Northside Community Church exists to see people move closer to Jesus!
We will foster a disciple making process through pursuing God, creating community, loving people practically and intentionally seeking to multiply.
We acknowledge that the heartbeat of any church is the great commission and the great commandment. In obedience to Jesus we want to do our part to fulfill His commandment and to accomplish His mission. We want to see all kinds of people, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, all races, backgrounds, histories, moving closer to Jesus. In every program, service, every conversation, we want every person involved to move closer to Jesus.
We don’t believe there is anything more important than this. Connecting people to Jesus is our greatest and highest calling. In helping people move closer to Jesus lives are changed. Marriages can be restored and flourish. Families can be reconciled. Justice can happen in our city. There are so many things that happen when we, as human beings, get back to the place that were meant to be, living with Jesus. We can see people move closer to Jesus as they believe the truth of the Gospel, repent and receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, learn to grow in relationship with Him, and sharing this new life in Christ with others.
We hope to ultimately accomplish the church’s mission by thriving as a community in these four areas:
- As people move closer to Jesus we hope they continue to grow in their affection for Him and desire to know Him more and more and in turn, “…walk as Jesus walked.” (1 John 2) Therefore as a church we want to be a people who are passionate about pursing Jesus more and more. We see this happening as we practise passionate, corporate worship, grow in our prayer life, through discipleship, and as we love, study and live out God’s Word. Living lives ultimately led by the Holy Spirit
- 42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and wonders and signs were done through the apostles. (Acts 2:42:43)
- We don’t always realize how much having a good community affects us. But the community around you highly influences who you become. We believe that true discipleship doesn’t happen in isolation and that life isn’t lived alone. We need each other. Therefore we want to create a deep and meaningful community at Northside for anyone, at any point in their journey with Jesus. This looks like caring for the practical, spiritual, relational needs of any and all of those who come to Northside.
- 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Loving people practically…
- We don’t want to just talk about how Jesus loves people and never show it. The church is the hands and feet of Jesus this side of eternity. We must have hearts that break with the things that break the heart of Jesus. We want to be a church that helps people move closer to Jesus by having them experience the tangible love that Jesus brings and gives to them through us. We want people to feel God’s love for them through our practical touch, outreaches, mission projects, and other service oriented efforts.
- 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
Intentionally seeking to multiply…
- Healthy things are supposed to grow and reproduce. We want to always be seeking the healthy multiplication of disciples, leaders and our church community. For the sake of the Gospel we want to intentionally seek ways of reaching more people and seeing them move closer to Jesus. We cannot be complacent knowing there are souls headed to Hell.
To sum it all up, we are a church that desires to see people move closer to Jesus and we will do that by passionately pursuing Jesus ourselves, creating a meaningful community for all people to be part of, and to do our best to practically display the love of Jesus to our community.
To make the above statements more memorable, we reduced them down to short, simple statements:
- Pursuing God …knowing Him through prayer, worship & Bible study (Acts 2:42-43; 17:27)
- Creating community … through small groups & fellowship (Acts 2:46-47)
- Loving people practically … by serving & meeting the needs of others (Acts 2:44-45)
- Intentionally seeking to multiply … reaching more people, requires mobilizing more people
The following set of statements represent our culture – who we are and what we are becoming. They help to define who we are and serve as guiding the principles in how we operate to achieve the mission and vision. They influence the overall behaviour of the entire congregation and inspire people toward action. While there could be a lengthy list of statements, we have chosen to agree on the following and allow them to guide us in our ministry together.
The church is not built by the talents of a few, but on the sacrifices of many.
- Jesus was the servant of all and no task was beneath Him. He demonstrated servant leadership among his chosen and ministered to the masses. The same is true of us. We don’t want to be a church that depends on a few people to see the work of God get done, but a church that works as a unit, together, seeing God’s desires happen around us. The church isn’t about boosting one person’s ego, one person’s ideas, or favouring one particular gifting over another. We are a movement of people using our gifts and talents not for our own personal glory or gain, but for the sake of Jesus and the expansion of His Kingdom.
