For the sake of God’s glory we are striving to exhibit the following values as a church:
Village is an Evangelical church, and we’re proud of it. Evangelical means ‘believing the good news’. We’re lovers of Jesus and the good news of what he has done, because we’ve been saved by him; the gospel is good news to us. And we believe that it’s good news to all people. That’s why we love the bible, because it’s how God speaks to us.
For all people
Jesus welcomes all people to himself and so likewise we welcome everyone. The gospel is a call to all regardless of age, gender, background, sexuality, social status, ethnicity, nationality, religion or values. The good news of Jesus transcends time and culture – so just as Jesus is for everyone, so are we. Of course you can’t genuinely meet Jesus and stay the same. We come as we are and by the power of the Spirit we are gradually transformed to be more like him.
In the Inner-West
We’re a church for the Inner West of Sydney, made of up Inner Westies, and are just like the Inner West. We love being part of our local community, serving our community, and blessing our community.
We’re for real life. Some people hold a stereotype of Christians as judgemental, fake, disconnected from reality, and pretending that ‘everything is fine’ when it’s not. But Jesus wasn’t like that. Jesus is a real person, who always spoke the truth with genuine love. In his honesty, he was never without compassion and kindness. We desire to be the same as him – authentic and ‘real’, and honest yet compassionate.
While we’re a church for all people, we especially want to be a church for creatives. It’s in our DNA, in our bones, under our skin, and leaves fingerprints over everything that we do. Regular programmes, one-off events, even just how we think – it’s all shaped by our compulsion to create.
It’s not healthy for people to think of their church like a bus, where their pastor ought to pick them up and drive them to heaven. Churches aren’t like buses. Instead, the church ought to be more like
a community – a gathered people, who’ve been rescued, and adopted as God’s own children: God’s very own family. Or an orchestra, where everyone plays their instrument in complement, making music to bring glory to God.
A training ground
We love seeing every person who calls Village home grow to become more joyful and effective in their service of Jesus as they serve God in ministry teams at Village, and personally in their day-to-day life. In this way, we long for Village to be a training ground where people are encouraged to maximise the use of their gifts, time, and resources to influence the world for Jesus.
A blessing beyond
God has blessed us so much and been so generous to us in so many ways. So we want to bless others with the same kind of generosity that God has shown us. That’s why we long not only to serve our local community, but also be a blessing beyond our district seeking to influence, encourage, support, and bless the wider Christian community through our ministries and resources.