Lake Forest Church has a clear identity.
We know the mission we are on, our motivations for doing so, and our strategy to help us all stay on-mission together. Our Mission and Motivations are applications of biblical truth expressed through the unique personality of Lake Forest Church.
Simply calling our motivations “values” didn’t cut it for us. All too commonly, values have come to signify mushy, sentimental ideals for which we rarely fight. As a church, we believe that if something is worth living for, it is worth fighting for. We realize we can’t do everything—but what we, as a community, are called by God to do from a deep motivation of loving Him, we aim to do with excellence and tenacity.
Loving people as they discover and live out their role in God’s story.
Welcome who Jesus welcomed (people who’ve given up on church, but not on God).
• We will invite people to belong with us before they believe, in friendship and at church.
• Never mocking or belittling those with whom we disagree, in every pocket of our church.
• In essentials of the Christian faith—clarity; in non-essential cultural, political and Biblical matters – freedom; in all things – love.
Love like Jesus (with grace and truth).
• Worship, preaching, teaching and community that reflects biblical grace and truth.
• Cultivating a culture of grace where it’s safe to reveal woundedness without rejection, creating space for God’s healing.
• Growing in our passion for Scripture by studying it individually and together.
Live like Jesus (always on the Missio Dei).
• Reject consumer-Christianity by calling one another to spend ourselves on behalf of others.
• Life-on-life with those hungry for God, and those hungry for food.
• Goal for 100% of Ministry Partners to have a short-term, cross-cultural mission experience.
• Going near and far to serve people who are like me and people who are not like me.
Journey like Jesus (doing life together).
• Leading every child, student, and adult to participate in a Christ-centered small group community.
• Partnering with parents in the spiritual and character development of children and students.
• “Doing a few things well” as a life-giving principle for personal, family, and church schedules.
Lead like Jesus (toward more and better disciples, leaders, and churches).
• Relational and personal in how we influence others. (Jesus’ relational circles were 3-12-72/Master Plan of Evangelism)
• Creative influence through relevant subject matter, engaging art forms, and compelling personal stories.
• Our church is organized to strategically reproduce disciples, leaders, and churches.
Love10 is our vision (what we’re working on specifically) for the next 3-5 years. We know what we’ve been called to do - Love to the Tenth Power.