We will honour others with our encouraging words, positive attitudes and by celebrating the successes of others.
- The Bible tells us to “out do one another with honor” (Romans 12:10) and that our words have the power of life and death in them (Prov 18:21), and so we will be a church that uses our words to encourage, speak life, celebrate and build up those around us. We live in a competitive, me centered world, that doesn’t know how to celebrate the success of others, but being freed and secured in the grace of Jesus we want to live differently, speaking words that are sweet to one another’s soul. (Prov. 16:24).
We can’t do life alone.
- The book of Ecclesiastes says, “9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will liftup his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up”! (4:9-10). We believe that the church is an ‘us’ and discipleship happens in relationships. Throughout the different seasons of our lives… the ups and down, heartaches and successes… we realize that we need and need to give to others the care, support, love, encouragement, joy, and help, and so we choose to do life together!
Times change, culture changes, methods change…but Jesus doesn’t.
- To be successful, you have to be able to adapt to change. As a church, we choose to hold methods and ministries with open hands, knowing that as culture shifts what might be effective will shift.
- But… our doctrine we still hold with a closed hand. The gospel never changes. The authority of Bible will never change. And we rest confidently in this tension between a timeless message and temporary methods. This doesn’t mean we will change things every week or change simply for the sake of change. We have a strategy and we want to be faithful to it, but that means we will constantly evaluate and rework our strategies as needed to fulfill our mission
We operate in grace by putting relationships before results, conversation before criticism, and by forgiving quickly.
- If grace is our message, grace should be the standard for our operation. This works itself out in three ways:
- Relationship before results – people matter more than what they can produce. We will be a church that loves people first. We understand that the 90% of a person’s life we don’t see, has a huge effect on the 10% we do. We will never let the 10% be more important than the 90%.
- Conversations before Criticism – failure in a job, failure in communication, failure in life is inventible. And if Jesus gives us grace in our failure, we too will we give grace to others. Because people matter, we never want to assume the worst, and criticize from afar, we will engage in conversation, giving the benefit of the doubt before we give into a critical heart.
- Forgiveness happens quickly – we refuse to hold grudges, harbor bitterness, and spread unnecessary conflict. If we have issues, we will deal with them graciously and with a heart of forgiveness caring more for the relationship than the offense.
We will live generously.
- At the heart of God is generosity. He gave his best for us. Jesus gave up all that He had to give us a blessing far beyond our imagination. We will be a church that holds all we have – our time, talent, and treasure – with open hands. We want to bless our own people, bless our community, and bless the Kingdom of God around us. As a family and as individuals we choose to reflect God’s heart in our generosity.
Excellence honours God. We will give our best, with what we have.
- Excellence isn’t having a big budget, but doing our best with what we have. Halfhearted efforts produce poor results and dishonour the time, talents, and opportunities God gives us and others. Paul tells us that whatever we do, we must do unto the Lord (1 Cor. 10:31). We will give our best in all we do, to the glory of God.
Our calling outweighs our comfort.
- Our mission is seeing people move closer to Jesus, and so we must endeavour to do whatever needs to be done to see that happen. Doing things that are outside of our comfort zones to reach the people we are called to reach is the task we are given in an ever-changing world.
We will make the most of our strengths, by not being afraid to step out in faith.
- Trying to do everything means we won’t excel at anything. Instead, we will maximize the opportunities that flow from our natural strengths and the areas where God has graced us to succeed in. Our strengths will not keep us from taking steps of faith into any and every area that God may be leading us.
Pray first. Plan second.
- The very first action is always to pray. We don’t want to do anything that hasn’t been brought before God. He is the leader of this; His will is what we seek. But we also must plan. As the adage goes, if we fail to plan, we plan to fail. Vision remains fantasy when we don’t put action to it.