Our Story, Vision, & Values

Our Story

Highrock began in 1999 around a dinner table. A small group of believers shared a dream for a church where people of all backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities could encounter Jesus. In time, this small group became a congregation, outgrowing several spaces in Cambridge and Somerville. In the Spring of 2006, Highrock set down roots in Arlington. Today Highrock is a dynamic and diverse spiritual community with congregations worshiping and serving in Arlington, Brookline, Quincy, Salem, Acton, Cambridge, Malden, Haverhill, Needham, and Lexington. We're excited about Jesus and what God can do through the lives of ordinary people. We hope you’ll take the time to get to know us and join in what God is doing at Highrock!

 

Our Mission 

 

Creating Communities that encourage questions & inspire each other to love like Jesus

 

Our Values

 

HOSPITALITY - compelled by God’s love, we remove barriers in order to welcome all people into God’s community  

Mark 2:2-4: They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.

 

HONESTY  - freed from shame by God’s grace, we offer one another truth and our true selves, both our weaknesses and strengths

2 Corinthians 4:5-7: For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 

 

HUMILITY  - awed by God’s grandeur and mystery, we depend on God fully while holding convictions humbly

Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

 

CURIOSITY  - captivated by God’s self-revelation, we seek wisdom by asking questions, wrestling with Scripture, and learning from many voices

Exodus 3:2-3: There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

 

SOLIDARITY  - inspired by the passion of Jesus, we share the burdens of others, and put love into action

Philippians 2:3-8: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!

 

Our Strategy

We live out our mission and develop disciples following a basic map:

Connecting to God personally, God's people, & God's purposes

 

Our Logo

This ministry map is captured in our logo, a combination of an upwardly directed arrow, a house, and a starburst:

 

Our Vision

Each Highrock Church discerns God's specific vision for how to live out the shared Highrock mission in their context and community. Our pastors and church leaders at Highrock Acton spent prayerful time reflecting on where we've been as a church, what God has been doing, and where God is inviting us to grow.

We just realized our "Welcome HOME" campaign, as God led, provided, and empowered a church-wide movement to establish a visible permanent church presence in Acton with the purchase and transformation of our new church property on Great Road in Acton. We believe the next chapter is about "who" God wants us to minister to.

In a time where "normal" ways of doing church and life have been upended, we want to be a church that sees, values, and ministers to "the sojourner." Learn more about what this means by exploring the conceptual map below or watching this video from Pastors Becky and Will: