Our Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values
Centering our Lives around Jesus
Loving one Another
Loving the World
(Rom 8:1; 1 Pet 2:9-10; Matt 28:18-20)
We long to see Trinity become a place where broken people find freedom in the Gospel, help one another change in community, remove barriers to knowing Jesus, and offer life to everyone in his name.
We seek to develop a culture of renewal, discipling, hospitality, and faithful presence:
A Culture of Renewal
(Col 1:3-6; 1 Pet 1:3-6; 2 Pet 1:3)
Because Jesus frees people, we encourage everyone to seek him for renewal. At Trinity, we continually remind ourselves of his presence and power in all that we do. The Gospel is for everyone and it makes real change possible in the lives of those who depend upon Jesus daily for help and healing.
A Culture of Discipling
(Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor 12:27)
Because God is relational, He has created humans for authentic community and real relationships. At Trinity, we encourage discipling within small communities where relationships develop and spiritual growth takes place.
A Culture of Hospitality
(1 Pet 3:15-16; 4:9; Luke 10:25-37; Eph 2:11-22)
Because we have been shown love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, we desire to show the same love and forgiveness to others. Humbly, we welcome those who are skeptical or investigating. Compassionately, we serve those who are hurting and powerless.
A Culture of Faithful Presence
(Matt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 5:16-20; Acts 1:8)
At Trinity, we seek to speak, live, and serve as the very presence of Jesus in Asheville.
We continually pray that our renewal, discipling, hospitality, and presence will be:
(Luke 24:27, 44; 2 Tim 3:16)
We long to see how each of our small, individual stories fit into the larger story of what God is doing in the world, so we constantly return to the Bible for understanding ourselves and the world. We also seek for all of our worship, preaching, and gatherings to focus on Christ—the climax and center of the Biblical narrative. Authentic renewal, discipling, hospitality, and presence occur as we are shaped by what God has said rather than by our tastes, preferences, or desires.
(Matt 11:28; Luke 11:13; 2 Co 12:9)
Authentic renewal, discipling, hospitality, and presence also only occur when we depend on God’s Spirit in prayer. Therefore, we encourage everyone at Trinity to see kingdom advancing prayer as a necessity and priority—as a way of life—rather than as optional or as a last resort. Jesus invites us to come to him for rest, promises to be present with as we make disciples, and make his power perfect in our weakness as we share the Gospel. We appropriate these promises through corporate prayer.
(1 Cor 9:19-22; Eph 4:1-16)
The Gospel meets real needs we have (spiritual, social, physical, etc.) and confronts real idols we worship (i.e. money, sex, power). Therefore, those who have been transformed by the Gospel gain intentionality in their relationships with others. We pursue God’s grace—longing for more faith and repentance. We pursue other people—looking for ways to use our gifts and strengthen others. We pursue hurting and broken people, praying for opportunities to give real help where needed. We strive together for authentic community where change can take place.
(Gen 1:28; Col 3:17)
Intentionality does not mean contrived, rote, or boring. We believe God has called humans to care for the earth by being like him—creating some new things and cultivating others. So we are constantly on the lookout for ways we can make worship more glorifying, our gatherings more engaging, and hospitality more enjoyable. We also encourage our members to create and cultivate in every sphere of life—in their families, schools, vocations, businesses, social and civic organizations, etc.
(1 Cor 12; Eph 4; 1 Pet 2:9)
God has given distinctive gifts to those who follow Jesus for the strengthening of his community, the church. In other words, renewal and discipleship and hospitality and presence aren’t reserved for elite or professional ministers but belong to all people in the church. For this reason, at Trinity, we encourage everyone to identify their gifts in ministry, and we provide real opportunities for members to serve in the church and the community. We also look for ways to partner with others as we serve our community with love and humility.
(1 Pet 3:15; Gal 2:20)
Seeing ourselves as the presence of Jesus in Asheville keeps us from evaluating ourselves based on worldly standards such as ambition, performance, or results and causes us to constantly humble ourselves before God and trust him to provide for our every need. Far from preventing us from taking risks, however, such a posture actually invites and encourages us to imagine the impossible and follow him boldly in new endeavors.
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