:24-25a)
We offer a wide variety of small groups to facilitate spiritual maturity, interpersonal relationships, and service to Christ.

OUTREACH 
(Mark 16:15; Micah 6:8)
Enlarging our circle of Christian community brings others into the love and salvation of God through Jesus Christ. We especially seek outreach that provides for the poor, the homeless, and the oppressed in our community and in our world.

EDUCATION 
(II Timothy 3:16)
Christ centered education fosters ever deepening understanding of the love of God and the call to service for all ages.

Covenant of Peace and Unity


As followers of Jesus Christ we yearn for harmony and sometimes deny when discord is among us. But disagreements and disputes are natural and inevitable in everyday life, at work, at school, in our community and in our church. We don’t always know the best way to deal with conflict, yet we are called to participate in God’s activity by healing, reconciling, and binding up wounds. Peace and unity require action. As a community of followers of Jesus Christ at Shepherd of the Hill, we covenant together that when faced with conflict:
We will pray for each other that we may faithfully serve God, follow Jesus Christ, and be guided by the Holy Spirit;
We will seek to be guided by Scripture;
We will acknowledge that the peace and unity we seek is God’s gift to us in Christ;
We will speak the truth with love, expressing ourselves with candor and humility;
We will listen, endeavoring to understand each other, especially those whose views seem to differ from our own, maintaining a spirit of openness and vulnerability;
We will respect confidences, show faithfulness in our relationships, and trust each other’s motivations and dedication.
(Adopted by Session, April 2002)