When you enter MountainView Community you will find several defining values established in each member. We believe these are key to our success, and therefore each person must be careful how he builds (1 Cor. 3:10). The following is a look at some of our key values:
Oneness & Unity
“Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” – John 17:11 (NKJV)
God desires to see authentic oneness and community in the Global Church in our day. Harmonization and oneness are essential in the life of those connected to us within the community.
Our members have been through an intense process over the last several years, and in that process they learned selflessness and the value of sacrifice. We also gained an intense value and respect for our neighbor and brother which resulted in more committed relationship with each other and shared identity. We are walking in divine direction in the midst of coordination and collaboration, and with sharing and unity.
”Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” Acts 4:32 (NKJV)
It is out of our relationship with God that we instill shared life with one another. Inside MountainView Community we accentuate shared life and exemplify it with the refusal to own ministry as our own. We display this in the understanding that all good things come from God, and nothing good is the result of our own efforts. We live free of calling anything “my ministry”, and instead choose to be relationally connected to building the same unified purpose.
“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night” Exodus 13:21 (NKJV)
Journeying is an awareness of a change of season and we have the responsibility to know and adequately respond to the appointed times. We have entered into a move of God that has us far removed from the static positions of a religious faith built around a Church service. We are a Church walking in deep partnership with God and we keep moving with Him. (Mt 4:4)
We gleam from the life of our ancient ancestors, and build in line with the following key observations:
- God would move at inconvenient times, and the people would have to continue their pilgrimage – having to overcome their own exhaustion.
- They would have also required inspiration from their leadership to sacrifice at these inconvenient times.
- God was training an unrefined and unruly people. By the end of their journey, God had a people who are trained to move by the breath of God. We must therefore grow in the midst of journey to become more Christ-Like.
It is because of this growth that occurred in the midst of the Journey that the Israelites could then face marching round Jericho. Even though the directive doesn’t make sense in the natural realm, the completed Journey has taught the people to carry the load and be bridled by God.
”But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—“Ephesians 4:15 (NKJV)
“Everybody Has To Change”. Everything in our Community is centered on this phrase. We cannot ever grow stagnant or become blinded by the sense of arrival, we declare that we have not arrived at completion until we have reached the fullness of Christ, and therefore everyone must always be changing and maturing, and no one is exempt. Our leadership structure must be the first to demonstrate continued change and growth.
Our mission therefore is to align our personal lives with the purposes of God. We are on a journey to dismantle the imperative of self and begin living a selfless life. We are responsible to each other to develop a posture of newness within us that leads us into being more Christ like. Interacting with the truth to see who we are and who God intends us to become. The process provokes us into action to do whatever God is requiring of us in order for us to reach our full potential in Christ. In this personal process we discover a completely new conduct in life, and it is only in relationally connecting ourselves with other like-minded believers that we will achieve success.
”God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24 (NKJV)
MountainView Community’s worship is strategically designed and built to emphasize Spirit and Truth. We are careful to evaluate and ensure that Worship services are God centered and not just about the expression of natural gifting; nothing can be presented to God without it being from a pure and holy lifestyle aligned with His ways.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)
Apostolic Reform is an ongoing process and will continue until the Church becomes mature and fulfills its prophetic promises of God upon the earth. We recognize that the current structures of the Church cannot bring the Church to the completion of all things. Therefore God is bringing reformation and restructuring to the global Church and is proclaiming to all the nations of the earth a bold new kingdom advance in the 21st Century. Our Key community components surrounding this are:
- There must be a strong emphasis on people growing towards maturity and developing in Christ-likeness within our community.
- We must rise above the bigness and apparent arbitrariness of life and recognize there is a divine plan that God is building.
- The finishing season requires the building of people who are strong and able to stand the assaults of darkness. (2 Timothy 3)
- Recognition that our process of personal maturity is directly connected to the corporate advance of the Church.
We must be aware of and obtain a greater and more immediate proximity of the Eternal realm. The awareness of God’s proximity comes with a greater sense of responsibility. It requires our focus to be more eternal and less earthy. (Mt 6:20)
”Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.” Philippians 3:17 (NKJV)
At MountainView Community we understand that God gave some to be Apostles (Eph. 4:11) and through pure and integrity filled relationships God established the Apostolic to build the church (Eph. 2:20). Apostolic grace is found in aligning our movement and ways to that which comes from the Apostolic. This is to say that everything that God is currently emphasizing for the Church comes with the power of His grace.
We declare that if God asks us to build it then He will give us every resource necessary to do so. We build this on a personal level, and wherever God requires us to grow, mature, and change we can boldly move forward because we know that His grace is sufficient. (2 Cor. 12:9)