OUR VISION & VALUES
The Parish is a congregation of broken people, learning to walk in the Way of Jesus and live in the “unforced rhythms” of God’s grace. Our vision is to see local communities transformed by Christ and empowered to be his church. This happens through our three guiding values:
Community – “Our vision is to see local communities…”
In the midst of an isolated and divided culture, The Parish is a place to belong and be known. As we engage in authentic, meaningful relationship with one another, we reflect the community of the Trinity and embody the life Jesus modeled. At The Parish, we create space for community to develop through our monthly Table Group gatherings.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Formation – “…transformed by Christ…”
In the journey of formation, the Holy Spirit gradually molds our lives into the likeness of Jesus. Over time, we learn to be still, listen, and follow the voice of God in every area of life. This life-long process of growth is not an optional “add on” for Christians, but is an essential journey for all who follow in the way of Jesus. At The Parish, we pursue Formation through our weekly Worship Services, seasonal Parish Classes, and through embracing the ancient disciplines of the Church.
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
Mission – “…and empowered to be His church.”
The Parish is not simply a place to “go to” church, but a people empowered to be the Church. Through the power and gifting of the Holy Spirit, each of us plays an important role in seeing the kingdom of God come to life in the place where we live. Everywhere we walk, we desire to bring God’s goodness, truth and beauty. Through Parish 101, Volunteer opportunities, and Mission teams, we discover our personal gifting and find ways to express those gifts in the world around us.
“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7
Although The Parish is a fresh expression of the local church, we are rooted in the rich history and tradition of the Anglican Church. Including over 80 million members worldwide, the Anglican Church is patterned after the faith and practice of the first century church. Our liturgy (worship structure) strikes a unique balance between the tradition of the ancient Church, the theology of the Reformation, and the present work of the Holy Spirit. We are a member church in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), belonging to the diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (C4SO) led by our Bishop Todd Hunter.
Eddie is an ordained priest and the head pastor at The Parish. He most recently served for five years on staff at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia and has worked nationally as a worship leader and recording artist. He and his wife Danielle have been married for over ten years and are the parents of four beautiful children, Jude, Emmeline, Hollis and Lucy. Forever a nerd at heart, he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Eddie is an active Crossfitter, and die-hard fan of the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Contact Eddie.