One of the best ways to better understand our community is to understand our values. They guide our decisions and shape our life together. We seek to be a community that is safe, stretching, simple, sending, and a part of God’s story. Here’s what we mean:
We seek to be a place where individuals from all walks of life feel welcome. We're striving to be a community where people with different perspectives and backgrounds can encounter God together and learn from one another. Hopefully, at Trinity we never have to pretend to be someone we are not.
While we want to be an environment where anyone feels welcome, we also want to be a place where growth occurs. As we follow Jesus together, we become more like the people God created us to be. We change. Sometimes this is a joyful experience. Sometimes it is painful. Hopefully, at Trinity it always occurs with the support of community.
We try to keep things pretty basic. You’ll never see a smoke machine or lasers on Sunday. We don’t spend a lot of money on programs. This isn’t because we’re stingy or stuck up. It’s because we want to invest our resources in what God is doing in the world as best we can. So instead of replacing the dingy couches in the back of the sanctuary or the dirty carpet, we try to give away a significant portion of our money to our local and global mission partners and invest our time in our neighborhood.
One of our primary goals is be a community that partners with God’s redemptive work in the world. We think God is fostering beauty, peace, justice, and mercy in and through us. This means that we try to be people who embody those things in our everyday lives as teachers, accountants, graphic designers, or whatever else we do. It also means we try to stand in solidarity with those who are not afforded the peace and justice God desires.
When we look at the stories of scripture, our lives and the world around us, we see God moving us toward what scripture calls shalom or wholeness, a way of life where everyone is able to flourish. We think the movement of our individual and communal lives is meant to sync up with God’s movement throughout history toward wholeness. Our stories are a part of God’s story.
And we promise we didn’t try to make all these start with s…it just happened