OURMESSAGE:

Jesus and His Word change everything.

 

OURMISSION:

Seeing lives changed.

 

OURVISION:

To be a church FOR our Neighbors and the Next Generation.

 

…seeing our Neighbors and the Next Generation changed by Jesus and His Word.

OURCODE:

WORD OVER

THE WORLD

We believe God’s Word is God-sized. We are a church in the Word because the Word changes everything. When the World and the Word are different, we go with the Word. Spirit-filled Wisdom fills in the gaps and shades in the grays where the Word is silent, and Wisdom will never contradict the Word.
Corporately and individually, We Pray Expecting God To Act because Life’s battles are won on our knees in prayer, not fighting and striving and working our knuckles to the bone. God is good with details but his true specialty is big. That’s why we pray God-sized prayers. He is able to give us “immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

KNEES OVER

KNUCKLES

SERVING OVER

SITTING

At TCALF, we are looking for missionaries, not members. We are a church who serves because Saved People Serve People. Our goal is to find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it. We believe Serving is Sexy and is a great place to meet, date, and mate! We also believe that Action Creates Traction. Sometimes we aren’t getting anywhere in life because we aren’t going anywhere in life.
We are a church of small groups because Life is Better with a Tribe. We have two Kinds of Groups for two Kinds of Growth: LifeGroups and D-Groups. Discipleship happens in both, but the focus is slightly different. LifeGroups are larger, multi-gender, and affinity driven. This is the group you “do life with.” D-Groups are smaller, just 3-4 people, always of the same gender and focused on getting deeply personal. There are things you would say privately to your D-Group that you wouldn’t mention openly in your LifeGroup. You might go to the beach with your LifeGroup, but you would storm the beach with your D-Group.

CIRCLES OVER

ROWS

PEOPLE OVER

PROGRAM

We are a church where there are No Perfect People Allowed. We love people’s stories because We Are All Becoming Someone, not just doing something. People disciple people, not groups, classes, events, retreats, etc. We are Skin on Skin. Life on life. Tears on Tears. Relationship trumps everything but mission. As leaders, we won’t just delegate tasks, we develop people. No Dumping Allowed!
Because TCALF is an Acts 2 church living in an Acts 17 world, we embrace cultural onramps to worship. Jesus met people where they were and told stories any crowd would understand. While our message will never change, an excellent leader recognizes the audience and the environment and adjusts language and presentation accordingly. The Gospel deserve our best, not our sloppy seconds, so we will never commit ourselves to mediocrity. We will not become a spork. We prefer Ruth’s Chris to Golden Corral; it’s just better food. If we can’t make it great, we make it go away.

RELEVANCE OVER

RITUAL

GENEROSITY OVER FRUGALITY

We are a church who gives generously and automatically because we can’t outgive God. He did for all what we couldn’t do for one, so we do for one what we wish we could do for all. We are agents of change; a movement, not a gathering. If we aren’t changing our community, why should we exist? If we don’t exist to change, we won’t exist for long.