Our Purpose: Living With God, Together in Community, Learning to Love.
Our name “Emmanuel” means God with us. This reminds us that our purpose is to live with God. This life with God is only possible because of the love and grace given to us in Christ. Having responded to God through faith in Jesus, we continue to follow Christ together, by loving God and our neighbours, especially those on campus and in our community.
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” Matthew 22:36–39
We understand that to fulfill our purpose, we will be involved in the following types of ministry:
Worship: We seek God’s presence.
Discipleship: We reflect God’s character:
Fellowship: We share in God’s family:
Mission: We serve God’s kingdom:
Stewardship: We resource our primary ministries.
As we pursue our purpose in our ministries we will see the following qualities lived out:
Practical: We show God’s love in action.
Biblical: We trust that God’s Word transforms lives.
Attentive: We notice, welcome and do not forget.
Relevant: We engage with our culture and work hard to communicate.
Gracious: Our friendly attitudes value diverse people.