JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING /
Westside Church exists to equip men, women, and children to extend the life and love of Jesus in their world by helping them know Jesus and become more like Him.
FINDING OUR PLACE IN THE STORY /
The Bible tells the story of the highs and lows of humanity, but also of God’s unwavering love for us. His purpose from Genesis to Revelation and from Bethlehem to Bend, can be summed up in three words: Create, restore, redeem. Inside this epic narrative, we also find the story of us – our longings and failings, yes, but also our potential to partner with Him in this grand mission to love our world back to life.
THE WAY OF JESUS /
Becoming like Jesus means loving like Jesus. The motivation that fuels every aspect of our mission is the way of Jesus. His life, love and purpose are everything to us. Sometimes this is hard to chart with graphs and grids, or teach in classes or conversations, but we’ve found that we know it when we see it and we know it when we feel it and we most especially know it when we live it.
OUR STRATEGY / THE FOUR MILEPOSTS
These strategic markers help us create a community that is becoming more like Jesus.
1. ENVIRONMENTS THAT LEAD TO LIFE /
Our gatherings are a place where the gospel of Jesus Christ is accessible, clear and compelling. We intentionally remove barriers to experiencing the grace of Jesus so that all might know the love of God. These environments include worship, prayer, biblical teaching and practical application.
Examples: Weekly Worship Gatherings, Kids Ministry, Classes & Groups, Youth & Young Adult Ministry.
2. COMMUNITY THAT WELCOMES CONNECTION /
Our relationships affect every area of our lives – where we work, play, sleep and eat. We welcome everyone into community where we experience a growing faith in God and friendship with others. Connection happens in our services and throughout the week in the various aspects of Community Life.
Examples: Blue Group Studies, Life Groups, Men’s and Women’s Groups, Neighborhood B-B-Q’s, and Leadership Development.
3. GENEROSITY THAT BRINGS HOPE /
We practice generosity that links the hope of God with the needs of our world. Jesus clearly stated He came for those who were broken, poor and in need. As a church, we give generously to bring the hope of God in tangible and life-giving ways to our city and world.
Examples: Community Care, Benevolence, Giving Initiatives, Weekly Offering, Community Partnerships, and Disaster Relief.
4. MISSION THAT MOBILIZES FOR IMPACT /
Your life matters. Who you are matters. As you discover your place in God’s story, your experiences, gifts and values begin to make sense and your passions begin to align with His dreams for your life. We not only find personal fulfillment as we serve, but people are drawn into the story of God as we share our own lives with those around us.
Examples: Essentials Course, Volunteering, and Beyond -Local & Global Missions.
DEFINING THE WIN /
What is success for us? We define the win in three ways.
1. LIFE CHANGE /
People’s lives are changing because of Jesus and we are committed to sharing these stories of freedom, breakthrough and life.
2. INVITING OTHERS TO COME ALONG /
People are so excited about what they experience, they can’t help but tell their friends and bring them along on the journey.
3. FULFILLING THEIR OWN MISSION /
People know their own God-given mission and are released into their purpose and calling.