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, and Cambridge. We're excited about Jesus and what He 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 Vision

To see God transforming every neighborhood and institution in Greater Boston through locally-focused congregations who live and love in such a compelling and Christ-like way that our neighbors are challenged to seriously consider the claims of Christ, be reconciled to God, engage in Christian community, and serve others in the unique ways God designed them to, so that Boston becomes a “city on a hill” that will be a blessing to the world.


Our Mission

Everything we do at Highrock is driven by our mission to cultivate a loving Christian community through which sinners are transformed individually and collectively into the Body of Christ by connecting with God Personally, with God's People, and with God's Purposes.

 

Our Values

Grace Ephesians 2:8-9

God's grace is the sole basis of our salvation in this life and the next, leaving no room for shame, fear, boasting, or condemnation. We are all sinners who fall short of God’s intended design for us. Therefore, we strive for Highrock to be a place of safety for anyone and everyone who walks through our doors.

Evangelism 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

We are compelled by Christ's compassion and commands to share the Good News about God's love for sinners, which is most clearly evident in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and His invitation to reconciliation and new life that is only available through Christ. We do this through word and deed in ways that are proactive, practical, personal, prayerful, relevant, and respectful, and long to reach those who are estranged from God and His body on earth, the Church.

Community John 13:34-35

Though sin has isolated us, every individual is invited to be reconciled at once to God and to God's family on earth, which is the Church. God Himself is community: Father, Son, and Spirit, and we cannot have fellowship with, fully experience or reflect our Lord to the world unless we are in committed community with all who belong to Him. God saves us to and through Christian community.

Ministry Romans 12:4-5 & Ephesians 2:10

Just as Jesus was during the incarnation, so we are the body of Christ, sent by God to suffer passionately for the salvation of the world. God created and called each of us to join Him as He continues His work of creation and redemption through us. Salvation includes restoration to our true purpose, and our lives become meaningful as we serve according to the gifts God has given us. The church is not a corporation that ministers to the members, but members ministering to God and others, both in and out of the congregation, in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. By giving our lives in ministry that gives life to others, we will find true life ourselves.

Relevance 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

The task of local congregations in every age and every culture is to offer the unchanging Gospel in ways that are attractive and accessible, and allow people to respond to the whole truth of God's transforming love for sinners. Because culture is constantly changing, the Church must constantly contextualize God's Good News for the people they have been called to serve. For this reason, rather than looking for the "best" church model, we realize that all areas of our congregational life will have to be subject to reconsideration in order to continue reaching contemporary people with God's timeless truth. Therefore, we commit ourselves to careful but continual creativity, prayerful innovation, theological reflection, cultural sensitivity, and listening to God at each step.


Our Logo

The combination of a house, an upwardly directed arrow, and a starburst, our logo is representative of the three core aspects of what we are all about: Transformation through connecting to God personally, connecting to God's people, and connecting to God's purposes.