About

Good Shepherd was founded as a small group of people wanting to do the Bible. Over 40 years later, that group of people has become a multi-generational community of disciples from every generation who creatively make disciples of Jesus.

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“LEARNING TOGETHER TO LIVE LIKE CHRIST WHILE REACHING OUT IN HIS NAME.”

Leadership

Good Shepherd is led by a plurality of staff elders (Executive Pastors) and lay elders who equip and empower our fellow body members as we learn together to live like Christ while reaching out in His name. 

OUR VISION

To help all people, regardless of their starting point, find freedom FROM what hinders them, and freedom FOR their next steps with God, with others, on mission.

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17).

We pursue freedom FROM what hinders us – including the desire for selfish pleasure, the allure of power and possessions, and the grip of doubt and fear.

We pursue freedom FOR the abundant life God want for us – a growing relationship with Him, more Christ-centered relationships with others, and participation in His mission of sharing His love with others.

Statement of faith

WE BELIEVE…

…in the Bible. We believe the Bible—the Old Testament and New Testament which together contain 66 books—is inspired by God and is without error. Therefore we believe it to be our only true and reliable written source for understanding and obeying God’s will.

…you can understand the Bible. We believe there’s only one correct method of interpreting any portion of the Bible and that’s to take a “literal” approach. In other words, Scripture means literally or exactly what it says unless a study of the original grammar, culture and/or history indicates some figurative meaning was intended by the writer and understood by the reader. Therefore, Scripture is not subject to change from era to era nor is it a matter of “what it means to me.” An accurate understanding by the reader requires both diligent study and illumination by the Holy Spirit to determine what the Scripture was intended to mean to its original readers, not what it can be made to mean.

…God surely exists. We believe the Bible teaches there is but one true and living God who is one in His unchanging nature, and yet who has eternally existed in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Though it’s hard for us as finite (limited) creatures to fully understand an infinite God, Scripture tells us each person of this trio – called the Trinity – has exactly the same nature and qualities, and each is equally worthy of our confidence, obedience and worship.

…man’s sins separate him from God. Man was originally created by God to enjoy close, personal fellowship with Him, but by his own sin and disobedience man has received the penalty of death and separation from God.

…that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God.

…that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.

…God offers loving forgiveness and eternal life with Him. God, in His immeasurable compassion and grace, offers to save us from our sin through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. We must understand this gift is freely offered but not automatically bestowed. God gives this gift of forgiveness and eternal life to those who humble themselves, confess their sinfulness, repent (turn around), and receive Jesus as their only hope for salvation.

OUR Values

  1. Do the Bible – We want to live as disciples of Christ by knowing, believing and obeying God’s word.
  2. Dependence on God – We want to fully depend on God in prayer in every area of life.
  3. Shepherd’s Heart – We want each person in our church family to be known, loved and valued.
  4. Oneness – We want to be unified in vision and purpose with the other members of our church family.
  5. Engage the Culture – We want to hear and know the voice of God among all the competing voices in our world and to engage the culture with it.
  6. Biblical Citizenship – We want to “seek the welfare of the city” (Jer. 29:7) where God has placed us and “pray to the LORD on its behalf.”
  7. Global Mission – We seek to spread the Good News of Jesus around the world.
  8. Small Groups – In addition to our large weekend gathering, we want to intentionally gather in small groups to take our next steps with God, with others, on mission together.
  9. Youth and School Ministry – We want to faithfully love, equip and empower the next generation of disciples of Christ by intentionally serving, discipling and shepherding them.
  10. Generosity – We want to sacrificially and cheerfully give our money to support the mission, vision and values of Christ’s church.

Continuing Together Covenant

“Learning together to live like Christ while reaching out in His name.”

In light of the commitment of our pastors and elders to shepherd and equip us in accordance with God’s word, I intend, with God’s help, to continue taking my next steps with God, with others, on mission together with my fellow members in the body of Christ at Good Shepherd.

Next Steps With God:

· I have put my faith in Jesus and depend solely on His life, death and resurrection for my salvation. (John 3:16, Rom. 10:9-10, Eph. 2:8-9)

· I have been, or will be, baptized as a public testimony of my faith in Jesus and my desire to follow Him. (Matt. 28:19, Rom. 6:3-4, Acts 2:38)

· I will regularly remember and proclaim His death on the cross with my church family through communion. (Luke 22:19-20, 1 Cor. 11:23-29)

· I will strive toward daily prayer and personal study of God’s Word to know Him better, trust Him more, and obey Him more fully. (John 15:7, Php. 4:6, 2 Tim. 3:16-17)

· I will actively seek the presence, power and guidance of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in all areas of my life. (Rom. 8:14, Gal. 5:16-25, 2 Peter 1:3-8)

Next Steps With Others:

· I will seek to lovingly encourage and spiritually strengthen my family and friends. (Rom. 1:11-12, Php. 2:1-4, 1 Thess. 2:11-12)

· I will seek to regularly participate in the weekend gathering of the body. (Heb. 10:24-25, Eph. 4:11-16, Acts 20:7)

· I will seek to participate in smaller groups with fellow members of the body to take our next steps with God, with others, on mission together. (Matt. 18:20, Acts 2:42-47, Heb. 3:12-14)

· I will invite and receive biblical shepherding and equipping from our church leadership. (Eph. 4:11-16, Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-5)

Next Steps on Mission:

· I will pursue my God-given role in the body of Christ at Good Shepherd by sacrificially and cheerfully serving with my time, talents and money in dependence on God. (1 Peter 4:10-11, Rom. 12:3-8, 2 Cor. 9:6-8)

· I will pray for those God has placed in my life who don’t yet know Him and will take the opportunity to share Jesus with them as the Holy Spirit prompts. (Rom. 10:1, Col. 4:5-6, 1 Peter 3:15)

· I will seek to live on mission in my neighborhood, workplace and/or school by praying for and actively seeking opportunities to be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus. (Acts 1:8, Matt. 5:13-16, Matt. 25:34-40)

· I will seek to be engaged in the Great Commission by regularly praying for our Global Outreach Staff and financially supporting the work of making disciples of all nations. (Eph. 6:18-20, Matt. 28:18-20, Matt. 24:14)