We believe that God has a vision for our church and our primary task as leaders is to listen to what God is saying and obediently respond.
We are learning how to live in this rhythm as a congregation. I believe that we should cultivate rhythms of leadership that produce predictable results. So, Church Council and Staff are committed to withdrawing for a day-long retreat twice a year to prayerfully listen to God and establish objectives for the next 6 months. We withdrew this weekend on retreat and spent time in prayer, pressing into the Word, and planning.
After each retreat we’ll gather in a town hall meeting with the Effort community to present what we feel like God has revealed to us and ask for input. We are humbly pursuing God and there may be times when we miss something.
We want everyone at Effort to prayerfully consider these objectives and give us some input because we are all on this journey together.
Mission and Values
Effort serves as a kingdom outpost in a broken world, manifesting and demonstrating kingdom living. We do this by creating a community of love, honor, respect, encouragement and support.
We believe excellence in all our work honors God, so we do our best.
We believe that transformative work happens in relationships, relationship with God and with one another, so we value relationships.
We believe the joy of the Lord is our strength so we invite, pursue and share joy in worship, in relationships and in community.
We believe we can be united in purpose without uniformity.
We believe we are agents of God’s mission of restoration and reconciliation, so we partner with the Holy Spirit to serve the poor, the oppressed, and the broken-hearted in our community, our country and the world.