To grow closer to God and encourage others to do the same.
HTC is a Christ-centered community, we are a safe place where people of all backgrounds and beliefs can gather to discuss Jesus and explore life. Our vision is founded upon seven core values that we have called pillars.
Proverbs 9:1 – Wisdom has built her house she has set up its seven pillars.
Pillars of HTC
Our vision is to cultivate an expressive culture of true worship.
We believe that we were created to worship. We love to come into God’s presence and praise Him for everything that He is, and we want to share that joy with others.
We believe that music is a God-given gift that helps us to worship.
We are passionate about the transformative experience of God’s intimate presence that Spirit inspired music can help us to appreciate. We aim to enable those experiences for everyone who joins us in worship.
We also believe that intentionally taking time and making space to worship God is critical and that music is a powerful way to appreciate and focus on the truths of God’s grace and nearness. We believe that a common love for God can connect and unite a diverse group of people, churches and denominations, and we see worship as a way to forge those connections.
"...God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
Presence of God
growing in receptivity to the Spirit of God and his power and love at work in our hearts during worship.
singing timeless truths that affirm God’s unchanging character and heart for us
building a close knit, devoted community of worshippers including musicians, technicians and artists to support and lead times of praise and thanksgiving.
Worship Across Generations
developing a worship culture for all, beginning with the children’s ministry through to the oldest members of HTC.
investing in the talents and hearts of musicians and worship leaders in the HTC community and beyond through prayer, teaching and discipling.
writing and recording original music that develops out of our community’s growing heart for God, demonstrated through HTC Music.
expecting to see hearts and lives changed and healed in the presence of God during worship whilst we progress and grow in our understanding and experience of being able to worship God entering into the ‘most Holy place’.
Pillars of HTC
II. Church Family
Our vision is that everyone of all ages and backgrounds feels at home at HTC and finds a place to belong and grow in Christ.
Welcome and warmth are key to our culture of authenticity and hospitality. We look to create a community where every member and every visitor knows and feels they are important. We rely on the participation of the whole church to intentionally engage with one another. HTC lives out what it means to be the family of God by building positive relationships, providing supporting through life’s challenges and celebrating life’s joys. We seek to continually encourage one another to grow closer to Christ.
"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, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."
creating a culture and environment that makes church easily accessible. Conscientiously hosting and welcoming people with warmth, authenticity and grace.
ensuring that members of HTC can be discipled and grow more into the likeness of Christ.
providing home groups that meet the needs of the church and create community.
providing courses to strengthen marriages and families as well as multiple demographics in our community.
hosting events that birth and nurture friendships and faith within the church.
ensuring clear messaging, signage and advertising for all events to keep the community informed and involved and drawing others in.
maintaining and developing an exceptional TK program with in-depth curriculum that meets the needs of kids aged 0 to 5th grade: to know that God loves them, to form friendships, and to learn that God loves everyone around them.
meeting the specific needs of the children in 6th-8th grade: stable friendships, exposure to a relevant presentation of the gospel, and a strong sense of secure identity to prepare them for high school.
Trinity High School
enhancing and expanding the program to reach out to the youth in high schools in our area and to meet the needs of those in our congregation: a stable group of friends, solid teaching of the Bible, and engaging opportunities to explore life and faith adventurously in a safe and fun environment.
developing a program for local college students that serves them and welcomes them into the life of HTC.
hosting services with inspired content that engages people of all ages and backgrounds.
Pillars of HTC
Our vision is to live generously as a community, giving away all that God has given to us.
We aim to keep the gospel as the main message at the heart of the church. We are conscious that our framing of the gospel should stay current and engaging, for all generations – with special emphasis on young people. We are a church focused on reaching the un-churched and de-churched. Each member of HTC should be equipped to reach out to people in their sphere of influence. As our community grows, we expect to plant new churches to expand our reach into neighboring communities.
"But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
2 Corinthians 8:7
nurturing generosity as a cultural norm at HTC, through teaching, outreach opportunities, and corporate acts of giving. At HTC it should be obvious that we live with a mindset that believes in investing in the Kingdom of God.
encouraging individuals within the church to continually look outward to the needs of others and give with compassion. Sharing our financial resources and our talents, aiming to share our lives with others.
