In terms of specific vision, we hope to be an intergenerational church reflecting the rich diversity of our area. We long to be a community that tears down boundaries between people groups and welcomes all regardless of background or perceived struggles. Ultimately, we long to be a worshipping community rooted in Christ, committed to one another, and engaged in our neighborhoods.
ROOTED IN CHRIST: Christ is the foundation upon which everything is to be rooted and built (Col 2:6-7). He is described in Scripture as the Cornerstone, the Vine, the High Priest, the Head of the church, etc. He reigns over the church from his heavenly throne and empowers its expansion through the work of the Holy Spirit. Christ has commissioned his followers to proclaim the gospel, and he has promised to tear down the walls of hostility between people groups (Eph 2:14, Rev 5:9). This brings great hope to an area as ethnically and socioeconomically blended as our area. To be rooted in Christ means to serve his purposes in his strength. It is also a recognition that, apart from him, we can do nothing of eternal value (John 15:3).
COMMITTED TO ONE ANOTHER: Christians cannot mature in isolation. Unfortunately, that is the tendency of many American Christians as they allow an individualistic and consumer mindset to pervade their church interactions. The idea of “doing life together” is far from common practice, and that has caused many Christians to be ill equipped and spiritually immature. Jesus once taught his disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you… By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35). Our congregation seeks to be committed to one another in a way that is counter-cultural and consistent with our gospel message. We long to share, care, and sacrifice for one another as the Lord gives the increase (Acts 2:42ff).
ENGAGED IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: Jesus commanded his disciples to love neighbor as self (Mark 12:31) and to be salt and light before a watching world (Matt 5:13-16, 1 Pet 2:12). The culture is changing rapidly around us, and the church can respond in many ways that are not the model of Christ. For example, some Christians want to retreat or buffer themselves from culture, while others want to dominate the culture. Parkway Presbyterian will seek to engage the culture through an active presence and faithful proclamation of the gospel in word and deed. An emphasis will be placed on love of neighbors as those made in the image of God. Teaching and related ministries will seek to cultivate an outreach orientation, and the relational strengths of the congregation will be used to make important bridges into the life of the surrounding community.