St. Philip is a community of faith committed to empower people to discover and live out their unique calling in Christ. When you boil life down to its simplest common denominator, it’s all about relationships. As such we do not see St. Philip so much as a place, but instead we see ourselves as a community of people seeking to know Jesus and His love, to live life together in Him, and to serve others in our community and the world in His name. We don’t care about being the perfect church for perfect people; we are all imperfect human beings in need of God’s life and forgiveness. We welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. Take a little time to discover more about the purpose and vision that God is calling our ministry to here at St. Philip.
Ministry Purpose: Called to be the presence of Jesus in our world today.
We see the church not as an institution, but as a relational reality defined by one thing and one thing only – who we are individually and collectively in Christ. It is Jesus who defines everything for us. Jesus is the One who defines our restored relationship with God once again because of His love and all He has done for us. Jesus is the One who defines who we are in relationship to each other as a community of faith; we are now the Body of Christ. And Jesus is the One who defines who we are for the sake of our community and the world.
It is from this identity of who we are in Christ that we understand our sense of purpose: We are a missional community called to be the presence of Jesus in our world today. We are not a church with a mission, but we are a church on a mission. That mission is to be the feet of Jesus that go, the hands of Jesus that reach and the voice of Jesus that speaks His Words of life and love to all we meet. It is through us, His Body, that Jesus continues His ministry today that He began some 2,000 years ago. As each of us live out our unique calling that we have in Christ, individually and collectively, we them become the means by which God blesses the world.
Ministry Vision: To empower people to discover and live out their unique calling in Christ.
It is with this understanding of purpose and mission, to be the presence of Jesus to each other and the world, that we seek as our vision here at St. Philip to empower each and every person to discover and live our their unique calling in Christ. This is a calling that begins with simply BEING. Each of us has been called by Jesus to BE loved, BE forgiven, BE redeemed and BE holy. It’s the call to BE a child of God through faith, that is, trust, in what Jesus has done for us by His death and resurrection. We have been called to Be His by grace!
It is out of this call to BE His that we begin to understand who we have been called to BE for the sake of others and the world. This identity of who we are in Christ now informs and empowers us to live out our identity in Him through our daily lives for the sake of other. We have all been created and redeemed for a purpose. We see each person, young or old, as a unique creation of God and within them God has placed a purpose to their lives. It is our vision to invest in each person so that they may discover how they have been uniquely gifted to serve God and others in all of life. None of us will do it the same, yet in the end God uses each one of us in powerful ways to make a difference. And as we partner together with Jesus and one another we can make an impact in the world one life at a time for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. This is where life and faith intersect.
We invite to join us for worship or at one of our other community gatherings. Come and discover who you have been Called To Be!