C O N N E C T

We follow

JESUS

This is a church that has many people who are “kicking the tires” of the Christian faith — attracted by our key slogan: “No Church-Experience Required”

We Value

GRACE

We value Extravagant Grace, Bold Faith, and Ridiculous Generosity. We believe in reaching out to people at every stage of their spiritual journey.

We’d love to meet

YOU

We currently have two East Bay campuses: Alamo and Dublin. We also have campuses in San Francisco (Canvas) and in Mexico (La Misión and Tijuana).

We exist to continually invite more people to be filled with New Life in Jesus Christ.

Founding Pastors – Doug & Crystal Heisel

Values That Define Us


1.   Extravagant Grace

We celebrate and share life that is saturated by the extravagant grace of Jesus.  We fixate on His perfection not our performance.  Our entire ministry overflows from this reality.

2.   Bold Faith

When it’s too big for us, it’s just right for God.  We do not believe the lie that “God will never give us more than we can handle.”  God will often give us more that we can handle so we are forced to depend on His power and sovereignty.  We will not insult a BIG GOD with small thinking or safe living.  So we pray big prayers and keep stepping into the greater things God has for us.

3.   Ridiculous Generosity

We will lead the way in generosity, out of recognition of how ridiculously generous Jesus is to us.  We all start as spiritual consumers but soon we can’t help but become spiritual contributors.  We learn that we will never out give God, as His blessing will always surpass our giving.  Our staff and congregation joyfully put God first, and we feel honored to watch Him advance His work through us: locally, regionally and globally.  We believe that bringing our tithes and offerings is an act of worship and we do this with great joy.

Commitments That Develop Us


1.   Celebrating

Celebrating Jesus Through Irresistible Worship Services.  We boldly celebrate Jesus and His extravagant grace, passionately honor God’s Word, and attract people who are far from Him.  We design services where all ages leave filled-up and fired-up to take on a new week.  Whether you are exploring who Christ is, or have been following him for years, you will find it easy to grow in the Lord and experience the life changing and healing presence of the Holy Spirit, and attract people who are far from Him.  We design services where all ages leave filled-up and fired-up to take on a new week.  Whether you are exploring who Christ is, or have been following him for years, you will find it easy to grow in the Lord and experience the life changing and healing presence of the Holy Spirit.

2.   Connecting

Connecting with each other through Relationally-based Life Groups.  Life happens best when you get connected.  We structure for relationships because we cannot become or accomplish everything wants by ourselves.  We do this through relationally-based small groups called Life Groups.  All ages can experience the personal growth, joy, and care the results in our ever-expanding groups.  We sit in rows to learn how to live.  We come together in circles to learn how to love.  Our primary pastoral care happens in our Life Groups.  Life Groups happen both on and off campus.

3.  Growing

Growing in Grace through Intentional Discipleship.  We are committed to helping more people mature in Christ.  Maturity isn’t about age or information, it’s about becoming more like Jesus and more effective for Him.  We love having people at all stages of their spiritual journey.

4.  Sharing

Sharing God’s Love Through Joy-filled Life Teams. We love to serve and do it joyfully.  Our best energy and resources go into developing and deploying great servers and leaders.  We are honored to have dirty jerseys and refuse to ride the bench or sit in the bleachers.  Serving not only makes us bigger and better people but enables our church to advance its mission.

Convictions That Direct Us


1.   No Church Experience Required

This is an easy place to attend and invite friends.  We love new people!  Our VIPs are our first time guests, not those who have been here the longest.  We unapologetically tilt towards the needs of the outsider, rather than the preferences of the insider.  We welcome you just as you are!  No church background.  No special clothes.  No Bible knowledge required.  No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome and encouraged to explore the Bible, Jesus, and the Christian faith with us, at your own pace.

2.   Exceptional Health and Unity

We are contagious with joy, honor, and gratitude.  This is a positive joy-filled place.  We love to laugh.  We believe the best in people, speak vision and life over them, and help them discover the dreams God has for them.  We are a generation of honor, known for what we are for, not against.  We are FOR seeing broken lives changed by Christ.  We are FOR new beginnings.  We are FOR loving and serving others.  We are FOR communicating in gracious rather than judgmental ways.  And we are FOR seeing all churches rise up and advance the gospel.  We are united around our mission, and aggressively defend our unity.

