Our neighbors, the people we work with, play with, laugh with and dream with – these are our people, our tribe. They belong to us and we belong to them. Our world matters. So God has sent us to serve them with a fresh and audacious faith that believes in the dream of His kingdom coming into our right-now, right-here lives.
We will follow the example of Jesus and make Westside a community where every generation finds hope and a home. We will be relentless in our efforts to recognize and honor the beautiful textures and colors that each age group provides.
We are all pieces of the whole picture, bringing our gifts, talents and energy to create something greater than the sum of our parts. Life groups are led, needs are met, people are loved because we recognize that every person, from small to big or young to old, plays an essential part in this grand mission.
We recognize that God has set us in our city and century for a specific reason. While the message of the gospel is timeless and unchanging, we will speak it in a way that reaches as many people as possible and our personal preferences will take a back seat to this goal.
In a world filled with posing and pretense, we are working hard to develop a culture where people are free to let their true selves shine. This means we don’t all dress, talk or think alike – but we value the diversity that comes from true authenticity.
All that we are dreaming or attempting is impossible without the power of the Holy Spirit infusing this work with grace and wisdom. Our individual and corporate mandate, therefore, is to listen carefully, follow closely and obey completely with freedom to fail. We love impossible things because they keep us safely dependent on the only One who is able.
Our goal is to develop a culture fueled by grace, where we honor, forgive and serve one another. Our intention is for every person we meet to feel noticed, known and loved.