our convictions

The gospel is central


The Apostles Creed is foundational


The Anabaptist Core Convictions are formational.


These convictions have helped form a framework for how we believe the gospel, belong to one another, and bless the world. When we discovered the convictions outlined by the Anabaptist Network in the UK, we felt as though we were looking into a mirror. These statements articulate the kind of theological distinctions that have grown from our life of following Jesus together for his kingdom in our neighborhoods.


We are a non-denominational church, governed by our own leadership and do not formally belong to any Christian denomination or organization — the Anabaptist Network included. We find their convictions helpful in identifying the kind of thinking, teaching, and practice you'll find at The Neighborhood Church.


For more information about these convictions, click here or listen to a sermon series that explores each conviction with regard to Anabaptist history, our theology and practice. For a great introduction into these convictions and Anabaptism, we recommend The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray.

  • 1. WE'RE ALL ABOUT JESUS

    Jesus is our example, teacher, friend, redeemer, and Lord. He is the source of our life, the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, for our understanding of church, and our engagement with society. We are committed to follow Jesus and to worship him.

  • 2. wE'RE JESUS-CENTERED BIBLE READERS

    Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus-centered approach to the Bible, and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship.

  • 3. WE'RE CALLED TO BE DISTINCT

    Western culture is slowly emerging from the Christendom era when church and state jointly presided over a society in which almost all were assumed to be Christian. Whatever its positive contributions on values and institutions, Christendom seriously distorted the gospel, marginalized Jesus, and has left the churches ill-equipped for mission in a post-Christendom culture. As we reflect on this, we are committed to learning from the experience and perspectives of movements such as Anabaptism that rejected standard Christendom assumptions and pursued alternative ways of thinking and behaving.

  • 4. WE'RE CALLED TO SERVE THE LEAST

    The frequent association of the church with status, wealth, and force is inappropriate for followers of Jesus and damages our witness. We are committed to exploring ways of being good news to the poor, powerless, and persecuted, aware that such discipleship may attract opposition, resulting in suffering and sometimes ultimately martyrdom.

  • 5. WE'RE CALLED TO BE A COMMUNITY OF DISCIPLES

    Churches are called to be committed communities of discipleship and mission, places of friendship, mutual accountability, and multi-voiced worship. As we eat together, sharing bread and wine, we sustain hope as we seek God’s kingdom together. We are committed to nurturing and developing such churches, in which young and old are valued, leadership is consultative, roles are related to gifts rather than gender and baptism is for believers.

  • 6. WE'RE CALLED TO SIMPLICITy, GENEROSITY & JUSTICE

    Spirituality and economics are inter-connected. In an individualist and consumerist culture and in a world where economic injustice is rife, we are committed to finding ways of living simply, sharing generously, caring for creation, and working for justice.

  • 7. WE'RE CALLED TO BE PEACEMAKERS

    Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society, and between nations.