Sharing Christ with those seeking meaning and purpose. At Northway, we’re disciples – Disciples of Christ and disciples of one another. It’s who we are. It’s the way we are made. The path to spiritual growth – whether it takes us on our own version of the Road to Emmaus, or to Damascus, or another journey of our choosing – requires that we confront our fears, our prejudices and, quite simply, our ignorance. We don’t know what we don’t know. But at Northway Christian Church, our members don’t travel the path of spiritual growth alone.
Our Core Values
These shared convictions guide our actions and reveal our strengths. They answer the question of why we do what we do.
– exploring scripture to form, inform, and transform
(2 Tim. 3:14-17; James 1:22-25; Psalm 119:105)
– inviting all to the table where our diversity finds unity in Christ
(Eph. 4:3-6; Rom. 12:5; Psalm 133:1; Gal. 3:26-28)
– welcoming all, as Christ has welcomed us
(Eph. 2:19-22; Rom. 15:7; Heb. 13:2; John 13:34-35)
– serving others with Christ-like compassion
(Phil. 2:3-4; 1 Pet. 4:10; 1 John 3:17-18; Acts 20:35; John 13:3-20)
– equipping people to explore their faith for understanding and purpose
(Eph. 4:11-13; 2 Tim. 4:1-5; Rom. 12:2)
Northway’s strategy consists of five components that provide a simple and obvious pathway towards becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. Just like a map gives direction, these five components help people live out the church’s mission and values in their daily lives, guiding them towards a Christ-centered life.
As a community, we commit to help one another discover the core beliefs and attitudes of the Christian faith, what it means to be a Disciple of Christ, the particular vision and mission of Northway Christian Church, and a pathway for spiritual growth.
At Northway, our worship is thankful praise to God for the new life we have in Jesus Christ. It is:
• Centered upon the Lord’s Table and the proclaimed Word;
• Grounded in theological integrity and upon an intelligent understanding of the gospel proclaimed in scripture; and
• Connected to the liturgical year through which we recite God’s story of redemption, remembering God’s faithful salvation in the past, celebrating our reconciliation with God and others in the present, and proclaiming our hope and joy for the new life now and eternal.
At Northway, we believe that we should be connected to God and to one another. These connections take place through engagement with scripture and by intentionally fostering spiritual friendships which encourage discipleship through service and caregiving.
Our calling as a church is to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as self (Matthew 22:37-40). We serve God because Jesus Christ commissioned us to do so (Matthew 28:18-20). Likewise, we serve the church in order to nurture and strengthen the body of Christ for its ministry to the world and to serve those in need with open hearts.
What happens in church is supposed to make a difference in who we are and how we are in the world. What we do during the week should be the overflow of what happens to us and in us as we Discover, Worship, Connect, and Serve.
As we follow God, we expect that we will see evidence of God’s work in our lives, both individually and as a community of faith. To that end, these six questions serve as measurable attributes in an individual’s life that reflect accomplishment of the church’s mission. They are our portrait of a disciple and definition of spiritual maturity.