All true followers of Christ around the world form the one true Church. In that regard all true Christians are connected. However, every local church is very distinct. What makes each church distinct are the people who comprise the congregation united by a common vision and a shared set of values. Here are those values that we at Canaan share that really forms our church’s DNA.
Incarnational Missional Living
We are to be the body of Christ wherever we are and live with intentionality about sharing and living the gospel in every context of life.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son of God from the Father, full of grace and truth. - John 1:14
Authority of Scripture Applied with Relevance
God is the highest and ultimate authority and He has revealed Himself through His Word – the Bible. Therefore we are to seek His guidance through the Word in all decisions and every circumstance. Being the Word of God, the Bible is always relevant in every aspect of our lives.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Two is better than one! We do ministry as a team. There are no Lone Rangers in the body of Christ. He has sovereignly assembled us into His church to be an unstoppable force in the world.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him - a threefold cord is not quickly broken - Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. - 1 Cor. 12:12
Authentic Multi-generational Worship
The body of Christ is as diverse now as it ever has been. As the church we are to engage God with worship. The diversity of our generations demands that we facilitate forms of worship that help everyone best express their love, worship, and devotion to God.
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." - John 4:24
Intentional Authentic Relationships
God created us with the need to be in relationship first with Him, but also with others. We cannot develop our full humanity in isolation from others, nor can we be fully formed as followers of Christ without others. Therefore, we have a need for authentic relationships with other believers. However, it must go beyond merely "hanging out" together. We need intentional relationships whose purpose is to encourage us in our walk with Christ by holding us accountable and spurring us to growth.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. - Hebrew 10:24-25
Any church is only as healthy as her families. We value dads and moms discipling their children in the home. The children's ministries of the church are to augment and supplement the parents' front-line discipleship.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. - Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Every follower of Jesus Christ should have someone in whom they are investing themselves for the purpose of spiritual reproduction, who will in turn invest themselves in others, who invest in others, until the whole earth has been evangelized.
...and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. - 2 Timothy 2:2
Creative and Innovative Ministry
We're creative, not for the sake of novelty or self-aggrandizement, but for the sake of effectively accomplishing God's commission. Therefore, change is constant, necessary, and embraced.
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? - Isaiah 43:19