Our mission at Joliet First is to become a community of hope but also hope within our community. We are learning what it means to become a place and people who exist for Joliet. In scripture, God calls the farmers to "leave the edge" of their fields for the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the foreigner. We are asking, what does it look like for us to become the "edges" to our community? At JF we have four principles, markers or values guiding us toward this mission of hope:
SEEK--We believe whatever you seek will become the center of who you are. Seeking is about aligning our life's habits with God's hopes for the world. We believe one of the greatest ways to seek is through our Sunday weekly gathering.
INVEST--We are only as invested as we are committed to a community. Get invested by getting connected. Community Groups are where we make our greatest investment as we learn, share, grow and care for one another.
RESTORE-- We believe a natural response to our relationship with God is an outpouring and willingness to give our time, talents, gifts and resources to the poor, those less fortunate, the church, and others who need our gifts more than we do. We are joining God on this restorative mission to make everything new.
SEND--We believe in making, multiplying and sending leaders to change the world. Sending is about serving. Whether you're serving at your job, teaching our students, or planting a church, we believe everyone should be sent in some capacity.