Our Core Values
We strive to help people be with Jesus, think like Jesus and love like Jesus.
We seek to live generously, using our time, skills and resources to bless and serve our community and to live as the hands and feet of Jesus.
We work to equip people to discover their own convictions, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We are a bunch of misfits, bound together by the love and grace of God made known to us through Jesus.
We engage in government and politics while remaining untethered to any political party, striving to live first as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God.
What we believe
Christians throughout the ages have held a wide variety of beliefs, perspectives, and convictions. DSBC is a community made up of many different convictions, backgrounds, and opinions. We firmly believe that Jesus is at the center of all things (Colossians 1:15).
Rupertus Meldenius, a 17th century theologian, once wrote on Christian unity. His thoughts express our posture well:
In essentials, unity;
in non-essentials, liberty;
in all things, charity.
The following statement is our current understanding of the ”essentials” of “the Way” as Luke refers to Christianity in the book of Acts, and as such, is core to understanding what God is doing.
In the Beginning…
God eternally exists as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit created the heavens and the earth.
God formed humans in his image.
In God’s overwhelming love, he created humans in the image and likeness of God, each having inherent dignity, worth, and purpose. God, desiring to live with humanity, formed a garden paradise, a place of peace, justice, beauty, and love. He offered eternal life with him and called humans, his ‘image bearers,’ to be like him and be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and work it.
Humans rebelled against God.
Though made in God’s image, humanity rebelled against God, each turning to their own way. Humanity sinned against God. Sin begets evil and death. Humanity is still hiding from God and our rebellion leads to evil and death.
Jesus, the turning point of the story
God became human.
Jesus, God the son, fully divine, became fully human and was born of the virgin Mary. He proclaimed that the Kingdom of God had arrived in him, and called all people to turn from sin and turn to him. Though sinless and innocent, he was crucified on a cross, died, and was buried.
Jesus conquered evil and death.
Jesus did not stay dead. He resurrected, rising from the grave. After appearing to many of his followers he ascended into heaven where he now sits at God’s right hand. He is ruler over all powers, living, active and present with us now, serving as a high priest and advocate.
Through his death and resurrection, Jesus freed all people from the power of evil and death. One day, he will return and reunite heaven and earth, like the garden paradise mentioned above. All who follow Jesus will live forever with Him in a world of peace, justice, beauty, and love.
Jesus continues his work
Jesus formed the Church.
As we await the return of Jesus, we live in unity with one another as his church, ‘the body of Christ.’ The Church is composed of all believers. Each local church is an expression of this one Church, and is called to live the values of the Kingdom of God ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’
The Holy Spirit empowers the Church.
The Holy Spirit is eternal, continually drawing people to God. Being filled by the Holy Spirit, believers are encouraged, transformed to be like Jesus, convicted of sin, and given spiritual gifts to be used in the service of others.
Scripture guides the Church
The scriptures are breathed out by God (inspired) and testify to the things mentioned above. They are given to us by God so that through them we might find a Jesus-centered wisdom for our lives today. The scripture, not the opinion of a religious leader, serves as the final word on matters of faith and practice.
The scriptures do not prescribe a certain model of leadership within the local church. Today, there are many different styles of church leadership.
However, we do find in scripture that Jesus gives gifts to people and calls some to serve according their gifting.
‘And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son, growing into maturity with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness. ‘
At DSBC, we have a three-fold model that seeks to distribute responsibility to specific groups of leaders based on skillset, gifting and calling.
For a list of our current leaders, visit dsbc.church/leadership
Board of Directors
Composition & Format
Elders, Pastors & Deacons serve as board members and meet according to our Bylaws.
- Human Resources
- Staff Health
- Bylaws, Policies & Procedures
- Financial Oversight
- Real Property
Council of Servant Leaders
Composition & Format
Elders, Pastors, Ministers & Deacons meet monthly for informal meetings.
- Spiritual Health
- Doctrinal Integrity
- Prayer and care for the church
Pastors, Ministers and Administrators
- Vision & direction,
- Ministry planning & programming,
- Maintaining the budget & resources
Note: The Lead Pastor is a ‘member at large’ of the Board of Directors and the Council of Servant Leaders.