Shalom Church is a Bible-based, Spirit-filled, evangelistic church that honors Israel.
We’re about unity, love, and passion for God and people. We demonstrate our love for God by helping people encounter Jesus.
Our love for Jesus and Israel inspires us to embrace the Jewish roots of the Christian faith. We help Jews and Gentiles understand the Gospel message of Jesus and provide a safe place where both fellowship together.
Our community welcomes anyone who seeks an evangelical church that offers a bit of Messianic Jewish expression and teaches God’s Word with a Messianic Jewish perspective.
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One of the unique aspects of our church is that we teach the Bible with a Messianic Jewish perspective to understand the full counsel of God cohesively in the First and New Covenants (Old and New Testaments), and thus gain a balanced view of Israel and the Church and the key roles they play in God’s overall plan of redemption for all peoples.
We believe in the Jewishness of Jesus, the Gospel, and the Bible, which is why our services, teachings, and activities have a bit of a Messianic Jewish flavor.
Studying the Bible from its original cultural setting brings details of biblical accounts to life that enrich and expand our understanding. The Bible goes from being a dull book of black letters on white thin pages to a life-giving connected story full of action and color.
Our founding verse is: “For He is our shalom [peace], the One who made the two into one” (Ephesians 2:14 TLV). Therefore, we want to help both Jews and Gentiles understand and receive the Gospel message of Jesus, and enjoy a safe place where both fellowship together.
We believe part of our calling includes helping bring a balance of Jewish roots understanding in the body of Christ.
That is, help Gentiles embrace the Jewishness of the Christian faith without falling off the deep end becoming legalistic or worse denying Jesus, and help Jewish people find Yeshua without severing their Jewish identity.
Staying in the middle of the road adopting life-giving observances brings a beautiful balance that enriches our personal experience with God and each other.
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 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 friendships with the Jewish community.
Because our Savior gave us the task to: “Go and make disciples” (Matt. 28:19-20), we love making disciples that in turn make disciples.
We disciple, develop and equip people relationally in small groups.
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 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.
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 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.