Our five core values spell the word GRACE: Growth, Relevance, Authenticity, Community and Empowerment. This helps us to easily remember our five core values and fits us well as a community who are characterised by the grace of God.
We want to be a community characterised by the grace God has shown us and so we have used the word grace to further describe our values as a church.
Everything in the Kingdom of God is designed to grow. We are growing in numbers because numbers mean people, and people matter to God. We are growing in Christ-like character, generosity and gifting because that enables God to use us to our fullest potential. We are growing leaders to influence every sphere of society. We are growing and sending out Church planting teams because Church planting remains the most effective way to make disciples who make disciples. We are growing in our on-going commitment to Jesus because he is the reason for it all.
The gospel is about God closing the gap between himself and humanity and as a Church we want to close the gap between culture and Church. We want our faith to be connected to the rest of our lives. As a culturally-relevant Church we think about location, language, music, content and the overall feel as we create expressions of Church to be accessible to people who have little or no experience of Church. Jesus connected with people who did not regard themselves as religious and we want to do the same. Everyone is welcome and all are invited.
Open Heaven is a place where you can be who you really are before God and before others. There is no need for pretence, hiding or masks. We are a community characterised by both laughter and tears. You will notice that people are really honest with each other about their lives, knowing they are always totally accepted but also knowing that there is help here to become the person they really want to be. We will love you as you are and will inspire you to become more.
Church is a community of people. It doesn’t take too long before people start to comment that it feels like family. We are a community committed to sharing our lives with one another. This is no mere mantra, for some of us this commitment has led to sharing our homes and possessions. There are a multitude of ways to belong and build deep relationships within our community. There are welcome meals and parties, weekends away and BBQ's. The quickest and easiest way to belong is to be part of a cluster. Clusters are small but outward looking communities who meet around a shared passion or interest.
Open Heaven is committed to spotting people's potential and then finding ways of developing and releasing it. You will notice many people playing different roles in the life of Open Heaven including significant leadership roles. As well as releasing people, we provide coaching and training to support those stepping out. We actively encourage people to discover their calling, their passions and their unique set of spiritual gifts and then find ways both within and outside of Church life to outwork them.