Vision and Values
Our primary purpose
Unlimited Church: young people encountering the God they’ve never met and living the difference
We seek to be a church for all ages that helps young people to:
- Know and pursue the life that God has given them
- Throw off the things that hold them back from that life
- Deal with the unhelpful beliefs and practices that entangle them
- Fix their eyes on Jesus – who began it all and will complete it
Our Values (and the reason for the name!)
We are keen to uphold 3 core values in how we are and how we do church. We aim to be:
Unlimited by church culture and tradition – where it is unhelpful, unnecessary or inappropriate. So that young people are able to be themselves as they explore and express faith, rather than having to take on a form of church culture. We think it’s great for us too!
Unlimited in our openness to and love of people – treating them as unique and as God’s made them to be. We want to see people, especially young people, as God sees them and as he’s made them to be, rather than labelling them or writing them off. This love also needs to be expressed practically in social action locally and globally.
Unlimited in our faith and expectation of God – living by faith not inhibited by past experience or fears. We want our theology to come from God’s truth not a version coloured by our experience. We want to grow as people of faith living expectant that God guides and speaks specifically into our lives and the church’s.
If you want to pigeon-hole us theologically, here are some hints!
We are Anglican, we’re an initiative of the Diocese of Exeter.
We are evangelical, not in an aggressive fundamentalist way, but in that we love God’s word and believe it is full of the most fantastic good news and truth for life. We want to live by it and be changed by it, rather than change it to fit our experience, beliefs or convenience.
We are charismatic, not in a wacky or scary way (we hope!), but in that we want to be empowered and led by God’s Spirit and his equipping. We believe passionately that God speaks and guides specifically in life and that his power is at work in incredible ways which we want to be fully open to.
We also believe that we live in a broken messy world, where evil plays an all too clear part, which we want to stand against. Part of our resistance of evil is spiritual and in prayer, part is in getting stuck in and trying to make a practical difference. We believe that our expression of this needs to be both local and international, thus we want to take seriously social justice at home and abroad.
We believe lots of other stuff too but better to tell you about that over coffee and cake rather than via our website (having said that, I do need to state our firm belief in the importance of cake (preferably home made) and good coffee (although lots of the team are a bit too keen on tea, especially of the South African variety!)