The purpose of Collegiate/Wesley is to build an inclusive community that invites all people to experience God’s unconditional love, grow in faith, and serve others.
In baptism, we experience God’s love for us. This love gifts us with grace and beauty, forgiveness and meaning. As we are loved, so we are called to love – reaching out to others in our community, nation and world. In this place, God has given us a special ministry to the entire university community. Our call is to be a voice of progressive Christian faith in a world that increasingly believes Christianity to be irrelevant or unimportant. We also believe that we are to be a fully inclusive community of faith, welcoming all persons to a relationship with God in Christ, and encouraging each person to desire God’s Spirit. As baptized Christians, we remember the ongoing significance of our baptism and seek to identify and use our gifts and graces for ministry.
A Commitment to Relationships:
We are committed to inspiring dynamic interactive relationships between people and groups, for it is in such relationships that we become fully alive. Whenever any person is not unconditionally included in the Body of Christ, the experience of all in the community is diminished.
A Commitment to Effective Communication:
We seek to communicate our faith in ways that connect with all those we welcome and serve. We commit ourselves to using methods and media which best help us to seek, grow, and share.
A Commitment to Service & Justice:
We believe we are entrusted with tremendous gifts and resources that are intended to be shared with others. We further believe that these gifts and resources must be compassionately used for the good of those who are oppressed, in economic need, or lacking in justice and peace – those for whom Jesus gave his life.
A Commitment to Lay Ministry:
We are committed to help each person to discover and name their unique gifts and graces. Whenever possible, non-ordained servants will carry out the ministries of the church – empowered through training opportunities and practices that encourage lay initiative, leadership, responsibility and authority. Our ministry is enhanced when newcomers and inactive members can be incorporated with all members into the life of the church.
A Commitment to Relevant, Thought-Provoking, Challenging Preaching & Teaching:
We want to equip people to follow Christ in every sphere of life, while challenging them to be faithful, thinking people committed to continuous and mature faith development. Like John Wesley, we believe that the living core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture, illuminated by tradition, given life in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.
A Commitment to the Value of Every Person:
We welcome and affirm all persons without regard to gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental ability, marital status, economic condition, or anything else which threatens to divide God’s family. In our quest to follow the examples of Christ, we will employ no circles of exclusion and we commit ourselves to loving acts of invitation, hospitality, and reconciliation, providing ministry to, for, and with all persons without exception.
A Commitment to Growth:
We believe that growth is both individual and corporate: individual in that faith development is a lifelong process, corporate in that life is meant to be given away and that the church exists to share God’s love with others. Therefore, we will pursue attitudes and actions that lead to expansion of our ministries, better and increased use of our facilities, and a deepening of our own understanding of who God is in our lives.