Who We Are
The Westlake Way -
WITH not for
We believe in building relationships because a person is not a problem to be fixed but someone to be known.
Why? Repeatedly, Jesus invited people to, “follow me”. Jesus’ solution was for people to walk “with” him, not simply for him to do things “for” people. The best way to lead someone to Jesus is to have them follow you there. Walking with one another in relationship helps each of us discover one another’s God-given assets and leverage them for the greatest good, as Jesus did with his disciples.
HELP not hurt
We believe in empowering people to be the solution to their own problems.
Why? We are all image-bearers of God (Gen. 1:26-31). God brought us into being, blessed us, called us to meaningful work, then empowered us with the full capacity to support self and family by the fruit of our work. Therefore, each person has the ability to fulfill his or her calling to glorify God through his or her work and life. This is what it means to bear God’s image, because every person has dignity, worth and capacity for good.
OPEN not shut
We believe in openness to God’s Word as the sole authority of our lives.
Why? The Word is Christ (John 1:1-2, 14). Therefore, we seek to delight in Him without neglect (Psalm 119:16). For, all Scripture is “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16), molding us, shaping us toward Christlikeness. God speaks to us through His Word still, and it is relevant to our lives today (cf. Hebrews 4:12). The Word of God should read us as much as we read it.
LOVE not judge
We believe in fostering an environment where no one stands alone.
Why? We are called to love others, be a neighbor and demonstrate compassion (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus came to save the world not condemn it (Jn. 3:16-17). Jesus said everything about life boils down to loving God and loving others (Mk. 12:28-31). Our capacity to love others is the greatest measure of our love of God.
ENGAGE not ignore
We believe that we are never more like Jesus than when we engage the people God has placed around us and serve them in His name.
Why? Jesus has called us to “go” (Matt. 28:18-20) and engage the world around us as his “witnesses” (Acts 1:8). The local church is God’s preferred medium for this work.