What We Believe

Staying Centered

We celebrate our Wesleyan heritage by welcoming all those seeking a deeper relationship with God through his Son, Jesus Christ. Regardless of your previous denominational experience—or if you’ve yet decided to truly follow Jesus, you’re welcomed at Life Stream Church.

The following are terms descriptive of what we believe to be the most important core values and how they shape us as believers. They describe the “soul” of the Church, and are the primary motivations for what all Wesleyans believe.

Biblical Authority

The Bible is the highest source of written authority for God’s plan for His people; it reveals how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices and priorities are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.

Christlikeness

Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God’s will for all humankind. In Christ is found the highest and most practical meaning and clearest example for holy living or godliness. Christ is both example and strength as Wesleyans pursue integrity, excellence, faith, hope and love.

Disciple Making

Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among churches.

Local Church Centered

The denomination exists to serve local congregations. Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve and strengthen congregations.

Servant Leadership

We respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned and manifested by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly. We desire to be leaders in serving.

Unity in Diversity

There is intrinsic value in every person. Unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in light of the wide ranges of difference in personality, culture, race, talents, and perspectives. Loving each other eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.

Cultural Relevance

We are called to keep serving the present age. The Church respects and builds on its past without becoming its slave. We at Life Stream are ‘culture informed’ for the sake of reaching people for Christ, but not ‘culture captives,’ in the sense of surrendering core values, beliefs and behaviors.