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Our Key Values: Spirit-Centred Living

It’s our desire to lean heavily on the Holy Spirit’s direction as the comforter, teacher, and guide, who goes ahead of us. We pray that God would be involved with everything we do, helping us live naturally supernaturally.  As we plan, prepare, and make decisions, we know that God is working in our midst. Because of this, we are not averse to change, and in fact welcome new challenges with faith that God is with us.  We don’t want to divide life into the spiritual and the non-spiritual and instead prefer to acknowledge that all of life is permeated by the presence of God. This helps us to avoid separating ‘matters of faith’ from ‘ordinary life,’ and frees us to live one life centred in God. It is in God alone that we can experience life in its fullest.  [Brandon Malo speaking]

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Our Key Values: Shared Responsibility

While each of us assumes primary responsibility for our own spiritual growth, we have discovered the significant role the church plays in this process as a rally of support, inspiring and equipping us as we follow Christ together.  We support Elevation and its mission by participating in the life of the community and taking ownership for the corporate aspects of the church. The entire body benefits as we give generously of our time, abilities, and finances, putting the needs of others before ourselves.  We also have an incredible opportunity to make a lasting impact in our city, our nation, and our world. We are committed to acting with compassion and generosity, seeking justice for the oppressed, and extending mercy wherever it is sought.  [Brandon Malo speaking]

Our Key Values: Journey Mentality

We want to be present with people at whatever part of the journey of life they find themselves on, whether they share our faith or not. In the spirit of honest dialogue, we will ask our questions openly and listen for new ideas from others, respecting our different backgrounds and celebrating diversity.  We will invite people to experience the eternal kind of life that Jesus offers, walking with one another through times of questions and struggles, as well as times of answers and celebration.  With the understanding that each one of us will grow in faith at our own pace, we will encourage one another to become true disciples, raising the standards in our lives, always fighting against the urge to slow down in our pursuit of God.  [Brandon Malo speaking]

Our Key Values: Life Together

Faith isn’t something that is meant to be done alone. With this in mind, we accept the call to follow Christ in the company of others. We see great value in coming together to worship Him and in seeking his guidance collectively.  We are committed to deepening relationships within our community of faith, encouraging one another to live transformed lives, as well as really getting to know our neighbours and the people we interact with every day.  We want to be ‘real’ with one another – to live with integrity. As a result, there’s no need to put up fronts or hide our shortcomings. Our challenge is to be honest with ourselves and inspire others to do the same.  [Brandon Malo speaking]