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The DNA of Preston Trail

At Preston Trail we have a very clear understanding of who we are as a church. This clarity comes from an awareness of our mission (what we're supposed to be doing), our values (the shared convictions that guide our decisions and reveal our strengths), our strategy (what we do to accomplish our mission) and our measures (how we know when we're successful). The desired result in all of these is that the mission of Jesus would become the mission of our lives.

Our Mission:

Helping people find and follow Jesus Christ

Helping people find and follow Jesus Christ is why we exist.

Our Values:

Smile First

Welcoming people so they feel expected and accepted

Think Family

Growing marriages and families that are built to last

Be Real

Taking off our masks and daring to be known

Do Stuff

Turning what we're learning into action

Lead Forward

Anticipating what's next and having the courage to do it

Love Story

Celebrating God's big story . . . and every new one He writes

Our Strategy:

Gather

Gather on the Weekend

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Connect

Connect with a Group

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Serve

Serve the Church

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Engage

Engage your World

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Our Measures:

  1. Have I had a spiritual conversation with my kids this week?
  2. Did God make my calendar today?
  3. Is God my financial advisor?
  4. Is my workplace better because I showed up today?
  5. How am I serving my church in a meaningful way?
  6. How would my friends describe my faith?
  7. What have I done lately for someone who can't pay me back?
  8. How would my spouse rate our marriage?
  9. How much of my story does my small group know?

Our Beliefs:

Life makes sense only in light of a God who is personal, relational and full of love. (1 John 4:16)

God made the world and everything in it to mirror and reflect his character. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3)

God made humans to live in this world in peace and joy, sharing his love with one another. (Genesis 1:26-28)

God has given us the freedom to say YES or NO to his invitation to live under his gracious rule. Sadly, our NO has led us down the road to alienation, self-destruction, and death. (Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 1:18-32)

God so wanted us to find the road to wholeness and life that he sent his beloved son, Jesus, to show us the way. (John 1:14-18; 3:16-17)

Jesus was the most wonderful person who ever set foot on this planet. Although he was fully divine, he took on full humanity in order to identify with us. He taught us how to live with him in God's Kingdom. He suffered for our wrongdoings and was put to death for our sinful ways. Why would the eternally perfect Son of God embrace agony and death? He did this so that we might be restored to a right relationship with God, with others, and with ourselves. After he was killed, Jesus was raised back to life and then went home to heaven to be with his heavenly Father. (Philippians 2:5-13; Hebrews 12:1-2)

Jesus is still in the world today through his Spirit, calling all people everywhere to join him right now in serving God and others. (John 14:15-18; Acts 1:6-8)

All who follow Jesus discover a community of fellow-believers and friends that becomes our spiritual family. Jesus calls it his body on earth. We call it the church. It is the hope of the world. Its purpose is to continue Jesus' work of loving all people and helping them find new life in God. (Matthew 16:18; Romans 12:3-8)

Baptism signifies and celebrates being born again into God's family. It requires active faith in Jesus, so we baptize people after they have chosen to follow Christ. (Romans 6:4)

Communion signifies and celebrates God's pardon and presence in our lives. In a unique and spiritual way, Jesus makes himself known to his followers at the Lord's Supper. (Matthew 26:26-29)

There is an evil presence in the world that seeks to undermine all the good things God is doing. We are called to resist this Evil One through prayer, perseverance, and the support of fellow-believers. (Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:8-9)

God is guiding human history according to his own perfect plan. One day Jesus will come back to earth, and that will be the end of the world as we know it. On that day God will make all things new, defeat evil once and for all, fulfill our best hopes, restore our broken relationships, heal our wounds, and reveal his love fully and perfectly. (1 Corinthians 15:22-28; Revelation 20-22)

The God whom we worship and love is eternally one God, yet has revealed himself in history as existing in three persons. God is Father, Son, and Spirit – yet without being three separate or distinct Gods, and without being one God with three phases or forms. God is one and God is three: this is the mystery of the Christian faith. Belief in God as Trinity reflects orthodox Christian theology and sets Christianity apart from all other religions and faiths. (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Corinthians 13:13)

This awesome story of God and his purposes is told in the Bible, which we believe is God's written Word that testifies to his living Word, Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)


Messages

To better understand the DNA which makes up Preston Trail, we recommend two message series: "Find & Follow” and “No Perfect People Allowed”

Series: Find & Follow Series: No Perfect People Allowed


Willow Creek AssociationPreston Trail Community Church is a member of the Willow Creek Association.

 The WCA is a not-for-profit ministry with more than 10,000 Member Churches from 90 denominations and 35 countries. They represent a wide variety of sizes, denominations and backgrounds, and are ministering in literally every corner of the world. As they pursue their own unique, God-given vision for ministry in their community, Member Churches confirm a shared commitment to Christ and a passion for reaching lost people.

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