Life Church values life development for every Christian. Every believer is to develop into Know-Grow-Go Followers of Jesus Christ. Life development means that all Christians are disciples and should actively pursue spiritual growth. Every disciple is to yield himself or herself to the leadership of Jesus Christ. Whole-hearted commitment to Jesus Christ is not only the biblical norm for the believer, but anything less falls short of God's ideal. Disciples are to demonstrate a lifestyle of Christ-likeness in their attitudes and actions, which involves living out the Christian faith in every area of life.
Life Church values authenticity. No false fronts are necessary. The goal is to create an environment where people can be themselves and not have to pretend to be someone they are not. People can come as they are outside and inside. The church is to be a kaleidoscope where different gifts, personalities, passions, and interests all shine brightly and are all valued. No "cookie-cutters" are needed. Valuing authenticity also includes the freedom to fail. No one is faultless, so perfection is not a requirement. Rather, what is needed is a genuine honest approach to life that strives for Christian growth but admits failure along the way.
Life Church values relevance. The truth of God never changes, but that the culture in which the truth is communicated and applied is ever changing. Therefore, understanding the culture and ministering the truth of God's Word in the most effective way possible is essential. To do this, the worship services are upbeat, relevant, ordered, and contemporary. More concern is given to effectiveness than with adherence to tradition. Creativity, innovation, flexibility, and adaptability are all encouraged. The church must be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure resulting in a message that is not transformed, but translated.
Evangelism, Church Growth, and Missions
Life Church values evangelism, growth, and missions. Jesus said that he came to seek and save those who are spiritually lost. He also said that just as the Father had sent him, he was sending his followers. He commissioned Christians to reach out and make disciples of all nations. Consequently, Life Church strives to be a mission base that reaches out through missions and church starting endeavors to all the peoples of the world, especially Unreached People Groups (UPG). All healthy life grows, so if the church is to be healthy, it too must grow. Therefore, priority is given to ministry efforts that will grow the church and extend the kingdom of God. When a choice must be made between serving the needs on the inside or reaching outside to others, Life Church is committed in advance toward ministry to those outside the church.
Life Church values lay ministry. There is no distinction between the clergy and the laity. Everyday lay people are part of the body of Jesus Christ and have been uniquely created to serve God. This divine design involves spiritual giftedness, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences. It is the responsibility of the church to train, encourage, and actively help members find the place where God has designed them to serve both inside and outside of the church. At Life Church, every member is a minister.
Investing in Relationships
Life Church values authentic relationships. Life-change happens best in small groups. Therefore, Life Church is committed to small groups as the best way of building relationships, stimulating spiritual growth, caring for needs, and developing leaders. Loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. Because relationships with friends, neighbors, co-workers, family members, and others are the most effective means of sharing the life-impacting love and hope of Jesus Christ, members are encouraged to maintain friendships with unchurched people.
Life Church values unchurched people who are not experiencing a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and desires to reach the numerous unchurched young adults in the greater northwest Austin area. Because they are important to God, they are equally important to Life Church. Time, energy, and resources should be devoted to pursuing those out of fellowship with God as Jesus Christ did when he was on earth. This outward focus is woven into everything that the church does. Outreach orientation requires meeting people as they are and where they are. The goal is to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a simple, practical, and easy-to-understand manner in order to create a "safe place" where unchurched people can hear the challenging Christian message in a manner that connects with their everyday life.
Life Church values excellence. God desires the best that his followers have to offer. Excellence honors God and inspires people. Believers are to do their best because, ultimately, they are not just serving other people, but God, himself. Therefore, in all facets of ministry at Life Church, members will seek to maintain a high standard of excellence and professionalism in order to bring glory to God. Offering God the best also includes giving him the best of the believer's time, talents, and treasures.