What God is doing in and with StoryHeights is nothing short of a miracle. The only explanation is God’s faithfulness to a group of people who had the foolish faith to follow God to New England when others said church planting in New England was unwise and too hard. We’re in the habit of telling and retelling our story to everyone who comes in contact with our church. And in order to preserve our original storyline, we’ve developed 15 points that ensure our story unfolds with the author’s original vision.
We call it our plot.
WE KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING
This Church revolves around, exists for, and worships no one else besides Jesus Christ. Everything we do must make Him famous.
WE PUT GOD FIRST
God’s house, God’s heart, and God’s ways are more important than our schedules, preferences, and concerns, and we will live and make decisions in such a way that honors God as first place in our lives.
WE TELL THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
We will keep the story of Jesus Christ central and simple in all we do, refusing to dilute His story with religious ego and religious duty. We will use our platform for proclaiming salvation through Jesus and not for condemning others.
WE ACT IN FOOLISH FAITH
In order to saturate a city with the gospel of Jesus, we can’t think small. We will set impossible goals, take bold steps of faith, and watch God move even if considered foolish to some.
WE LOVE PEOPLE
Because people matter to God, we will love people even at their worst. We will hold to God’s truth in love, but we will be known for what we’re for and not for what we’re against.
WE CATCH FISH, NOT FATTEN SHEEP
We will not cater to personal preference in our mission to reach this city. We preach, teach, and disciple for the purpose of going after the lost. Obtaining spiritual growth and biblical knowledge serves to fuel our passion to reach out to people who need Jesus. We fill up so that we can be poured out.
WE GIVE SACRIFICIALLY AND GENEROUSLY
Our church will go over-and-above to give sacrificially and generously to the work of God in our city.
WE ARE NOT AN INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING, BUT OF HIGHER YEARNING
We are intentionally simple in our teaching, reaching the one who feels forgotten or abandoned, but we refuse to water down God's Word. We will not fluff our teaching in order to impress or tickle ears, but we will give people the truth of God’s Word in order to whet their appetite so they’ll yearn for more of Him every single day.
WE'RE A HOSPITAL FOR THE HURTING, NOT A SOCIAL CLUB FOR THE RELIGIOUS.
We will stop our lives to help people, even if means inconvenience and getting nothing back in return. We serve by meeting practical needs in practical ways, showing the practical love of a God who cares about the broken, forgotten, and hurting. We ask God for the one nobody wants, and we will show the love of Jesus, not just preach about it. We will not cater to the religiously prideful and those who serve with their own hidden agendas. We do whatever it takes to see lives healed and restored and connected to God's story.
WE ARE UNITED UNDER ONE VISION
StoryHeights is built on the vision God gave Pastors Tyler and Crystal Tullos. We aggressively defend our unity and that vision, and operate submitted to one another under Godly authority and in reverence to God.
WE AIM FOR EXCELLENCE
Because we believe God and people deserve the best, “good enough” will never be good enough. We place a high value on creating excellent environments that boldly celebrate Jesus and connect people to His story.
WE WILL MEND OUR NETS
We will continually look for holes within our structure in order to increase our capacity to care well for people. We won’t settle with what we have, but will always be looking for ways to move forward, striving to reach more people.
WE WILL CONTRIBUTE WHILE CONSUMING
These are not the days to sit idly and “play church.” We will be the church. In our church, we love and care for those within, and are unapologetic in encouraging everyone to contribute their time, talent, touch, and treasure to reach those outside.
WE WILL ENGAGE WITH EVERY CHAPTER
We will embrace every moment and refuse to take for granted what God is doing in our midst by honoring and stewarding every chapter of our story well. We will make the most out of every penny, every resource, every building, every person. Every ONE matters.
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR FRIEND AND HE IS NOT WEIRD
We believe in all three persons of the Trinity, including the person of the Holy Spirit. We believe Holy Spirit is a person, not a thing, and has existed in the community with God, the Father, and Jesus the Son from the beginning, to empower every believer to live victoriously and righteously on Earth. We will allow the spirit of God room to make him known on the earth to those around us in need of the tangible presence of God. We do not put Holy Spirit in a cage, nor do we put him on the stage because He is our friend and He is not weird.