Mission, Vision & Values
St. Peter’s glorifies God the Father through knowing His Son, Jesus Christ, and making Him known, by the power of His Holy Spirit.
St. Peter’s is a community of God’s grace which fulfills Jesus’ command to love God, love others, and share the Gospel, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.” -Gloria Patri, Book of Common Prayer (1928)“The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'” -Mark 12:29-31″And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” -Mt 28:18–20.
Biblical Teaching and Preaching
Since “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17), we are committed to teaching and preaching which has its authority firmly rooted in the Scriptures. We believe truly biblical teaching and preaching is practical. We encourage all believers to be students of the Word of God.
Acts 2:42 clearly teaches that community life (koinonia) is a central characteristic of the Church of Jesus Christ; therefore, we are committed to using the resources of our community in meeting one another’s needs with gladness and generosity; having regular fellowship at church and in homes, especially through sharing meals; providing a place of welcome, safety, respect, and mutual encouragement; and being an intentionally diverse community with regard to race, ethnicity, economic-status, church background, and social background.
All Christians are called in the Great Commandment (Matt. 22:36-40) and the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20) to be disciples of Jesus. As disciples, we are commanded to know Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth, and the life; be disciplined by the Spirit in our personal lives: thoughts, emotions, decisions, relationships, and actions; and make Jesus known to others, that is, making and growing disciples.
In Luke 11:1-13, Jesus tells his disciples that prayer is fundamental to the advancement of the Kingdom of God. We recognize that God is sovereign, but he uses our prayers, when offered in faith, to great effect (Jam. 5:15&16). Therefore we are dedicated in prayer to invite God’s sovereign presence in our worship; seek God’s sovereign will and purpose in our decisions; ask for God’s sovereign power in our work; and open ourselves to greater works of God’s sovereign Spirit.
God sets out his agenda for his people in Deut. 6:4-9—we are to love God with everything that makes us who we are and teach our families to do the same. We see in Genesis 1:26-28 and 2:18-25 this has always been essential to God’s will for us. Because of this, we are committed to building strong families through enriching marriages; encouraging parents; providing age-appropriate discipleship and fellowship for children and youth; and integrating all ages into the work and worship of the church.
Healing is major part of the ongoing ministry of the Holy Spirit through the church (James 5:14&15). We believe that it is God’s will that all should be healed but the nature of that healing is entirely in accordance with God’s sovereign purpose. We seek the grace of his healing presence through prayer and sacrament for physical, emotional, and mental health; restoration of broken relationships; and repentance and revival in our broken world.
In every generation, God calls leaders to raise up their successors. Moses raised up Joshua (Deut. 31:14-23) and Paul raised up Timothy (Acts 16:1-5). Because of our special relationships with Beeson Divinity School and the ACNA, and the number of leaders in large corporations we have in our community, we believe that God has placed a special call on St. Peter’s to develop biblical Anglican leaders, lay and ordained, for the 21st century.
In Acts 1:8, Christ commands his church to be his witnesses throughout the world, beginning in their hometowns (i.e., their “Jerusalem”). Our love for God and our love for our neighbor compels us to reach out beyond the boundaries of our church to share the Gospel through foreign and local missions, church planting, works of mercy, and intentional evangelism.
The Psalmist said, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.” (Ps. 46:4) In reflecting on the Acts of the Apostles, Bishop Lesslie Newbigin said that the church was “one river, three streams: Catholic, Evangelical, and Pentecostal [or Charismatic]” (The Household of God). St. Peter’s is committed to integrated ministry as reflected in these Three Streams: Sacrament (Catholic), Scripture (Evangelical), and Spiritual (Charismatic).
John 4:23-24 and 1 Chron. 16:29 speak of the ultimate priority of all believers: worshipping the Lord in spirit and in truth and in the beauty of holiness. Worship will be our eternal occupation and delight. Following the Lord’s command through the Apostle Paul (Eph. 5:19) and the practice of the early church (Acts 2:42), we worship following the ancient-future pattern of a mixture of ancient and contemporary liturgies and music.
We are a liturgical tradition that seeks to combine the rich sacramental history and tradition of the Church with a strong Reformational faith and a keen awareness of the continuing activity of the Holy Spirit. This is what we call “3 streams” worship: Word, Spirit, and Sacrament.
While you may not be familiar with Anglicanism, you are more than likely familiar with some famous Anglicans: C.S. Lewis, J.I. Packer, Bono, Desmond Tutu, George Washington, Francis Scott Key, F.D.R., George H.W. Bush, John Wesley, Jane Austen, T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Sayers, and William Wordsworth to name a few.
The Anglican Church began as the state church of England. During the 16th century the church took on the theology of the Protestant Reformation, reclaiming the ancient truths of the Bible and salvation by grace through faith, while retaining many of the true and right forms and rituals of the Catholic Church. In this way, the Anglican Church is the “middle way” between Protestantism and Catholicism.
As England colonized the world, she took her church with her. Upon decolonization, the state church was no longer present, but the theology and the heritage of the church remained. This brought about the creation of the Anglican Communion, which now is represented in 164 countries, with a total of about 80 million members worldwide, organized into 38 autonomous Provinces. Unlike the Catholic Church which is centered around the Pope in the Province of Rome, the Anglican Communion is led by a cooperation of Archbishops from all the global Anglican Provinces.
Although there is a global crisis in the Anglican Communion because some Provinces (like the Episcopal Church USA by and large) have left the Biblical moorings that served to form the foundation of our Church, traditionally the Provinces have held five things in common:
- The Bible as the authoritative basis of our faith
- The Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds as basic statements of essential Christian belief
- The 39 Articles and The book of Common Prayer as historic and faithful representations of Anglican doctrine and practice
- A recognition of the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion
- The godly historic episcopate: the belief that Christian church has historically been organized with a polity system that includes bishops as overseers