Our Mission & Vision
Our vision is defined most clearly by our Purpose and Mission statements.
What is the purpose of St. Andrew’s?
We exist to worship God and be good stewards of his creation.
What is the mission of St. Andrew’s?
Our mission is to transform the world through Christ — one heart at a time — by bringing all people into membership in the family of God, welcoming them fully by assimilating them into the life of the church, discipling them to follow Jesus and equipping them for ministry.
Membership, Assimilation, Discipleship and Equipment for Ministry are steps along the path toward becoming fully mature disciples of Christ — the path toward becoming what we call M.A.D.E. in Christ.
One of our mottos is “The church with the heart of Christ.” Part of what makes us the “church with the heart of Christ” is a set of commonly held values that define us as a church.
We Value the Apostles’ Teaching
We believe daily Bible study, regular attendance at church and participation in the Eucharist, and daily prayer as essential to our development as disciples of Jesus Christ.
We Value a Repentant Heart
To repent means to “change your mind.” In Romans 12:2 we read, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.” We want to be known as people who recognize our errors and change our thinking to be more like Jesus.
We Value Loving our Neighbors
As Christians, we are called to reach out in love and concern for others so that they can share the blessings God has given us. We also value responsible citizenship, common courtesy, helpfulness, and support for families.
We Value a Servant’s Heart
Each of us is called to make the needs of others a priority in our life. In doing so we know that God’s blessings are limitless and that he will provide for us. Servants ask, “What needs to be done?” not “What should be done?”
Jesus leads, and we follow.
We Value Harmony in the Church
Guarding the unity and harmony of the church is the responsibility of every member, and we charge our members to act in love toward one another, by refusing to gossip and by supporting our leaders.
We value the spiritual discipline of tithing
Our Vestry affirms the tithe as the minimal Biblical standard of giving, and ask our members to pledge to financially support the ministry of the church as God calls them to give. We view tithing not as a fundraising strategy, but as a matter of spiritual growth. Tithing the first 10 percent of our income to God, whether that be here at St. Andrew’s or elsewhere, reminds us that everything we have is given to us by God, and is an expression of gratitude for his blessings.