In the Gospel God proclaims to us the saving message of the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Through this good news, God transforms lives and communities, bringing about reconciliation with God and one another, and leading us to follow Jesus on the way of the cross – the way of self-giving, sacrificial love. The gospel is not simply a way of individual salvation, but is God’s means for the renewal of all of human life and culture, and all creation.
In our churches we differentiate between essentials and distinctives, giving priority to the beliefs and practices that unite all Christians. With churches everywhere, each week we confess together, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” We find that the most beneficial aspects of our Anglican tradition are the intrinsic ones, like our connection with the historic and global church, our commitment to the authority of Scripture, and the formative power of common prayer. We try to keep things simple, because simplicity is missional.
“God sets the lonely in families” (Ps 68:6). Our congregations exude a sense of family warmth in the midst of urban loneliness, and we welcome people into our churches through hospitality. In many instances, as new people come into our congregations, belonging precedes belief. We have found that healthy churches are inherently inefficient, because relationships are inefficient. Our churches see themselves as holistic teaching hospitals, in which people can both receive life-giving spiritual care, and also learn to be care-givers.
We are liturgical churches. Our services follow the same basic outline as most Christian churches since the days of the earliest Christians. At the same time, we fill in the details of the service with the music and language of the present. Each Sunday, the Lord Jesus gathers us as his people at his Table, to forgive our sins, speak to us in the reading and preaching of his Word, and feed us in Holy Communion before sending us out once more to serve him in the world. As we inhabit the gospel together, our services are marked by joyful reverence, and friendly transcendence.
Jesus is risen, and so someday our city will no longer be known for its corruption and brokenness, but as the place where Jesus reigns. Our churches pray and work together for the transformation of metropolitan Washington through the love of Christ. We believe in the transforming power of the gospel for a particular place, through Christians loving their neighbors, proclaiming God’s Word, and engaging in spiritual warfare against the idols to which people are enslaved. We long to see healthy, gospel-centered churches in every neighborhood in Washington, and so are committed to being church plants that plant churches that plant churches.
Seeking the city to come, we actively partner with other gospel-centered churches and organizations to build a spiritual eco-system for the transformation of the city.