Wintonbury seeks to be a place where…
- Everyone feels welcomed and appreciated for who they are.
- People experience a grace-based relationship with God – freed from striving to be good enough for God.
- Hurting, depressed, stressed people find rest, comfort, healing, grace, and transformation.
- People are challenged to live as followers of Jesus, not spectators; ministers, not consumers.
- People are encouraged to follow Jesus through a life of prayerful dependence on God and obedience to His authoritative Word.
- There is genuine care and concern for one another as we pursue healthy, honest, and mutually encouraging relationships (no bad reports).
- Leaders and missionaries are developed from within and released into their Kingdom Calling locally, regionally and globally.
- The power of the gospel of Jesus Christ is flowing holistically through us into the Greater Hartford region according to the vision given to Thomas Hooker in 1635.
- Each member is concerned about the world beyond our borders – praying fervently for those making Jesus Christ known in other lands.
Nurturing a Personal Relationship with God through Jesus Christ
Connecting people with God… We see it as critically important to offer you opportunities to both make your first connections with God, as well as to grow into maturity in your relationship with Him. Sunday messages and multiple small groups are designed to help you know God and grow in your relationship with Him. (Philippians 3:10; John 1:12; Col. 2:6-7)
Mutually Encouraging Relationships
We encourage all of our people to participate regularly in Life Groups, classes, discipleship relationships and other fellowship activities. Our goal is that these be healthy, nurturing friendships in which we encourage one another's spiritual and personal growth. We also believe strongly that every member should strive to avoid negative reports and actively pursue the unity of the Body. (Rom. 12:9-21)
Using Our Talents and Gifts to Serve God and Build Up the Body of Christ
All Christ’s followers have both gifts and talents. We are born with talents, and receive spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit when we receive Christ. Both we and the church are the most healthy and happy when we are using them in ministry. Our desire is to equip you to discover, develop, and utilize your gifts to help build the Body of Christ, either through outreach or ministry to fellow believers. (Rom. 12:1-8)
Leadership Development and Multiplication
Jesus spent quality time developing his twelve disciples and others. If you have leadership gifts and calling, Wintonbury offers the training and support to develop and use those gifts. There are leadership training groups, one-on-one discipling, mentoring and coaching available. (2 Tim. 2:2)
We see ourselves as part of the regional Church of Greater Hartford, and partners in ministry with other evangelical churches. Both pastoral staff and lay leaders actively pursue the development of Christians and churches other than Wintonbury, working together to reach people in this region for Christ, regardless of which church they ultimately attend. (1 Thes. 1:8-10)
Commitment to the Church's Vision
We seek to orient all of our activities around the church's vision (see statement) and to work together as a team under the leadership of our Elders to accomplish our common mission. We believe there is a powerful synergy that takes place when godly people unite together; and we accomplish far more for God when we are united in Him than when people pursue their own desires independently. (Philippians 2:1-2)
We desire to worship God with our whole hearts and with enthusiasm, both together and individually. Worship is not just a call from the people on the platform – it’s God’s call for all of us! Our Sunday worship style is predominantly contemporary, with occasional traditional elements. We encourage people to participate in singing, prayer, and other forms of worship as the outflow of their love for the Lord, both privately and publicly. (Mt 15:8-9; John 4:24; Isa. 26:9)
Genuineness & Authenticity
We desire to be a family in which people can be real and share honestly with one another about themselves. Therefore we are intentionally authentic, natural, informal, accepting and will not take ourselves too seriously. (Acts 2:43-47; 1 Thes. 2:10-11)