Our Hearts Desire:
To build a community of disciples that passionately pursues God as the all-satisfying end of every search.
To create a faith community that teaches and models vintage expressions of devotion to Jesus Christ—where people of all backgrounds and life paths are invited to come and experience the presence of God at the deepest and most profound level—To train, equip and release those same people to do the work of the Church; “to make known the manifold wisdom of God, so that everyone, through Jesus Christ, might approach God with freedom and confidence.”
We believe that life remains maddeningly incoherent apart from Jesus Christ. We believe that “all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe… get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross” For this reason, we will focus on the teachings of Jesus and His best students, found in the words of the Old and New Testament.
We believe that the history of the Church is rich—that the confessions and creeds, as well as many of the traditions of the Church are valuable for us today. We must fight our tendency to underestimate the contributions of the past and exaggerate the wisdom of the present. We will incorporate many of those ancient traditions into the life of Manna, and we will rely heavily upon the liturgical calendar that the Church has observed for centuries.
We believe that life of the Church must not be confined to the walls of a building. For that reasons, as often as possible, we will conduct services and hold gatherings in public places—worshipping God and serving our community in ways that are visible and that take the gospel to the culture, rather than always waiting for people to come to us.
Praying, not as a prelude to ministry, but as the ministry itself. We believe that prayer is what drives the church—it changes us as it opens us up to the power of God and a greater sense of His presence. We will incorporate prayer into every aspect of the life of the ministry.
Embracing Popular Culture and the arts as allies, not enemies. We believe that all truth is God’s truth. Popular culture includes many offerings that are profoundly spiritual or that point to the truth of who God is. We will, through a variety of activities, use those offerings as a way to “plunder” our culture to the glory of God.
Spreading God’s fame to every people group on Earth. We believe that God delights in His own glory above all things—that he desires to spread his fame throughout the earth. We believe that missions is, at its heart, about sharing Christ with every people group on earth. We will devote our resources, our energy, and our time to that end.
Promoting the health and vitality of the one Church in West Michigan. We believe that there is only one Church, and that as one part of the Body suffers, so do all the parts, just as surely as we glory in the health of each other. We will strive, through a variety of creative and intentional ways, to promote the unity of the Church.