OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing,
loving and serving from our doorsteps “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

OUR VISION

To be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community,
deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. (Micah 6:8)
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justice,
and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” ~Micah 6:8

True community

We are called to love one another as Christ has loved us and to be a community —a true community through which the world will recognize Christ. As such, we care for one another and we offer opportunities to grow and learn and ways to serve others. Embodying true community isn’t just about us! It means reaching out to include others and encouraging the growth of a diverse community in which all are welcomed and cared for. We seek to provide a rich fellowship and sense of community for people of all ages and walks of life. Study and fellowship groups offer opportunities to ask honest questions, share opinions and discover ways to deal with life’s difficult issues and to grow in faith. They also deepen relationships and widen our circles of concern. And sometimes we just have fun together!

Deep Christian Spirituality

“The first commandment is this . . .You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” ~Mark 12:29

Christian spirituality is a way of life that relates who and what we are to God as revealed in Jesus Christ and as experienced through the Holy Spirit. (~Richard Hamm) At Forest Hill we encourage one another in the spiritual practices through which we open ourselves to being shaped by God. These practices include prayer, Bible study, worship, stewardship, service, study of the church’s tradition and hospitality to strangers. Our spiritual formation opportunities range from teaching children to love Jesus to helping adults live Christ-like lives.

A passion for justice

“The second commandment is this “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” ~Mark 12:30

As followers of Jesus, we are committed to being as passionate about justice as he was. We believe that reaching out to others is essential to our faith and our identity as Christians. And we know that we have been blessed in order to be a blessing.

As such we:

• welcome all people into the life, leadership and witness of our community of faith

• commit, along with our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), to become an anti-racist, pro-reconciling church

• provide a safe, nurturing environment for pre-schoolers to learn and grow and experience the love of God

• care about our environment and seek to be wise stewards of the earth’s resources

• are committed to helping our neighbors by serving in soup kitchens, providing clothes and resources for people without homes, and support for those who struggle with disabilities

• raise funds and collect supplies for other ministries and agencies in our city and around the world to reach out to those in need