Identity and Mission Statement

Preamble
St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church is embarking on the next stage of its journey to call a minister and revitalize its ministry and mission. This document defines who we are and where we intend to go.

Identity
We are a community of friends with diverse perspectives seeking an all encompassing experience of God as we support each other on our Christian journey. We continue to be called to serve our world.

Approach
As Christians with a living dynamic faith we approach our journey in an openly accepting and actively supportive manner.

Values
1. Worship involves the active participation of the congregation acknowledging God as creator and renewer of life within and alongside of a much loved world.
Therefore we will find creative and recreative ways to involve people of all ages in the worship experience.

2. Jesus calls us to be faithful followers of his way as his disciples.
Therefore we will seek innovative and diverse ways to grow in our experience of God from birth to death.

3. Gifted by the Holy Spirit, each of us is equipped to serve and, sometimes to lead.
Therefore we will identify the variety of gifts available and nurture individual contributions to ministry at St. Stephen’s, accepting and offering one another encouragement and support.

4. Change is inevitable and provides opportunities for discovery and growth.
Therefore we will embrace change with creativity and courage, trusting in the Holy Spirit to guide us.

5. Diversity is part of God’s creation.
Therefore we will respect and celebrate our differences.

Mission Statement
God seeks a world where justice and care for all of God’s creation prevails.
Therefore as stewards of God’s creation we will explore opportunities to serve and act justly in our world. We will seek to work as a team to undertake significant projects in partnership with others where appropriate.