Core
Values

The Authority of Scripture

Everything we do and teach is to be in line with (and never contradicted by) by the 66 books of the Holy Bible. Every teaching, every prophetic word, and every “new idea” must stand up to the scrutiny of the entire Bible. Where Scripture allows for differing views, we too allow for differing views. But where Scripture is clear (when properly interpreted through sensible “hermeneutics” and “exegesis”), we believe that it is the final authority on matters of life, godliness, mission, ministry, conduct, relationships, and more. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Timothy 3:16)

A Family-Oriented Model of Ministry

While there are many different and valid ways of organizing a church, we feel that the healthiest way is to operate like a family. Disputes and disagreements are handled with the mutual understanding of long-term commitment to one another and the expectation that “you will see this person again.” Authority and leadership positions are granted relationally through faithfulness, service, and earning the trust of others. Elder people are honored and loved as our own family members. Generosity and kindness are extended to each other when someone is in need, just as we would care for our own family. (Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 5:1-2)

The Active Presence of God

Theologically, God is everywhere, but there are times when God takes specific action in a given time and place. We believe that God is with us all the time (whether or not we feel His presence and whether or not He does anything attention-grabbing), but we also believe that it is healthy to desire experiences with Him-in-action. Whenever we gather together—whether in our house churches, our large gatherings, our events, our leadership meetings, on the streets, or anywhere else—we expect that God is going to reveal Himself in a powerful way and do something to impact our lives and the lives of those around us. Jesus promised that as Spirit-empowered believers, we would witness Him in action wherever we go. We desire and aim for a sustained experience of interacting with our very real and alive God—both as a church and as individuals. (Acts 1:8; John 14:12; Mark 16:15-20) 

Authenticity and Honor

Part of honoring Jesus is honoring His Body, and every believer around us is part of that Body. To dishonor His Body is to dishonor Him. So our culture is to purposefully honor, encourage, and lift up one another (including other churches) as part of expressing worship to the Lord. The other part of this is that we’re all real with one another. When honor is based on who Jesus is and not based on our perfection, we feel free to be honest about our own imperfections, allowing our fellow believers to pray for us, encourage us, and help us in our weaknesses. Furthermore, this perspective keeps our honor genuine (instead of being mere flattery) because we’re actually honoring Jesus in each other (rather than simply pretending that we’re all worthy of something we’re not). (Romans 12:9-10; John 12:26)

Passionate Faithfulness

Real faithfulness transcends emotions and earthly circumstances. We are a people who serve Jesus and love each other—not because it’s easy or because it’s always fun but because it’s who the Holy Spirit has made us to be in Christ. But even though we may not always feel passionate or joyful, we choose to honor the Bible’s commands to “rejoice in the Lord always” and to “never be lacking in zeal.” We choose to be faithful because Jesus is faithful, and we choose to be passionate in all we do because Jesus is worthy of so much more than we could ever give. (Romans 12:11-12; Colossians 1:28-29)

Generosity, Hospitality, & Compassion

Our faithfulness and passion go beyond service in the church and extend to our careers, finances, and families. We encourage and prioritize debt-free living so that we are free to give generously, to fund the advancement of the Gospel, and to help one another in times of need. And since we have such a central focus on house church ministry, hospitality becomes all the more important to the fabric of our faith, serving one another and caring for one another in our homes as one would care for family, even when it seems inconvenient. (Romans 12:13; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11; 1 Peter 4:9)

Training, Equipping, & Sending

According to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Jesus has placed some people in the church for the purpose of training and equipping other believers in five key areas: 

  1. Apostolic ministry, which is to represent Jesus, to blaze trails for the Gospel, and to be sent into the world as a messenger with a mission; 

  2. Prophetic ministry, which is to discern what God is saying for others and then articulate it to them in a meaningful way, often calling them into their own fellowship with God; 

  3. Evangelistic ministry, which is to tell people the good news about Jesus and what He has made possible for their lives, including demonstrations of His love and power in Jesus’ name; 

  4. Shepherding ministry, which is to care for one another, keep watch over one another, aid in the spiritual growth of one another, and integrate lost sheep into the flock; and 

  5. Teaching ministry, which is to imitate Jesus in a way that verbally and experientially educates believers and unbelievers in who God is and how to interact with Him. 

