“Taylor Chapel is called to be a cross-generational, authentic Christian community reaching the next generation for Jesus Christ”
What this means
We believe Taylor Chapel is called to be a community that reflects all generations of the human family – young, middle age, empty-nesters, elderly. We have much to benefit from the interaction of various generations, and much is lost – if a community is of one primary generation to the exclusion of others. Taylor Chapel will continue to be a church that reflects a growing population of all generations.
This means “being real”… being simply, who we are, who God has called us to be – nothing more, nothing less. It infers accepting ourselves and others for who they are and the community that results reflects an “authenticity” in terms of the nature of our relationships, how we treat one another and cultivating a community that his healthy and genuine at its core.
This is the essence of what it means to be the “Church”. To be in community together rooted in the common ground of our Christian faith in Jesus Christ. While our faith is intended to be personal, it is not individualistic, and by definition of what it means to be the body of Christ – our faith in Christ cannot be developed, nurtured and fruitful separate from sharing the journey with others in community together.
This implies an active intentionality on the part of the Taylor Chapel community to be taking the initiative in reaching out to those around us and the world in which we live, with the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ. “Reaching” is an active effort that calls us to be compassionate, open and receptive to all people, and invites us to be continually creative in how we live out the effort to “reach out” to those around us.
This is a loaded definition. Yes, it means reaching the “next generation” in terms of our focus on reaching young adults, young families, youth and children. In addition, “Next” also infers that generation of people who have yet to come to faith in Christ regardless of age. We believe from the moment the church began in the first century, there is no such thing as a “second generation Christian.” We do not inherit our faith from our ancestors. Each person is called to be “born again” in their faith in Christ and consequently as a person experiencing the “new birth of the spirit” through their faith in Christ – each new believer is a “next generation” person.
For Jesus Christ
He is the one who is at the center of who we are and who we are called to be. Our community exists for the purpose of glorifying God and carrying out His mission to transform the world through making disciples of Jesus Christ.
Our Core Values
Our core values, or ministry priorities, build off of a play on the word “NEXT” from our vision statement. We hope to help everyone connected with Taylor Chapel experience the four following realities in their life and faith journey:
Offering New Life in Jesus Christ
Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Extending God’s Love to all people, to everyone we encounter
For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
eXcelling in Mission and Ministry to the glory of God
All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
Teaching followers to be and become Disciples of Jesus Christ
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.