Six Passions of Our Church
- A Passion for God
- A Passion for God's Word
- A Passion for Worship and Prayer
- A Passion for the Gospel
- A Passion for People
- A Passion for Service
We value each of these passions highly because we are serious about learning to live passionately for and like Jesus.
These six passions are linked together like pearls in a necklace and all of them flow from the first, our passion for God.
Passion for God drives and inflames each of the others. We love God and therefore we love His word. We love to study it and seek to live by it in every aspect of life. It is the reason why we preach the Bible expositorily and why it is the backbone of every home-group.
Worship and prayer are not just passions or goals but they are the means, along with the word of God, to becoming what God calls us to be.
Our Passion for the gospel, people, and service are one. Because we love God we must love our neighbor as ourselves which means we must proclaim the good news of the gospel and serve them with sacrificial and tangible expressions of love, mercy, and justice.
The future of the Church is in our children. At Manchester Creek we have a passion for people, and this begins with loving and training our children well in the Lord.
We truly believe kids are a special blessing from God and should be treated as our highest treasure. We want children to begin to have a sense of awe and amazement of Christ’s love expressed in the Gospel. As they experience and see their church family and parents living passionately for and like Jesus, we want children to experience the joy and love of knowing Jesus.
We seek to partner with families as they raise their children in this challenging world. We believe that parents are the primary people God has designed to model and teach their children in the Lord and as a Church family, we seek to support, equip, and challenge families in this incredibly high calling!
Our passion for people is expressed in how we seek to minister to students as well. More than planning games, events, and programs, we seek to disciple students through authentic relationships.
We want every student to be truly known, loved and held accountable by at least one adult leader who loves Jesus. We seek to partner with families and believe what students observe at home has a tremendous impact on their walk with Christ as well.
More than following rules or being “successful” in the world’s eyes, we want students to experience God’s grace and love. We want them to be transparent and learn how to struggle well through life’s challenges as they seek to become more like Christ through their failures and their successes.
We also want students to begin to understand God’s mission in this world and how they are called to participate in God’s redemptive work even as students.
Eighty percent of our adult attendance is involved in a home-group Bible-study and prayer fellowship. These groups are the backbone of our church and the first line of our pastoral care for our families. These groups vary in size, days of the week they meet and the number of times per month they meet.
Some of them include children, most of them are mixed generationally, and all of them have a lot of fun. But they also know how to mourn with those who mourn and are committed to learning "how to struggle well" with the joys, sorrows, and challenges of life.
All of our groups have an open-group philosophy. That is, anyone can join any of them, anytime. Most groups are studying a book of the Bible, some are doing sermon-based studies, and some are reading through a book on the Christian life with their Bibles open.
If you are interested in trying out one of our home-groups, simply contact the office and we will suggest one for you to visit. Or, if you do visit, check out the wall in the lobby under the PASSION FOR PEOPLE heading.