3.   A mindset of ‘Get To’ not ‘Have To’

We minister from a mindset of God’s goodness and favor, and see all serving and giving as something we “get to do” rather than “have to do”.  Nothing is more fun and rewarding than advancing the good news of Jesus, with people you love. This is our highest calling and we get to do it!

4.   Intentional Simplicity

We limit our platform so we can unleash our ministry.  We believe we can accomplish more through the simple platform of groups and teams, than through a multitude of programs and events.  This enables us to leverage our resources and people for maximum results, both inside and outside the church.  This includes “Shadowing” & “Apprenticeship” for serving inside New Life Church, and “Strategic Partnerships” for serving outside New Life Church.  Our simplicity enables us to reach more, accomplish more, & enjoy more.

5.   Multigenerational Commitment

We are church-family committed to equipping, empowering and mobilizing all ages of people, with special emphasis on the younger generations.  Uniting the wisdom of the “more experienced” with the zeal of “younger believers” allows us to grow from strength to strength.  United, we will model our passion for Christ, His Church, and making a positive difference in the world.

6.   Perpetual Growth

We are here to be part of a movement in our generation, and believe the best is yet to come.  We will never stop growing – neither individually nor collectively.  People matter too much, to do anything less!  We unapologetically measure our progress, and adapt what we do, so that it is culturally relevant and highly effective.

7.   All For His Glory

It’s not about us.  It’s all about Jesus!  So we walk humbly before our God and others, give Him our best, and never stop celebrating and promoting the riches of being filled with new life in Jesus Christ.

Our Faith Statements


The Bible 

The Only Time Tested Inspired Word of God, The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and life (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

God

The One True God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent ‘I AM,’ the Creator of heaven and earth, the Redeemer of mankind.  He has revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10,11, Mt. 28:19, Luke 3:22).

Jesus 

The Only Son of God, Savior, and Soon Coming King.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God.  The Scriptures declare his: Virgin birth (Mt. 1:23; Lk. 1:31,35);  Sinless life (Heb. 7:26;1 Pt. 2:22);  Miracles (Ac. 2:22; 10:38);  Substitutionary work on the cross (1 Co. 15:3; 2 Co. 5:21);  Bodily resurrection from the dead (Mt. 28:6; Lk. 24:39; 1 Co. 15:4); Exaltation to the right hand of God (Ac. 1:9,11; 2:33; Ph. 2:9,11; Hb.1:3);  and His Personal & Imminent Return, and Millennial Reign (1 Th. 4:16-17, Re. 19:11-14, 20:1-6).

The Holy Spirit

The Third Person of the Trinity and Giver of Supernatural Gifts.  The Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who indwells, baptizes, and gives supernatural gifts to all Believers, for empowerment to witness and serve.  His present work is the same as that in the New Testament (Lk. 24:49; Ac. 1:4-8, 2:4; 1 Co. 12:1-31, Jm. 5:14-16).

Mankind

A Sinful Nature, In Need of Salvation & Sanctification, Mankind was created good and upright; but by voluntary disobedience, fell into sin and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Ge. 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Rm. 5:12-19).  Mankind’s only hope of salvation is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, giving us forgiveness of sin, eternal life, and power to live separated from evil (Jn. 3:16, Rm. 10:9-10, 12:1).

The Church

God’s Agency in This World.  The church is to carry out the work of Christ in this world, equip people for ministry, and maintain the ordinances of the Church — Baptism by immersion and Communion (Mk. 16:15-16, 1 Co. 11:26, Eph. 4:11-16).  We also believe we are to affirm God’s plan for marriage as being a sacred union between one man and one woman in a legally recognized marriage.  This was stated by God in Gen 2:22-24; quoted again by Jesus in Matt 19:4-6; and underscored by the Apostle Paul in Eph 5:31.

Our Future

Our Heavenly Home Death for the believer is not an event to be feared but a promotion to anticipate.  Jesus is right now preparing an eternal home for all who know him, so that we may live with him forever (1 Th. 4:16, 17; Rm. 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Co. 15:51.52; Re. 21 and 22).


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