At TCC our actions and decisions are guided by a set of values.
These values are meant to be worked out and worked on all together, not as a buffet.
While we all have certain values we will naturally gravitate toward, and values that will challenge us, we aspire to live into all five of these values as fully as possible, both as individuals and as a gathered community.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, and guided by the witness of Scripture...
We make a COMMITMENT to our internal community.
At TCC we believe that following Jesus is something that affects every day of our lives, not just Sunday mornings. This daily choice to live the values of the Kingdom of God is difficult, so we make a commitment to show up and encourage one another (Hebrews 10:24-25) and offer our gifts and strengths to the whole community (1 Corinthians 12:25-27) as we learn and grow in our faith together during Sunday worship, small groups, service opportunities, and shared meals. Being a disciple of Christ is a choice each of us makes individually, but it takes a community to help us stay the course. We make a commitment to rumbling with the difficult and vulnerable seasons of life with one another so that we might better bear public witness and work for truth and justice as a congregation.
We embody a JUSTICE-centered faith to our external community.
At TCC we recognize that justice is not a buzzword--it’s an orientation of our lives toward the ushering in of the Kingdom of God on earth. In the Bible, the words for justice and righteousness are the same, which means that we cannot live in right relationship to God without being in right relationship with one another. Dr. Cornel West wrote that “justice is what love looks like in public.” At TCC we take this seriously. To love God and our neighbor (Luke 10:25-28) we must engage in the work of seeking justice in both our daily lives and in those critical moments when our collective attention turns toward one particular facet of life.
We practice INCLUSION of everyone. No exceptions.
At TCC we affirm that the Holy Spirit is at work in the lives of all who profess Jesus as Lord, and as such everyone has something to offer and contribute to the community. We are especially mindful to work for the full inclusion and affirmationof those who have historically experienced marginalization in church settings (people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, etc.) Every person bears the image of God without exception (Genesis 1:27), so our view of God is limited and incomplete if we only allow one social group of people to speak about God. We all benefit when we listen to and learn from those who have been pushed to the margins.
We are dedicated to uncomfortable GROWTH.
At TCC we believe that growthrequires us to value diversity, learn continually, exercise humility, and be willing to make mistakes. All of these things are uncomfortable, and so we are dedicated to growth,even when it’s uncomfortable -- because the best lessons are the fruit of uncomfortable seasons. Following Christ’s example of emptying himself for the sake of the other (Philippians 2:5-11), we also commit to holding space for one another, valuing diverse expressions of faith, and maintaining a posture of curiosity instead of fear.
We celebrate the EMPOWERMENT of all people to live into the fullness of their gifts.
At TCC we affirm that the Holy Spirit gives different gifts to different people for the benefit of the community
(1 Corinthians 12:7-11). As such, we celebrate the empowerment of all people to live into the fullness of their gifts. To make empowermentpossible, we work to make sure that our gatherings are spaces where people feel safe taking risks, learning from one another, asking hard questions, affirming the gifts they see in others, and receiving affirmation of their own gifts. We are particularly committed to the empowerment of the next generation of leaders through our student ministries and in partnership with Transformation Student Development. Our time gathered together on Sunday mornings and in small groups is meant to provide space for empowerment of the whole congregation -- children, youth, and adults -- through instruction, encouragement, listening, and relationship building, so that each person might be equipped for every good work
(2 Timothy 3:16-17).