Shalom Church is Bible-based, loves Jesus, and honors Israel.
Our mission is to make disciples teaching them the fullness of our spiritual heritage. We equip Christians to reignite their passion for God’s Word and understand the foundations of our faith in its cultural Hebraic context. We observe the biblical feasts in a Jesus-centered way and support Messianic Jewish ministries in Israel.
We believe Holy Spirit is bringing together Jewish and Gentile believers to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, and usher in His return. This corporate revival is ignited by a personal revival that awakens a renewed passion for God’s Word to realize His will in our lives. Visit our online Learning Center that will help take your relationship with God to a new level.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to make disciples teaching them the fullness of our spiritual heritage.
Our vision is to see people saved, discipled, and living in freedom and purpose.
At Shalom Church we are called to:
- • Rebuild our connection to Israel, the birthplace of our faith.
- • Raise our understanding of Scripture in its cultural Hebraic context.
- • Repair our relationship with our Messianic Jewish brethren.
- • Restore a genuine love for the Gospel Jesus preached.
“Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins, will raise up the age-old foundations, will be called Repairer of the Breach, Restorer of Streets for Dwelling.” (Isaiah 58:12 TLV)
We teach and study the Bible with a Messianic Jewish perspective to deepen our understanding and appreciation of its unified message and God’s plan to bless his world through Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah.
“The New Testament without the Old is as impossible as the second floor of a house without the first, and the Old without the New as unfinished as a house without a roof.” -David H. Stern
We promote unity in the body of Christ for Jewish and Gentile believers to fellowship together and support one another. “For He is our shalom [peace], the One who made the two into one” (Ephesians 2:14 TLV).
We help Gentile believers know Jesus better in His Jewish cultural context and Jewish people find salvation in Yeshua the Messiah without severing their Jewish identity.
We celebrate the biblical calendar in a Jesus-centered way that enriches our personal walk with God, our families, and other believers.
Part of the outreach of Shalom Church is to bless other churches with life-giving teachings that transform. Pastors Nestor and Dina Lima teach conferences on leadership, family, biblical feasts, Jewish roots, and lead Passover Seders. They help pastors and their congregations deepen their understanding of the Jewish roots of Christianity in a biblical balanced way. Pastors Lima are bilingual and reach Spanish and English-speaking audiences.
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 our core values that unite our community: Unity, Generosity, Holiness, Relationships.
How We Do Ministry
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.
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 relationships with the Jewish community.
Because our Savior gave us the task to “Go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19-20), we make disciples that in turn make disciples.
We equip people to be rooted in God’s Word in these areas:
Life Purpose to empower people to live with purpose and become effective disciples of Jesus.
Family to equip parents to improve family relationships and leave a lasting legacy.
Jewish Roots to guide believers to discover the Jewish roots of our faith and deepen their walk with God.
We pastor to pastor. That means that we pastor people by equipping leaders to shepherd the body of Christ and thus do the work of the ministry. The Bible says that we are ministers of one another, “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.
We develop leaders who love and learn to shepherd people.
We build community through:
Worship by gathering weekly to celebrate our awesome God and worship corporately.
Discipleship by equipping and learning together to increase in wisdom and understanding.
Fellowship by breaking bread together and build community through Shabbat gatherings and various other relationship-building activities.
How We Support Israel
As a Gentile church that loves Israel and the Jewish people, we strive to demonstrate our love in tangible ways. Therefore, we:
- Adopt the Seven Affirmations established by Toward Jerusalem Council II.
- Embrace the principle of “to the Jew first” by dedicating the first service of each month as a Messianic Service.
- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the salvation of the Jewish people.
- Teach about the Jewishness of Jesus, the Gospel, and the Bible by understanding its original, first-century cultural setting.
- Study the Bible with a Messianic perspective so that we gain a balanced view of Israel and Church, and the key roles each plays in God’s overall plan of redemption for all peoples.
- Stand 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.
- Stand against anti-semitism, which is the hostility toward or prejudice against Jewish people.
- Celebrate the biblical feasts throughout the year such as our congregational Passover Seder.
- Support financially 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.