We build upon our mission - to make passionate followers of Jesus Christ with six core values. These core values focus our members' energies on developing our church family and working outside the walls of our church to minister to a hurting world. Everything we do flows out of these core values.
The core values are the guiding principles that dictate behavior and action. Core values can help people to know what is right from wrong; they can help companies to determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their business goals; and they create an unwavering and unchanging guide.
COMMITTED to SCRIPTURE
Conforming Your Life to Biblical Truth
2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 119:105
Without a doubt, Easthill is built upon the Word of God. Since our founding, we have never wavered nor compromised on the inspired, infallible and inerrant Word of God. We are committed to accurately teaching and preaching Holy Scripture at every opportunity. Whether in a Sunday morning service or Sunday School/Connect Group, we place a high value on the Word of God.
CONNECTED through RELATIONSHIPS
Developing relationships of encouragement and accountability
Galatians 6:2, Romans 15:1
Being connected to our brothers and sisters is an important part of our lives as believers. God does not want us to do life alone, but instead, to have authentic relationships with others in which we share both our struggles and joys. Being a part of a group provides both accountability and encouragement. It produces life change and growth. Easthill helps to promote this value by encouraging all members to be involved in Sunday School/Connect Groups.
ENGAGED in COMMUNITYCreating Ways to Communicate the Message of Salvation
As believers, we have a responsibility to share the gospel with those who do not know Jesus. Through engaging our neighbors locally, regionally and globally, we can strategically create relationships that provide opportunities to do so. In loving, helping, and providing for these people, we are also showing God's love as we care for those in need. We should seek out ways to build relationships and allow God to use us, and work through us, in sharing the good news of Jesus. The goal of outreach and missions is to make passionate followers of Jesus Christ through relationships that allow opportunities for the Gospel to be shared. Evangelism is not likely to occur unless we prioritize it in our conversations, our relationships, and our daily calendar.
DEVOTED in SERVICEUtilizing your gifts and abilities to serve others
We are to serve one another in the body of Christ. Jesus commanded us to love one another. One of the most practical ways we can truly love our brothers and sisters in Christ is to serve each other using the spiritual gifts that God has given to us. Often times people think of ministry as a vocational job, however, all believers should be passionately serving others. As a church, Easthill has many needs that are filled by volunteers serving. Each member of the church has specific spiritual gifts that help the body to function in unity. It is helpful for us to identify our spiritual gifts and abilities to know how we can best serve the church. When we serve, we allow God to work through us and impact others as well as change ourselves. We look to Jesus as our example of serving, as he served us by freely giving his life.
COURAGEOUS in GENEROSITYManaging, not owning the resources God gives you
Malachi 3:10, Matthew 6:21, 2 Cor. 8:9
The world we live in today is consumed with money and materialism. As Christians, we must guard against getting caught up in this worldly pursuit. We must remember that we are simply managers of our resources, not owners. All we have was given to us by God and should be used to honor and give back to him. We must look for ways to strategically give our money and possessions away. We must give obediently. We must give consistently. We must give sacrificially. We must give intentionally. Because money is such a powerful, gripping item, our hearts will follow where we put our money.
ANCHORED in PRAYERPursuing a Intimate Dependent Relationship with God
Prayer is the way in which we talk to God. It is honest, authentic communication with the God of this universe. Our prayer life is an indicator of our dependence on God. It is also a reflection of the intimate relationship between the Creator and his created people. Prayer can be planned and disciplined, spontaneous, or corporate. Although prayer may take different forms depending on our backgrounds, God is most concerned with our attitude in prayer as opposed to the method. Prayer gives us an opportunity to examine our hearts in humbling ourselves before God and realizing our need for Him in every aspect of our lives.