Our Philosophy

Common Ground is committed to “Making Christ-Like Disciples of the Nations”.  Christ-likeness is the result of living a life empowered and transformed by the Holy Spirit.  This is at the center of who we are and what we do.

We believe the spirit filled life results in a love for God, a love for people, and a life that bears spiritual fruit.  As we connect to Jesus (the vine) he produces a Love for God, a Love for People, and helps us Bear Fruit (reproduce our spiritual lives in others).

Spirit Filled Disciple

Common Ground's Discipleship Philosophy

LOVE GOD: our worship experiences are the entry point for most people.  We focus on helping people learn to love God.  Jesus defined that as obeying him.  By learning the TRUTH of God’s word, and teaching our people to connect their SPIRIT to God, we help our people become the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. (John 4:23)

LOVE PEOPLE: Small groups are where people connect in relationships.  From the beginning days of the Church, loving relationships were experienced in the context of a small group of believers committed to learning how to live out the love of Christ, caring for each others needs, prayer, and fellowship. (Acts 2:42-47)

BEAR FRUIT: Ministry happens in small groups (Connections), as well as ministry teams aimed at particular needs.  Ministry is a natural part of life together.  We believe ministry should be done in the context of spiritual gifts.  Spiritual gifts are abilities empowered by the Holy Spirit which when used allow God to show his love to the people to whom we minister.  Jesus said when we are connected to him, we will bear much fruit.  This FRUIT is to be understood as the fruit of the Spirit poured out in spiritually gifted ministry.  The result is people finding Christ’s forgiveness and beginning their spiritual journey.

Our Church ministries, staff, board, budgets, buildings, etc… are aimed at building these three dynamics into the lives of our people.  Everything we do is filtered through the lens of disciple-making.