Our values serve as guardrails. If you think about vision as a desired destination and mission as the roadmap to reach the destination then you can think of values as the guardrails to ensure to stay on mission. These are our guardrails.
Alignment means everyone pulling in the same direction. Disunity causes confusion, wastes energy, and limits effectiveness. Different churches are for different people. That doesn’t mean that one is right and the other wrong, it just means that they’re different. If City North Church is not your particular flavor or style, no hard feelings, in fact we would love to help you find a church that better fits you.
We have not arrived, and we never will. We will always seek to become better, not just as a church but as individuals. We learn and we grow. This also means we change. As we discover new and better ways to do things we will adapt. At City North Church we recognize that what works today may not work tomorrow and that’s ok with us. Change is necessary to reach an ever-changing world.
We are not an island unto ourselves. We are a part of the body of Christ at work in the world. City North Church doesn’t belong to our pastors or our leadership, it belongs to God, so we keep our hands open and work with others to advance the Kingdom of God in this world. Our goal is not to build the biggest church, it is to fill the role God has called us to in His grand story, and to work with others to make a bigger impact.
In Acts 1:8 as Jesus sent His disciples out to reach a disconnected culture He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Jesus Himself set up a model for multiplication that we follow still today. City North Church will always be a church that is focused on reproducing leaders, planting churches, and spreading the gospel.
There are no perfect people here. Not our pastors, not our leadership, and not our church. Authenticity means we don’t pretend we have it all together, we don’t put on masks, and we are willing to freely admit our flaws. The reality is our imperfections highlight God’s perfections as we point to His saving grace in our lives. City North Church will never be a church for perfect people, but rather for imperfect people pursuing a perfect God.
In everything we do we still strive for excellence. This means we will intentionally keep things simple and streamlined to ensure what we do is as good as it can be. The mission God has called us to is the most important mission in the world, so we will never be satisfied with anything less than our very best. We will only do a few things so we can focus all our energy on making those few things the best they can possibly be.