About Our Mission

Shepherd’s Heart exists to seek the lost and strengthen the found.

About Our Mission 1

Our Mission

Our mission is to seek the lost and strengthen the found with the saving and redemptive message of God’s love to those in our communities, one touch at a time, however that may be. There is no greater call on our time, no better use of our tongue, than to be conversing about the love that God lavishes on our broken lives.

Our Vision

We will accomplish our mission through a variety of local feeding events, service projects and online resources (blogs, podcasts and videos).

Our Values

  • Building Relationships
  • Teaching the Word of God
  • Demonstrating the Love of God
  • Supporting the Local Church
We believe in the primary call upon our life to be loving people, and loving God just as we put one foot in front of the other. Left foot, right foot – loving people, loving God. We recognize that the organized church can only be so effective with it’s large number of weekly responsibilities and tight budgets, and there are some who will never be regular “Sunday” church attenders. So we intentionally reach out to anyone who desires to pursue the God of the Trinity in different fashions, venues, and contexts, and we thereby strengthen and support the churches of our communities.
We exist to build the Kingdom of God by the building of integrity and purpose in the individual person. We do this by facilitating relationships, teaching the Word of God, demonstrating the Love of God, and all the while supporting the local church. Our efforts are successful as we support the local church bodies around our communities, building Christ followers one at a time through a host of missional activities.

Our Values

  • Building Relationships
  • Teaching the Word of God
  • Demonstrating the Love of God
  • Supporting the Local Church

Building Relationships

We were made for relationship. Relationship with God and man. We cannot build relationships while making no effort to engage with others. The second greatest commandment is described by Jesus as, “loving your neighbor as yourself.” To love someone that intimately, you have to get to know them. We take the position that we can’t love each other deeply if we don’t take the time to get to know each other. So we make an effort to spend time with each other around a table, perhaps in a campground, or in our homes. Eating together is foundational to this value of building relationships. We really do need each other. We need to get to know each other. To understand each other, and ultimately show love to each other. We see Shepherd’s Heart as a facilitator for relationship building, and eating together is our core model. We are one spoke in the wheel of development that comes as a part of Kingdom building. Our slogan for After Hours says we are helping men to develop in integrity and purpose. Because we employ the teaching of the word, and eating around a table as we get to know each other, we are able to be a part of growing people up into a deeper faith-walk. We see the value of many connecting circles where men and women can interact with each other around the centerpiece of growth – fellowship and learning.

Teaching the Word of God

There is no substitute for the word of God. says, “the Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing, my Words are spirit, and they are life.”  The Spirit of God lives and breathes through God’s word. Yet the word seems to have been forgotten, and at best put on the shelf.  Our messages are often topical and well-meaning, but lack the verse by verse teaching wherein lies the very breath of life.  So the teaching of the word, and our focus on its life-changing transformative power is the baseline motivation of our gatherings.

Demonstrating the Love of God

The book of James says, “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless”. From the first documented moments of the apostolic church in the book of Acts, after which the apostles and disciples had received the power of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses, the Church found herself ministering to the local physical needs of people in need. We see this in the widows’ bread line in Acts 6 which was such a large ministry it necessitated the appointment of seven wise and capable men to administrate it (the Church’s first deacons). And finally, Jesus himself said the famous words, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”. So love in action, a demonstration of the Love of God through humble, common, acts of kindness to the poor in our communities, is core to our mission.

Supporting the Local Church

After Hours, Words for Wives, joint events, campouts, and a myriad of other activities – Christ is at the center as we build up everyday people as they explore a relationship with Jesus Christ. With the involvement of local pastors and leaders, we interact and create a space for those that may not yet see themselves as churchgoers. We value the local church, and its place in our communities. Shepherd’s Heart leadership is actively involved with different churches around the valley. We recognize that some folks will never be regular weekend church attenders, but enjoy other events where they can explore the life of Jesus and his relevance. We respect the personal choice of anyone who has not found a comfort zone in a local church to this point, yet avails themselves to an open discussion about God at work in the lives of those around them. Together, we nurture each other along the spectrum of faith. We are able to do this both inside and outside of the local church as we know it.
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