Welcome to Mercy Hill! Maybe you've found us via a simple web search or because we are affiliated with a network or denomination you appreciate. Or maybe you're here because your friends have been inviting you to come with them to a service for some time now and you're wondering what all this Jesus stuff is about. Whatever the case may be, we're so glad that you've dropped by!
Navigating a new website can be a bit overwhelming at first. We've created this page as a way of highlighting some of the content we think you'll be most interested in. So come on in and take a look around!
#1: What We're All About
If you want to know what we're all about, we recommend first checking out our mission statement. Certainly a church is much more than their mission statement, but a good mission statement should help you identify a church's fundamental aim and trajectory. Everything else a church does moves out from this point. Every ministry, every event, every activity marches to the beat of this drum.
#2: Who We Are
Sometimes it helps to see a few faces and hear a few stories. Allow us to introduce you to some of our leaders. Make no mistake. They are no better than the next. They are just sinners who have been captivated and changed by the saving grace of Christ. And they're giving their lives to make Him known to others!
#3: What We Believe
It's a bit unfortunate, but you can't really presume to know what a Christian church believes anymore. There are so many differences of opinion, so many schisms and breaks. Some of these differences are more significant than others. In an effort to make things clearer for you, we have tried to organize our beliefs under two headings: (1) Core Confession; and (2) Doctrinal Distinctives.
Our Core Confession contains our most basic statement of faith—the things we think anyone needs to believe to be a healthy, thriving follower of Jesus.
Our Doctrinal Distinctives, on the other hand, outline for you where we stand on secondary, but still significant, matters of the faith. We do not think a person must align with us on these to be a Christian, nor do we require that people believe them to be Covenant Members here, but we do want people to be aware that our leaders will preach, teach, and counsel in accordance with them.
#4: Next Steps
You might be interested in learning about what we consider to be the "critical path" we hope everyone who engages with our church is brought into. For more on this, we can't provide you with a simple link but instead would direct you to the navigation bar at the top of this page. On the far right you'll find the item: "Next Steps". Check them out!
#5: Planning a Visit
Coming into a church service for the first time can be a bit daunting. How do you get there? What should you expect? Where are you supposed to take your kids? And so on. To alleviate some of this for you, we've dedicated a whole page to help you plan your first visit. We hope to see you soon!
That's it! Obviously, there is much more to our church than this page could do justice, but we do hope you found this helpful. Feel free to peruse our website and keep learning. And don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. We're so glad you've taken some time to get to know us. We hope we get the chance to get to know you!