We acknowledge our dependence on God and affirm our continual need of prayer and God’s empowering Spirit.
We believe that all people are loved by God, regardless of age, gender, education, class, ethnicity, sexuality or physical/mental health and that God works through all believers – and others besides.
We respect others working alongside us and are grateful for the foundations laid by the many who have gone before us.
We want to learn from others, seeking to shape what we do in light of the experiences, discoveries, successes, and mistakes of fellow-workers.
We seek to be careful not to drain other local churches of their often limited resources, but hope to be an encouragement and support to them.
We realize the importance of living uncluttered lives, holding possessions lightly, and recognizing that all we have is to be at God’s disposal.
We know we are not indispensable and what we attempt to do is part of a much bigger picture, so will try to keep ourselves in perspective and maintain a sense of humor in our work.
We recognize the importance of taking risks and the demands of mission in the city, and we believe that it is acceptable to fail.
We value courage, creativity and diversity as we try to discover relevant ways of being church in different contexts.
We believe that questions and theological reflection are important as we learn together and discern the way forward.
We aim to be catalysts, encouraging and releasing creativity in both church and community as we seek and share God in the city.
We believe in discouraging dependency and developing indigenous leadership within maturing churches that will have the capacity to sustain and reproduce themselves.
We are excited that God can be discovered in the heart of the city and commit ourselves to explore various forms of prayer and worship that are appropriate here.
We realize that God’s Spirit blows freely and so we will not assume our work should continue indefinitely.
We believe that, in Jesus, God is revealed locally, and that we should be committed to our local community or relational network and active members of it.
We believe that the gospel works through relationships and that serving God consists largely in building life-giving relationships with others.
We recognize that Christian faith is a journey and we are committed to helping people move forward, wherever they are at present.
We focus on under-churched areas and neglected people, trying to find ways of communicating Jesus appropriately to those most frequently marginalized, condemned and abused by society.
We challenge the trend of some Christians moving out of the cities and encourage Christians to relocate to neighborhoods within cities.
We believe in doing things with and not just for communities, sharing our lives with others and learning from others who share their lives with us.
We see teamwork, networking and mutual accountability as vital, recognizing that individuals and churches need each other.