Why We Exist
Reaching and leading people to take their next step with God.
The mission of the church is to make disciples. Discipleship isn’t just one of the things the church does; it is what the church does. Next Steps is our discipleship strategy. We believe that following Jesus is a lifelong journey that progresses one step at a time. The obvious first step is the invitation to follow. From there it is a progressive challenge of movement always looking to take the next step. Since the goal or destination is becoming like Christ, that journey will include the challenge of a continual next step. Vertical Church has designed steps to help people grow in every stage of spiritual development.
To help people Experience God, Find Community, and Fulfill Their Purpose.
Our vision comprises what we do. These three things keep us strategically simple to help people grow in a relationship with God. We believe God intended for us to live in His presence, with others, being who God called us to be and doing what He called us to do.
Our Weekend Celebrations are designed for people to experience the Presence of God. God deeply desires to connect with people and allow them to encounter His love. That’s why Jesus came; to make that possible for every human being. We believe that in God’s Presence our lives can be transformed.
Our Weekend Celebrations are for everyone. They provide a time for the church to gather to worship God corporately and learn His Word. But at the same time, we go out of our way to be a church that unchurched people enjoy attending. No matter where people are at in their journey of faith we want everyone to know that they can be united in a relationship with God and enjoy His presence.
Vertical Groups are a place to connect relationally and grow spiritually. We believe that life transformation happens in the context of relationships. Structured relationships provide the best opportunities for growth. Getting connected at Vertical means participating in a Vertical Group. God created us to live in community with others, and it is only then that we can experience the full life He intends for us. Vertical Groups refer to all the different types of Groups people can be involved in at Vertical Church.
Fulfill Your Purpose
All of us were created by God to make a difference in the life of another person. God has a place for each of us where our unique abilities and passions can touch the lives of others. Our Dream Team is how we empower volunteers to live out their purpose and serve others through their gifts and passions to make that difference. Serving others through love is how we most embody Christ and allow Him to be seen in our world. We believe that our lives will never make sense until we find, develop, and fulfill that purpose. Growth and maturity come as we become less focused on what we can receive and more focused on what we can give. Serving others through love is how we most embody Christ and allow Him to be seen in our world. Our Dream Team includes anywhere volunteers serve the mission and vision of Vertical Church which includes our Outreach and Missions efforts.
We Seek God’s Presence:
God’s presence is the essential and defining component of our services. Without it, we are nothing; within it, we find everything. His presence is what heals us, comforts us, guides us and breathes new life into us.
We Strive To Reach The Unreached:
We are committed to building bridges to the unchurched and making church a place that unchurched people enjoy attending. We want those who are far from God to know they are welcome. We will never allow our concern for the people we are trying to reach to become lesser because of the people we have reached.
We Uphold The Authority Of Scripture:
We believe God has spoken through the Scriptures. Therefore, the Bible is our ultimate authority.
We Seek To Foster Authentic Community:
We believe as we grow together spiritually life transformation happens in the context of intentional caring relationships. Relationally-connected believers form accountability, care, and a sense of belonging as they progress in their spiritual journey.
We Strive To Help Mature The Followers Of Christ:
We believe maturity, as a follower of Christ, is to live a Christ-centered life. That path is learning to replace self-centeredness with Christ-like self-sacrifice. Increasing love for Jesus is expressed through serving others, outreach, and personal evangelism. Our devotion for Christ grows as our will becomes surrendered to His.
We Celebrate Diversity:
We are committed to experiencing life as a diverse community. We celebrate all cultures, races, personalities, ages, and backgrounds because each reflects the beauty of our Maker in a unique way. Our differences individually complete us corporately.
We Strive For Excellence:
God is worthy of our best. Going beyond what is required and giving our best at all times in everything we do brings joy to God’s heart and glory to His name.
We Embrace Creativity:
God is the most creative being of all; therefore, as children of God, we embrace creativity in every aspect of our lives.
We Strive To Be Culturally Relevant:
Cultural awareness increases the opportunity to connect with people. When we bring God and the power of His Word into real-life situations people face on a daily basis, connections are made, and lives are changed.
We Empower Ministry To Happen:
We believe God has given gifts to everyone with the desire to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Ministry is serving others, and we believe