our identity

Holistic - Understanding that all areas of life are connected, including faith, time, family, work, body, money, etc, we view our role in ministry as one to the total person.

 

Missional - We believe that God intends Christianity to be a way of life which sends us into the world to serve God and our neighbors, so that God's will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. The Church is never to be withdrawn or an isolated user of the gospel of Jesus; rather, we receive it so that we may be equipped and sent into the world to love our neighbours and serve "the least of these." In this sense, The People of Mars Hill do not have a mission; we are mission.

 

Jesus - As Christians (followers of Christ) we see ourselves as a growing people who are learning to live life with God in the way of Jesus. We represent a generous orthodoxy, rooted in the Scriptures and consistent with the ancient teachings of the Church.

 

Community - Desiring to share life together, we hope to become a living, breathing, local expression of the global, historical body of Christ.

Our name and mission

In the first century, Athens was the cultural and religious center of the Eastern world. It was also home to the most renowned philosophers in history, including Socrates, Plato, Epicurious, Aristotle, and Zeno (the founder of Stoicism). Nestled in the heart of the city was a marketplace where ancient Athenians gathered to shop, discuss matters of politics and religion, and conduct business. Close by was the Areopagus, which is translated "Mars Hill". Mars Hill was a place of open forum for philosophical and religious debate. It was here in Acts 17 that the apostle Paul used the Greek's own cultural icons (their statues and poems) to engage the Athenians in conversation about Christ.

 

The People of Mars Hill embrace the same mission. It is our mission to take conversations about Jesus into the marketplaces of where we work, live, play and interact. We acknowledge that we live in a changing world, a world much like first century Athens. We live in an age where truth is relative and Christianity is only one choice among many alternatives.

 

Following the timeless example of the early Church, The People of Mars Hill are committed to carrying the positive news about Jesus to everyone we encounter. We welcome people from all walks of life, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. We believe that authentic community is one of the deepest human needs. The church should, therefore, be a place of dialogue where people are drawn in and find meaningful relationships. We are more committed to growing people than growing programs. People matter to God and should also matter to us. As we help others grow, we find ourselves becoming who God created us to be.