Who We Are

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Welcome to Harbert Community Church. We seek to be a welcoming congregation for Harbor Country in SW Michigan. We are a gathering of newcomers and long-time believers committed to God in the way of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. We span the generations, and we are committed to growing in discipleship regardless of our ages. We come from a variety of backgrounds, and bring together a variety of Christian traditions.

Our Mission & Vision

We are united as followers of Jesus to know God and to make God known.

  Knowing God relationally through…
• Worship,
• Study,
• and Prayer.

  Making God known through…
• Loving Relationships,
• Intentional Service,
• and Personal Invitation.

  Our vision is to be a bridge
• Connecting with one another in the transforming power of God’s Spirit.
• Extending Good News of God’s love to neighbors and friends.
• Spanning differences that often divide such as age, gender, race, and politics.
We are an intergenerational community of people with difference spiritual
backgrounds, and home to seasonal and year round residents.
• Joining together locally with other churches and organizations in the
community to extend God’s love.
• Partnering globally as a part of the Church worldwide.

Our Core Values

Centrality of Scripture – The Bible reveals God’s character, purposes, and
activity throughout time. This sacred book is our primary means of knowing
God and is our primary text by which we live. Because Scripture can be
misinterpreted we must read carefully, contextually, and in community.

Authority of Christ – Our highest authority is Jesus. The Bible says in
Romans 11:36, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To
Him be the glory forever.” The oldest and most important unifying belief of
Christians throughout time can be summed up in three words, “Jesus is
Lord!” (Romans 10:9) The Bible speaks of Jesus as having the authority of
God and sharing a unity with God. Jesus, by taking on human flesh, opens up
access for us to know God.

Presence of God’s Spirit – We are a movement of God’s Spirit,
dynamically at  work throughout history and actively at work in our world
today. Our mission of “knowing God” isn’t the same as knowing about God. It
more closely resembles the knowing that occurs between two people in
relationship with one another. God’s Spirit guides, convicts, and speaks as we
listen.

Necessity of Faith – Faith can be described as believing in things unseen
and trusting in God for our future (Hebrews 11:1). Scripture declares, “For it
is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from
yourselves, it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) The prerequisite for faith is
not understanding but simple trust in God. Even the tiniest amount of faith
can grow to amazing proportions (Matthew 17:20).

Priority of Healthy Relationships – As 1 Corinthians 13 says, we can
accomplish many things, but without love it means nothing. A church is only
as strong as the relationships of the members within, and love is the crowning
virtue for all who follow Christ.

Reliance on Grace – No Perfect People Allowed. Living by grace we
emphasize humility, repentance, and surrender. Repentance and forgiveness
is the pathway to personal transformation prescribed by Scripture and the
means by which God restores relationships. Membership and sharing in the
sacrament of Holy Communion is open to all who desire to know Christ and
walk in his ways.

Focus on Spiritual Growth – Transformation of our character and
attitude into the likeness of Christ in unity with God’s Spirit is the aim of
spiritual growth. As Galatians 2:22-23 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and
self-control.” These are markers of spiritual health and vitality.

Focus on Outreach – We are a multi-generational church of people from
many different backgrounds and faith experiences. As a “community church”
our desire is to reach out with the Good News and love of Jesus, overcoming
barriers that typically divide the community around us.

Emphasis on Giving – Church is not about being entertained or only
having personal needs and desires fulfilled. Church is participatory and
communal. We give of ourselves and resources entrusted to us by God in
order to reach people with the Good News of God’s love. This includes time,
talents, and treasure.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We
welcome all who are on a journey of faith seeking Christ and his priorities for
their lives. Belonging and believing is not seen as a finish line but a starting
line in this journey together.

Affiliation – We are a community church with people of different
backgrounds. We are also a partner congregation with the Evangelical
Covenant Church. As such we welcome the leadership of
both men and women in our church and exercise our “freedom in Christ”
(Galatians 5) with regard to different views of baptism informed by Scripture
and traditional practices in the church. To learn more visit: Evangelical Covenant Church

 

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