Our Vision & Values
There is a vision that God has been stirring up at Oak Hills Church. It is a vision of a community of followers of Christ who are experiencing the transforming power of the Spirit of God and sharing that power with the world around us. We really have no desire to simply attract a crowd. But we are passionate about transformation. Helping people to experience the reality of God in their lives. We believe that this was the core message of Jesus. Jesus wanted us to know that the actual experience of His gracious rule in our lives is available to anyone who follows Him.
We are passionate about teaching people to live in the grace and goodness of Jesus. Everything we do at Oak Hills is seen against the backdrop of this singular vision. To be a church where people are being transformed by the power of God.
If you find this to be the cry of your own heart, you may find the community of Oak Hills Church to be just the thing your heart is longing for. And we invite you to join us in reaching out to a world that is desperate for true transformation.
For more information about the heart of Oak Hills contact Lorraine Rothenburg.
Worship (1 Chronicles 16:7-36)
We are made to worship God because of who He is and what He has done for us. We do this on our own, through the lives we lead, and together as a community of Christ followers. We desire worship experiences that respect the history of the Church while seeking to find new ways to express our love to Him.
Spiritual Formation (Ephesians 4)
We will emphasize the importance of who we are becoming in Christ as a crucial component of living the Gospel. We will provide ministries and experiences that train people to gradually become more like Him. This training has both individual and communal facets. The process takes time and effort and is inherently inefficient. There are disciplines, relationships and experiences we engage in by ourselves (i.e. solitude, prayer) and others we engage in as the Body of Christ (i.e. worship, study, eating).
Outreach (Luke 15, Matthew 25:31-46 )
We will seek to invite people outside the family of God to follow Him and learn to live in His Kingdom. We will also create opportunities for those who are growing in Christ-likeness to give themselves away for the sake of others. Like Jesus, we are called to give our lives away regardless of how people respond. This includes caring for the disenfranchised, welcoming people into our lives, homes and Church, and ministering to their various needs.
Community (John 13:1-17, 1 John 3:11-24)
We will encourage full participation in the life of the Church believing She is the Bride of Christ and a crucial part of God’s plan for the world. We encourage people to have vulnerable relationships with other Christ followers. We want people to take the risky step and enter into deeper levels of community with a few others who desire maturity in Christ.
Missional Living (Matthew 25:31- 46, Isaiah 61:1-3)
We will create opportunities for those who are growing in Christ-likeness to give themselves away for the sake of others. Like Jesus, we are called to give our lives away regardless of how people respond. This includes caring for the disenfranchised, welcoming people into the lives, homes and Church, and ministering to their various needs.
Biblical Fidelity (Psalm 119, Colossians 3:16)
We believe the Bible is the written Word of God and is the source of truth for our teaching, leadership, and discipleship.
Careful Thinking (Colossians 2:8)
We believe in grappling with various theological and conceptual issues so we understand the why behind what we do as a Church. The fact that something “works” does not mean we should uncritically embrace it. We are committed to upholding our theology of God, the Gospel, worship and the Christian life.
Contagiously Fun (Joshing 12:32)
We believe it is an act of faith in God to risk delight in a world which is often cold and cruel. Having fun reminds us to take ourselves with a grain of salt and always enjoy the journey.
Relentless Authenticity (Galatians 2:11-16, Psalm 13)
We believe in being real with God, ourselves and with one another. We encourage raw honesty about how we are doing, where we are struggling and what God is stirring in our heart.
Gracious Hospitality (1 Peter 4:8-9)
We believe the Gospel compels us to love our neighbors, welcome them into our lives, homes and Church, care for their needs, and show hospitality to them without regard for their response.
Redemptive Disruption (John 4:1-26, Galatians 1:6-10)
We believe spiritual growth happens when we venture beyond our comfort zones. We desire a culture where people ask each other probing, beneath-the-surface questions to spur one another on toward maturity in Christ.
Creative Artistry (Genesis 1:1-2:2, Psalm 19)
We believe God is the ultimate Artist and the inspiration for all creativity. The arts help us interpret and understand the world God has made. Beauty beckons the soul toward God. Through the arts we express the deep mysteries of the heart and soul, seeking to glorify God through our artistry.
Persistent Prayer (Ephesians 6:18, Matthew 7:7-11, 18:1-8)
We believe that God is sovereign and that persistent prayer is reflective of hearts that recognize our dependence on Him. He has created us for relationship with Him, and prayer helps us to communicate with Him, hear from Him and align our hearts with His heart.
Financial Faithfulness (Matthew 6:19-20, 25:14-30, 1 Timothy 6:10)
We believe all that we have belongs to God, and that we are not fully spiritually converted until our checkbook is. A crucial aspect of our spiritual formation is to invest our wealth in eternal things, living within our means and giving away to others.
Organizational Ownership (1 Corinthians 15:58)
We believe the organization of the church matters, from the cleanliness of the restrooms to the excellence of our programs, as a purposeful expression of our love for God and as we contribute together as a family united in this local expression of the larger body of Christ.