The way we care for each other shapes our lives as disciples of Christ. In our caring, mentoring, pastoring, welcoming and enfolding we are inter-generational and inclusive, we make decisions by consensus and we use restorative practice principles to live out the ministry of reconciliation.

We value

  • CARE that is extended through our pastors, elders, deacons, pastoral care workers, and the Shalem Congregational Assistance Program
  • SUPPORT for one another in times of crisis by ways of meals, cards, prayers and tangible assistance
  • ENFOLDING guests and new members into our church community
  • HOSPITALITY extended through social opportunities, potluck meals, picnics, coffee houses and more
  • DISCIPLING each other through small groups where spiritual growth, faith formation, fellowship and care are shared among people of all ages and all life stages
  • FAITH FORMATION through strong ministries for children, youth & young adults, including mentoring opportunities and connections with our young adults studying elsewhere
  • JUBILEE NIGHT by sharing a communal meal on Wednesday¬† nights followed by programming for all ages
  • ACCEPTING people in diverse situations, supporting those who are hurting and committing to full accessibility
  • INCLUSION by developing and using the gifts of all people, in our worship, our programs and our use of technology
  • CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING for all decisions (except legally required budget approval)
  • RESTORATIVE PRACTICES as tools for the ways we build community, resolve differences and work for reconciliation.