Mission & Values

Our mission is to invite our neighbors to experience and share God’s love.

We will build inviting and partnering relationships with our neighborhood.

We will be a people of welcome, redemption, and love to all.

We will provide opportunities for our neighborhood, regardless of church affiliation or faith journey, to share love and compassion with others through community gatherings and service.

We value “church” defined as a family. Our mission is defined by covenant relationships of service and love- relationships with God, each other, and our neighbors, that are made real as we gather at Christ’s table. Gathering at Christ’s table, wherever we are, is an act of community and worship to God. The table has no walls.

We value the welcome and affirmation of all people. We strive to be a people of grace and welcome by celebrating the gifts for ministry and faith journey of all God’s children regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, marital status, physical or mental ability, political stance or theological perspective. We are becoming and seeking to become a community that is diverse in age, race, orientation, and perspective held together by God’s table of grace.

Shawnee Community is an open and affirming congregation. We are a partner in ministry of Disciples’ GLAD Alliance, an ally and identifier of safe congregations for LGBTQ and LGBTQ affirming Christians.

We value faith that asks big questions. We think scripture, the church’s history, scholarship, and reason, when used together in community, can help us follow Jesus better. When we are at our best we are a community of conversation centered in Jesus.

We value faith that makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors here and around the world. We value church with a deep commitment to relationships of compassion and tangible acts of love and partnership beginning in our neighborhood and extending around the world.