Relationally Safe & Biblically Sound
This doesn’t make us better than others, just deliberately different for the sake of reaching some people who aren’t being reached. Generally, churches that are biblically sound have not been known for being relationally safe; conversely, churches that are relationally safe have not been known for being biblically sound. But we’re both safe and sound. And frankly, this may perplex some long-time church people who have come to expect that the presence of one dictates the absence of the other.
But we’re okay with that because we’re not trying to reach church people, but those who don’t go to church, either because they’ve given up on it or have never gone. In particular, we want to reach the unchurched among younger generations. Not because we don’t care about anybody else, but because the future of the church depends on it, and it fits the biblical pattern of one generation reaching the next generation.
This does not mean that those of you who are older will be overlooked or neglected or considered unimportant at Moon Valley. On the contrary, you are vital to our calling, and we welcome all ages. In fact, if we are to reach the next generation, it will only be to the extent that we unselfishly reach for them together.
So here’s what we have in mind when we say safe and sound.