Beliefs & Values

At St. Peter, we are children, teens, young adults, middle aged, seniors, single, partnered, married, divorced, widowed, straight, and gay. We come from many different socioeconomic groups, theological perspectives, and political points of view. Our goal is to be a community grounded in Jesus Christ where everyone - no matter who they are or where they are on their journey - can:

We believe everyone needs a place where they feel wanted and loved unconditionally. Therefore, we seek to be a community where everyone feels like they belong. As we foster a spirit of belongingness, we create a place where everyone can heal, find peace, and grow.
We believe our community thrives when everyone engages their gifts and talents in the life of our church. To encourage everyone to do so, we strive to offer avenues for all to be connected and involved.
We believe we are stronger when we reach beyond our walls to support those in our neighborhood and beyond. Energized and inspired by the love of God, we act to create a world of justice and hope for all.

To live out these beliefs, we strive to be an emotionally healthy community. We aren’t always perfect, but we try to:

  • Encourage each other to grow our faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Put intentional effort into everything we do.
  • Consistently and lovingly express emotions, opinions, and right attitudes (humility, love, gentleness, compassion, joy, patience, acceptance, openness, peace, forgiveness, etc).
  • Discover, embrace, and utilize people’s passions (not just their expertise).
  • Support our leaders (lay and pastoral).
  • Accept responsibilities only when we can commit to seeing them to completion and not pressure others to take on responsibilities.