Our lives as disciples of Christ are strengthened and supported in how we relate and care for one another, provide mentoring opportunities, pastoral care, welcome and enfold new members. We are an inter-generational congregation, make decisions by way of consensus, and desire to use the principles of restorative justice to live out the ministry of reconciliation.

Core Commitments:

  • Extending Pastoral Care through our pastor, elders, deacons, pastoral care workers, and the Shalem Congregational Assistance Program
  • Supporting one another in times of crisis by ways of meals, cards, prayers and other supports
  • Discipling each other through small groups where spiritual growth, faith formation, fellowship and care can be experienced
  • Providing strong ministries for children, youth & young adults, including mentoring opportunities and connections with our young adults studying elsewhere
  • Enfolding guests and new members into our church community
  • Sharing a communal meal on Jubilee Night followed by programming for all ages
  • Accepting diverse situations, supporting hurting people, and committing to full accessibility
  • Developing the gifts of people young, old and in-between in worship, programs and technology
  • Making decisions by consensus and using restorative justice as a means to reconcile with each other and work through differences
  • Enriching congregational life with social opportunities, potluck meals, picnics and coffee houses.