At the core of our cooperative are three values: Covenant, Commitment, & Commission.
3Strand churches covenant together in solemn agreement. This covenant defines our relationship and helps to guide our shared decision-making. By covenant then, we unify around a common identity, common belief, a common mission, and a common philosophy of ministry. This commitment binds the elders of member churches together in a mutually accountable relationship characterized by loyalty, courage, respect, humility, and forgiveness.
3Strand churches work to build gospel community in and between their churches. This is an intentional effort to emphasize the existence and glory of the larger Church family outside of our own individual churches. Gospel Community is accomplished through cooperation in joint events, conferences, retreats, and other activities. Our goal is to model a mutual dependence upon on “one another” as church families in the same way we are commanded to do as individual brothers.
3Strand churches go on Jesus' mission together by developing leaders, sending missionaries, and planting churches. The membership of 3Strand, representing our respective elder boards and churches, serve as a regional team similar to what we find in the book of Acts. This team exists to affirm the local church as the initiating, commissioning, and sending authority for mission.