On a denominational scale, we are a Christian Reformed Church (CRC), part of the CRCNA. As a denomination, our mission is as follows:
We gather to praise God, listen to him, and respond. We nurture each other in faith and obedience to Christ. We love and care for one another as God's people. We commit ourselves to serve and to tell others about Jesus. We pursue God's justice and peace in every area of life.
Reformed Christians are a small part of a much larger body of believers who love and serve Jesus Christ. Reformed teachings are shared by denominations other than the Christian Reformed Church. What’s different is the emphasis that we might place on them.
On the local level, Oak Harbor Christian Reformed Church's mission and values all come from what the Bible has to say about the Kingdom of God. Our mission in action reveals God to the world, and shows us the work, sweat, and tears of Jesus. To love and serve his good world following his example of denying ourselves and picking up our cross. The actions of redeemed image-bearing humans done for the sake of the gospel. We believe our mission (missiology) will reveal who Jesus is (Christology) to ourselves and others (outreach). And in knowing Jesus, we will know how to do church properly (ecclesiology). The Bible teaches us that what makes churches work is an intimate understanding of their kingdom priorities.
God’s kingdom grows and expands in how much it shines the light of the good news. We grow as a body, we grow as individual believers, we grow as a church- when we walk in the light of the kingdom of God.
So we value:
- every human being as made in the image of God
- community as a reflection of the unity of the triune God; we value the diversity of God's family as an expression of God's image for human beings
- scripture as a faithful revelation of God and his heart for our world
- interpretation of scripture that is consistent with the message of the good news of God's Kingdom
- faithfulness to our call as a church in shining the light of the Kingdom in our actions and decisions
- feeding the hungry and thirsty, sheltering the homeless, visiting the prisoner, protecting and advocating for the helpless, leadership through service
- the love of God as his hope for the world and in living out this love in sacrificial service for it and one another without restrictions or conditions
- the continuing work of the Holy Spirit both in the individual believer and in the Church- ecclesia semper reformandi est - the church should always be reforming.