Alma Church of God exists in a particular tradition (The Church of God, Anderson, IN) as a part of the long history of the Christian faith from its inception in the first century. This means that many of the core beliefs and values of the congregation are shared with the broader Christian faith, and with the Church of God specifically.
However, as a unique congregation that has existed for more than 100 years, God has led Alma Church of God to hold some core assumptions about God’s relationship to the world and the church’s role in what God is doing. These core assumptions shape the identity, the calling, and the culture of Alma Church of God.
Based on these assumptions, and the prayerful reflection on God’s calling for the church, Alma Church of God believes it exists today for one purpose,
How Alma Church of God lives out of our purpose in the city isn’t about completing a step-by-step guide, or creating high-functioning programs. Elements of such tools can be helpful, but the key to fostering encounters with Jesus in real life is posture.
As a church, Alma Church of God is committed to cultivating five key postures that are essential to faithfully fulfilling our purpose of fostering encounters with Jesus, as we join our lives to God’s love for the world.
By committing ourselves to these postures, Alma Church of God will be better able to recognize God’s presence in the world, in a relationship, and in a given moment of time. These postures will allow Alma Church of God to foster encounters with Jesus in worship gatherings, small group settings, and classrooms, as well as in our jobs, in our neighborhoods, and throughout the city as we go about our everyday lives.