God invites us individually and together in community to play our part in God’s expansive story of restoration.

We believe that, by definition, the church is the group of people who embrace this invitation and partner with God in this restorative movement. What are we called to do? From Jesus’ perspective, there are really only two things:

1. Love God.

2. Love people.

So what might a community built on a foundation of love for God and love for people look like? At The Story, Micah 6:8 provides our community’s rallying cry:

do justice.

  • Justice is the work of pursuing restoration for all that is broken in our world. Jesus’ resurrection promises that death does not get the last word; that healing awaits even our deepest pain; that whatever is broken now will be restored; and that self-giving love wins the day. It’s simply our job to make room for God to do more of that.

    (1 Corinthians 15:20-28; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Genesis 1:28, 2:15; Revelation 21:3-4, 22:3; Romans 8:18-22)


love mercy.

  • Mercy calls us to be a reconciling community. Jesus’ primary prayer for those who follow him is that they be united in love. Human relationships are full of brokenness, but God desires a people who relate in a way that shows how love and mercy can lead the way. Reconciliation is at the forefront of God’s work in our world.

    (Matthew 5:23-24; John 17:21; 2 Corinthians 5:18; 1 John 3:16-18, 4:7-21)


walk humbly.

  • Humbly walking out our faith is a must. We aren’t defined by the rightness of our beliefs but by the beauty of who Jesus is. We are all on a journey where we bring our brokenness into our relationships with Jesus and with others, so we recognize the need for great humility, authenticity and grace in this pursuit.

    (Philippians 3:8; Micah 6:8; James 4:6-10; Matthew 5:3-10; John 13:14-16; Luke 14:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Hebrews 12:2; Colossians 1:15-20)