Shalom Church is Bible-based, Spirit-filled committed to the Gospel of Jesus. We are family-centered, multicultural and honor Israel. We often say that we are a Gentile church with a kosher heart.
Our founding verse is: "For He is our shalom [peace], the One who made the two into one" (Ephesians 2:14 TLV)
Our desire is to help people encounter God. We accomplish this by making disciples rooted in God’s Word.
Vision & Mission
Our vision is to see people saved, discipled, and living in freedom and purpose.
Our mission is to make disciples and empower people to walk in the fullness of our spiritual heritage. We do this by helping people Become a disciple of Jesus, Belong to family, and Build God’s Kingdom.
Becoming a disciple of Jesus means being discipled, walking in the fullness of our spiritual heritage, and making disciples.
Belonging to family means developing healthy relationships with other believers and doing life together.
Building God’s Kingdom means developing our gifts and calling and using them to impart the life of Jesus in others.
Culture & Values
Our culture is one of Unity, Love, and Passion.
Unity because that’s where God commands the blessing. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity… For there [in unity] the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever.” (Psalm 133:1-3)
Love because we are called to love one another. “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Passion because it motivates us to keep learning, growing, and building God’s Kingdom.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” (Colossians 3:23)
At Shalom Church, we strive to live by these values: Peace, Unity, Love, Generosity, Holiness, Excellence, Relationships.
Our Church Government is singular headship (pastor), and plural leadership (elders). Shalom Church is elder governed, senior pastor led, staff and volunteer-managed, and congregationally owned.
How We Do Ministry
Our ministry focus includes:
Discipleship to empower people to live in freedom and purpose.
Evangelism to equip believers to share the Gospel of Jesus.
Prophetic to edify, encourage, and comfort the Body of Christ.
Jewish-Christian Relations to develop friendships with the Jewish community.
We follow a New Testament home church model where people are discipled, developed, and equipped relationally in small groups.
“Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house” (Acts 2:46-47 NASB)
Our discipleship classes are focused on helping people become strongly rooted in God’s Word. Our classes emphasize:
To empower people to live with purpose and become effective disciples of Jesus.
To equip parents to improve family relationships and leave a lasting legacy.
To guide believers to discover the Jewish roots of our faith and deepen their walk with God.
We pastor people by equipping leaders for the work of the ministry.
“For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12 NASB)
Pastoring is loving people. Therefore, we love people so that they can in turn love others. Pastoring is taking care of people. Therefore, we take care of people so that they can in turn take care of others.
Our focus on leadership development helps people build a firm foundation on the truth of God’s Word and become leaders who love people.
We build community through:
Worship by gathering weekly to celebrate our awesome God and worship corporately.
Discipleship by equipping and learning together how to be effective disciples of Jesus.
Fellowship by breaking bread together and build community.
How We Support Israel
As a Gentile church that loves Israel and the Jewish people, some of the ways in which we demonstrate our love are:
- Adopting the 7 Affirmations established by Toward Jerusalem Council II.
- Embracing the principle of “to the Jew first” by dedicating the first service of each month as a Messianic Service.
- Praying for the peace of Jerusalem and the salvation of the Jewish people.
- Teaching about the Jewishness of Jesus, the Gospel, and the Bible by understanding its original, first-century cultural setting.
- Studying the Bible with a Messianic perspective so that we gain a healthy and balanced view of Israel, the Jewish people and the Church, and the key roles we play in God’s overall plan of redemption for all peoples.
- Standing against replacement theology also called “supersessionism,” which is an unbiblical, erroneous view that the New Testament church has superseded or replaced Israel in God’s plan as His Chosen People.
- Standing against anti-semitism, which is the hostility toward or prejudice against Jewish people.
- Celebrating the biblical feasts throughout the year such as our congregational Passover Seder.
- Financially supporting Messianic ministries in Israel.
We adopt the 7 Affirmations established by Toward Jerusalem Council II – tjcii.org
Consistent with the principle established in the original Jerusalem Council of Acts Chapter 15 regarding respect for diversity in the Body of Christ concerning Jewish and Gentile identity, we do make the following affirmations:
1. We affirm the election of Israel, its irrevocable nature and God’s unfinished work with the Jewish people regarding salvation and the role of Israel as a blessing to the nations.
2. We affirm that Jews who come to faith in the Messiah, Jesus, are called to remain true to their identity as Jews and live as part of their people in ways consistent with the New Covenant.
3. We affirm the formation of Messianic Jewish congregations as a significant and effective way to express Jewish collective identity (in Jesus) and as a means of witnessing to Jesus before the Jewish community. We also affirm Jewish individuals and groups that are part of churches and encourage them in their commitment to Jewish life and identity.
4. We affirm our willingness as an ecclesiastical body to build bridges to the Messianic Jewish community; to extend the hand of friendship and to pray for their growth and vitality.
5. We affirm our willingness to share our resources with Messianic Jewish congregations, mission organizations and theological training institutes so as to empower them to fulfill their God-given purpose.
6. We affirm our willingness to be a voice within our own ecclesiastical structures and spheres of influence against all forms of anti-Semitism, replacement theology (supersessionism) and teaching that precludes the expression of Jewish identity in Jesus.
7. Finally, we affirm that as Jewish and Gentile expressions of life in Jesus grow organically side by side with distinct identities that God will be glorified; that the Kingdom of Heaven will be advanced and that the vision of “the one new man” in Ephesians 2 will unfold as part of the original Abrahamic blessing to the nations.