 

We actively look for people who are specifically called by the Lord to train us in these ways so that we can “all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 28:18-20)

Every Believer a Minister

Jesus said that “everyone” who believes in Him would do His same works (and even greater!). And according to the prophet Joel, God’s Spirit is equally given to men, women, adults, children, rich, and poor. No one is exempt from the privilege of ministering to people because all the cultural “dividing walls” are removed in Christ. (John 14:12, Joel 2:28, Galatians 3:28).

Transformation from Small to Large

Our desire is to transform the culture of our region to become more and more like the Kingdom of God. This can only happen if we are effectively bringing Jesus’ transforming power to the lives of individuals and families. Our house churches embrace the culture of God's Kingdom in order to influence the lives of individuals, families, and eventually the culture of our cities and region. Therefore, the majority of our energy is focused on personal evangelism, fellowship, and discipleship, knowing God’s Kingdom will gradually increase to produce the large-scale transformation God desires. (Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 13:31-33; 2 Corinthians 5:16-20)

Prayer, Obedience, Faith, and the Supernatural Intervention of God

We believe that the world around us is, by default, in a fallen state. Without the “super-natural” intervention of God, the natural course of things is entropy (breaking down, falling apart, death, destruction, etc.). But God has chosen to partner with His children in positively influencing the world around us. Through simple trust and dependence on Him—a faith that is grown through relationship with Him—we are able to see the devil’s work dismantled and the kingdom of God established. When we pray and when we obey the Lord’s direction with faith in our faithful God that He will follow through, we are blessed to see the supernatural intervention of God imposed upon the natural course of things. Prayer, obedience to Jesus, and faith in Him produce real, miraculous results. (1 John 3:8; Matthew 6:10)

Vital Empowerment from the Holy Spirit

Even though Jesus commanded His disciples to “go into all the world and make disciples,” He also commanded them to wait where they were until they had been “clothed with power from on high.” While it is possible to do great things in our own God-given strength, Jesus intends for us to be empowered and emboldened by His Spirit to do greater things than even He did when He walked the earth. If we are going to succeed—along with all believers—at fulfilling Jesus’ commission to us, then we must consider vital what He considered vital and seek to receive the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We do not support a culture of elitism but simply encourage every believer to prioritize seeking the empowerment of God for the sake of missional success. (Luke 24:49; John 14:12; Acts 1:4-8)

Lifestyle Evangelism & Purposeful Outreach

We believe Jesus has called us to two forms of reaching out to the world around us: (1) lifestyle evangelism and (2) purposeful outreach. Lifestyle evangelism is the practice of looking for opportunities in daily life where we can share the good news of Jesus with people in our regular spheres of influence. This could be in our own households, at work, at school, on the streets, in stores, or anywhere we may find ourselves in the normal course of life. But if this is the only form of evangelism we ever practice, some of us may never find ourselves among the poor, the drug addicts, the homeless, or other people who may never cross paths with us but need the Gospel just the same. Therefore, we need to also engage in purposeful outreach to people in places where we might not otherwise go to reveal the life and love of Jesus. As a church, we practice and encourage both forms of evangelism, scattering the seeds of God’s good news wherever we can. (Ephesians 4:1; Romans 10:14-15; Matthew 10:7-8)

Global Missions

While the bulk of what we do centers on our own local area, we refuse to neglect our ultimate calling to “go into all the world.” Therefore, we regularly support foreign missionaries and even send teams and individuals from our own church to nations around the world where their gifts, ministries, testimonies, and experiences will be valuable to the people of those places. Every official house church in our network helps to support at least one foreign missionary, and our church is purposeful about proclaiming the heart and message of global missions on a regular basis. (Matthew 24:14; Mark 16:15; Philippians 4:16-19)

Roots
Church
Assembly of God

info@rootschurch.org

PO Box 87922

Canton, MI 48187

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