In an ever changing culture, it is important to understand that God has timeless directives for living in His grace that are specific for individuals, but are intended to be implemented without being legalistic or judgmental of others. Because we fully endorse the concept of holy living, we regularly emphasizes the following guidelines for living a holy life:
Biblical Mandates – scriptural commands that apply to all believers, in all places, cultures and ages. These are the non negotiable commands of God that are clear cut and recorded in His Word.
Personal Convictions – commands of God given to an individual that He personally requires. These commands are specific to an individual and are not applicable to everyone. Each believer should develop a specific list of convictions in the many and varied areas of living that aren’t covered specifically in scripture. Personal convictions are an individual application of general scriptural concepts. Once a person has developed a conviction, it becomes a mandate, but is not applicable to others.
Family Standards – as authority is given to the leaders of families to determine direction for those in families, it is scriptural for those leaders to develop “family convictions” that are applied to the entire group. This applies to families, groups, ministries and churches.
We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the accepted canon of the Scriptures as originally given (II Timothy 3:16; I Corinthians 2:13).
We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible (Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14).
We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; man’s total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness (Romans 5:12, 18).
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, very God and very man (Luke 1:26-35; John 1:18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6).
We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Romans 4:25).
We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for the Church (John 14:2-3; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 9:12; Romans 5:11).
We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:36-39; 19:1-6).
We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit as an experience subsequent to salvation and a distinct aspect of the Christian foundational experience (Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 19:6)
We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14, manifested in the Early Church.
We believe in the Spirit-filled life, a life of separation from the world and perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith (Ephesians 5:18; II Corinthians 6:14; 7:1).
We believe in the healing of the body by divine power, or divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church (Acts 4:30; Romans 8:11; I Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14).
We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord's Supper, for believers (I Corinthians 11:23-32).
We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24; 3:16) and eternal punishment for unbelievers (Mark 9:43-48; II Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 20:10-15).
We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and eternal judgment of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10-15).
The first gathering of Elevate Church in Vancouver took place on Sunday May 8 2011 at Chinook Elementary, and continues to develop and mature to this day. Elevate is an incorporated non-profit in the State of Washington. It has articles of incorporation and a governing set of by-laws and policy that are available upon request.
Affiliation - Elevate is a non-denominational church, but is not independent in mindset or accountability. Pastor’s within the local church are affiliated with Minister’s Fellowship International, an organization that has similar doctrine, culture and vision. We believe that this affiliation enhances the Kingdom effectiveness for all.
Leadership – Elevate Church is led by Elders, Staff and a Leadership Team
Elders – no less than three men, nominated by the pastor, approved by current eldership and ordained before the local congregation subsequent to receiving the appropriate training. These individuals serve in specific pastoral/leadership capacities over the body and are invited to serve as long as they meet the requirements of said position. (Steve Parrish, Jeremy Fick, Saxon Williams, Derrill Corbin (proxy Elder))
Staff – hired as needed by the Elders of the local church. The Lead pastor is an Elder and “first among equals” by default. All staff is nominated by the Lead Pastor or Administrative Pastor, approved by the Elders, and ordained before the local congregation (pastoral staff only) (Steve Parrish, Lead Pastor; Page Ackler, Administration)
Leadership Team (ministry team leaders) – nominated by the Lead Pastor or Administrative Pastor, and appointed by the Elders to oversee specific ministries of the local body.
Volunteers – everyone attending Elevate has an appropriate place to serve. Those serving as Staff, Elders or Deacons must be members, with a few exceptions. There is appropriate latitude for non-members to serve as well in less visible roles.
Once a person responds to the invitation to follow Jesus, he is automatically a member of God’s church which is not restricted by race, language or continent. It is important that each believer find a local expression of the church that they can be a part of.
The process of joining the Elevate family is five-fold: 1) become a follower of Jesus Christ; 2) attend e201 Class; 3) complete the Elevate Family Agreement; 4) participate in the Elevate Family Ceremony as scheduled during an upcoming weekend gathering; 5) participation in Elevate Family life.
People Who Should Not Join Elevate Church:
1. those not following Jesus – a person who has yet to respond to Jesus’ invitation to follow should not join a local church because membership in His family begins with that response. Commitment to a local expression of His Family should happen after that decision.
2. members of another church – Jesus made it clear, no one can serve two masters. Certainly, no believer can effectively sit under the authority, teaching, or service of two different churches. Those considering joining Elevate Church with previous membership elsewhere are expected to make the appropriate contact to have their membership transferred, prior to joining Elevate. It is critical to understand that all Biblical churches are part of one Body. While there are legitimate reasons to change churches, a transfer in spiritual leadership and authority is necessary. In changing local church families, the transition must be handled appropriately with all business concluded in a Christ-like way. Individuals with baggage or offense from/at a previous church will be assisted with an appropriate course of change to join Elevate Church.
3. people living in situations clearly contrary to scriptural with no intent to rectify – while all believers are in the process of being transformed into Christ image, there are circumstances in scripture that require a church to discipline a member of the family. While there is certainly grace for all, especially new converts, believers with tenure in their journey will not be permitted to join the church until the rectify those circumstances.
4. people disagreeing with the articulated Mission of Elevate Church, leadership, teachings or personality.
As You Join:
1. Make Your Declaration
a. fill out the information on the provided worksheet covering members information, members agreement, and member’s background check for service. The completed copy of this information serves as your expression to declare Elevate Church as your family.
b. plan to participate in our upcoming “Welcome To Elevate” service
2. Participate In Family Life
a. be there – be a part of scheduled activities, especially in our Weekend Gatherings
b. develop relationships – you are no longer a visitor, so act like you own the place, because you do. Get to know others. Break bread together. Plug into a small group. Welcome new-comers and help them to make this their family.
c. find your place to serve – now that you are a member and you have filled out a background check, you have a green light to getting plugged into serving in any capacity. Be sure to visit volunteer page on our website. If you have no clear direction as to where you should serve, be sure to ask and we can direct you to the areas of greatest need.
d. carry your portion of the financial load – God has an age old method for seeing the Kingdom of God advance called tithing. Tithing (giving of the first 10% of your income on a regular basis) is an act of obedience to God’s Word; a declaration that you recognize that He is ultimately the one who gave you the ability to get income; a statement of faith that He will stretch what remains farther than it would ever have gone without giving in the first place; it demonstrates a commitment to and a personal ownership of the local church; it demonstrates a passion to see God’s Kingdom expand.
e. engage the elevate Church Mission – as part of the family, you become a part of the team and the team has a mission. Let’s experience success together
What is “The Church”?
Matthew 16:18 …on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
ekklēsia - ek-klay-see'-ah - a calling out, a popular meeting, a religious congregation, Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or earth
Simply stated, it is the family of those who follow Jesus, who come together regularly on a local level for the purpose of glorifying God, worshipping together, prayer, sharing the sacraments, instruction, service, growth and evangelism.
Initial Account - Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
A Local Expression - 1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house. (see also Rev 2-3 and most of Pauline epistles)
Gathered Regularly - Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Christ the Head - Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Ephesians 5:24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Appointed Leadership – 1 Tim 3:1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap. 8Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
Healthy Submission For Growth - Hebrews 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. 1 Corinthians 5:4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord. 9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”
Connected for Maturity and Function - Ephesians 4:11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Perfected As A Group - Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.