Broader Church Family
developing a community at HTC that shares with neighboring churches and serves other people knowing the Lord’s heart for unity.
maintaining a heart and effective means to give away the blessings we’ve received such as Alpha, HTC Music, Life Courses and all other gifts to all who have the need or desire to receive.
Pillars of HTC
Our vision is to communicate the truth of God’s love, drawing people into the full life that Christ offers.
We aim to keep the gospel the main priority at the center of the church.
We are conscious that our framing of the gospel should stay current and engaging, for all generations — with special emphasis on young people.
We are a church focused on reaching the un-churched and the de-churched. As our community grows, we expect to plant new churches to expand our reach.
"He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.
encouraging individuals to have respectful and challenging conversations around personal faith.
revitalizing the expression of evangelism in our local area.
DC Metro Area
building and developing evangelistic tools and strategies that expand HTC’s reach and unite churches across the region.
supporting Alpha USA, particularly with conferences and activities on the East Coast.
creating and promoting excellent online and digital tools to message and communicate the good news.
Pillars of HTC
Our vision is that every member of HTC will grow in seeking and receiving from the Lord in prayer.
We will remain devoted to God in prayer, seeking Him for his will for HTC. We will continually pray for a profound sense of his grace and presence in the life of our church. Our expectation is that God will bring healing and transformation to body, mind and spirit. We also believe that through prayer we will see the renewal of our community, country and beyond. We are motivated to ensure that every facet of the church is founded securely in prayer.
"My house will be called a house of prayer..."
to create space and opportunity for people to grow and be expectant in and through prayer.
to encourage prayer as a foundation in our relationship with God and each other.
to facilitate communal and individual patterns of prayer.
to grow in reverence and affection for God through intimate prayer.
to ensure a greater understanding of the various forms of prayer and prayer ministry.
Pillars of HTC
Our vision is to inspire a hunger for and engagement with the Bible and ultimately with the way, the truth and the life.
We aim to continually draw each other back to the Bible, encouraging an engagement with the way, the truth and the life, and knowing more of the Lord and his voice. We seek to be inspired by the living Word. Biblical values are at our core. We read scripture together by the Holy Spirit, in the light of God’s grace, using exposition, humor and pertinent stories to illustrate how supremely relevant and applicable the Word of God is today.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God...”
building a community that promotes the Bible as the truth that is relevant and impactful.
inspiring individuals to read and meditate on God’s word, incorporating it into their daily lives.
drawing together smaller HTC gatherings in homes, coffee shops, and local venues. As well as hosting men’s and women’s events and age specific children’s programs that talk about the Bible in a pertinent and devoted way.
developing inspired sermons and talks that are infused with God’s truth and his word.
raising up speakers and teachers that can communicate the grace of God and his message of freedom and challenge in an authentic and revelatory way.
Pillars of HTC
VII. Community Outreach
Our vision is to love and bless those in need who are close to HTC, in the DC metro area and beyond to the rest of the world through partnerships with like minded and effective charities.
At HTC, worship is a way of life and will involve serving others, including the poor and the vulnerable. We believe that through reaching out and serving others we are serving the Lord. We want to be ‘good news’ and a blessing in every way to people from all walks of life. We especially want to be a blessing to the poor, lonely and marginalized, and to bring hope to the hopeless.
"...But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
VII. Community Outreach
developing a culture of generosity and service that responds to the imperatives that Christ has given us. Our vision is to involve all age groups providing opportunities to be generous with time and talents as well with finances.
acting with prayerful wisdom to serve and meet local, neighboring and national needs as opportunity arises, showing our faith is living and followed by actions.
partnering with local and global charities and will raise funds for individual events and opportunities as they arise.
(Jerusalem) aiming to be a blessing to meet local needs.
(Judea and Samaria) aiming to extend HTC’s reach out beyond to neighboring regions.
(ends of the earth) working with international relief organizations.