Our Purpose

Our Purpose

Why Do We Exist?

Every church needs to answer that question. At Emmanuel, we filter every idea, program, ministry and budget request through our purpose statement. If what we plan, doesn’t help us meet our purpose, then we won’t do it.

Our purpose at Emmanuel is:

To glorify God by helping people know, grow, and go with God!

Our vision is to impact the south central Pa./north Maryland region as an ever-expanding community of faithful Christ followers, with passionate hearts for Kingdom expansion through intentional multiplication of strong leaders and healthy, organic churches.


Some of the Values that are important to Emmanuel:

People: God loves people, so we actively seek people so He can initiate a life transforming relationship.

Leadership: Growing servants with proven character and Godly wisdom influencing others through inspiration, generated by a passion, drawn by a vision.

Discipleship: We believe discipleship is an organic structure where spiritual maturity occurs.  The fruit of spiritual maturity is seen in lives and ministry.

Community: Nurturing an authentic Kingdom community of faith that emphasizes “we” verses “me”.  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34

Generosity: God has entrusted us with time, talents and treasures and we invest them for His purpose.

Advancement:  We measure growth by our capacity to release rather than our capacity to retain.  We expect to change the world, beginning with our communities.

The Body of Christ: Developing alliances and cooperative relationships with other congregations and ministries is a high priority. God gives unique calls to local congregations, but reaches the world through His one united church.