God calls us to bring the gospel of reconciliation and to be faithful witnesses of God's grace to the communities in which we live
The way we care for each other shapes our lives as disciples of Christ. In our caring, mentoring, pastoring, welcoming and enfolding we are inter-generational and inclusive, we make decisions by consensus and we use restorative practice principles to live out the ministry of reconciliation.
• CARE that is extended through our pastors, elders, deacons, pastoral care workers, and the Shalem Congregational Assistance Program
• SUPPORT for one another in times of crisis by ways of meals, cards, prayers and tangible assistance
• ENFOLDING guests and new members into our church community
• HOSPITALITY extended through social opportunities, potluck meals, picnics, coffee houses and more
• DISCIPLING each other through small groups where spiritual growth, faith formation, fellowship and care are shared among people of all ages and all life stages
• FAITH FORMATION through strong ministries for children, youth & young adults, including mentoring opportunities and connections with our young adults studying elsewhere
• JUBILEE NIGHT by sharing a communal meal on Wednesday nights followed by programming for all ages
• ACCEPTING people in diverse situations, supporting those who are hurting and committing to full accessibility
• INCLUSION by developing and using the gifts of all people, in our worship, our programs and our use of technology
• CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING for all decisions (except legally required budget approval)
• RESTORATIVE PRACTICES as tools for the ways we build community, resolve differences and work for reconciliation.