What is SALT?
SALT is the college ministry of Mercer Creek Church.
We are focused on building a community for all students no matter their backgrounds, beliefs, or orientations. Our motto "You don't have to believe to belong" is encompassed with this goal. We believe Jesus did not come to simply reward, protect, or love those who were "good people" but for all people (Luke 19:10). SALT fights to emulate this today.
At SALT we strive to create an enivronment that is welcoming and engaging. To do this we focus on three main values:
Fierce Conversations: Jesus never shied away from tough conversations and we challenge students not to either, but we do so from a position of humility, compassion, and courage. We as Christ-followers engage in “fierce conversations” because we care and because God has first cared for us. We don’t do it from a place of judgment or arrogance. In this way we must allow others to have “fierce” conversations” with us and we must remain committed and loving to those we have “fierce conversations” with, irrespective of the outcome of conversation. (Hebrews 3:13)
Redemptive Vulnerability: God works strongly when we are at the end of ourselves. Redemptive Vulnerability is the willingness to proactively share struggles relating to faith and life in community with a heart that desires growth not status quo of the struggle. Redemptive vulnerability acknowledges the fragility of our human condition and the hope we have through God’s grace. (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Sustainable Rythm: Life is busy, which makes it hard to simply maintain sometimes. A “Sustainable Rhythm” is a pace of life that is never headed towards burning out, or is lazy and unproductive. It is the balance between work and rest both born of purpose, and is full achieved by sacrifice and acknowledging God's sovereignty over life. (Matthew 11:28, 16:24)
Knowing Jesus is simple, following Him can be hard. But Jesus did not die to solidify a set of rules for people to follow in order to be called His own. His grace is freely given and freely received.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast."