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Our Story, Mission, & Values

Highrock is a dynamic and diverse spiritual community that worships, serves, eats, and laughs together. We hope our church will be where you, your family, and your friends connect with God.

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. The church continued to multiply, and over the next 12 years, planted churches all over greater Boston, and even in Tokyo! Today Highrock exists as a dynamic and diverse spiritual community with congregations worshiping and serving in several locations across Greater Boston and online. We’re one church, with multiple expressions, excited about what Jesus 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

Everything we do at Highrock is driven by our mission to create communities that encourage questions & inspire each other to love like Jesus. This can be summed up in three simple words:

Community. Curiosity. Compassion.

Our Values

  • Compelled by God’s love, we remove barriers in order to welcome all people into God’s community.

    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 (Mark 2:2-4).

  • Freed from shame by God’s grace, we offer one another truth and our true selves, both our weaknesses and strengths.

    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 (2 Corinthians 4:5-7).

  • Awed by God’s grandeur and mystery, we depend on God fully while holding convictions humbly.

    “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 (Isaiah 55:8-9).

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

    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.” (Exodus 3:2-3)

  • Inspired by the passion of Jesus, we share the burdens of others, and put love into action.

    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! (Philippians 2:3-8)

Our Strategy

  • Continually drawn by God’s love, filled by God’s Spirit, shaped by God’s Word, and attentive to God’s presence, we worship the living God with our hearts, minds, souls, and strength above all else and in all else. This includes practicing praise, prayer, obedience, sacraments, Sabbath, study, service, singing, silence, confession, celebration, fasting, feasting, forgiving, thanksgiving, and seeking God’s presence, power, and purposes in every aspect of our lives.

  • Most of God’s promises are made not to individuals, but to the collective Christian community called the Church, and apply to all who belong to her. In our uniqueness that results from diverse ethnicities, experiences, preferences, and perspectives, we are reconciled in Christ’s one body by a love that compels us to confront, confess, comfort, counsel, and celebrate each other in God’s name so that we might all grow in Christlikeness and reflect Christ to a world that longs to see Him still alive among them. We cannot love God, follow Christ, or fully preach the Gospel if we do not love one another, including our enemies. The primary context for individual spiritual growth and Gospel proclamation is Christian community. Through shared laughter, tears, prayers, experiences, and mutual submission, our relationships will become environments in which mutual dignity is protected, truth is shared, and forgiveness is sought, extended and received, resulting in repentance and reconciliation as we enter into the battle for each other’s souls against the power of sin and death.

  • We continue God’s work of creation and redemption of all creation in our worship, our work, and our relationships as we engage the world as servants of Christ, empowered, energized, and equipped even to suffer for the Gospel so that God’s will “will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven,” and in order to hasten the day when “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the Glory of God the Father.” As the body of Christ, we want God to do through our body the very kinds of things He did through Christ’s body as we imitate our Lord’s passion for the least, the lost, and the left out and the lonely. We have been created and called by God, and we want to use “whatever gifts we have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” We pray for and invite those who are estranged from our Savior and His Church to experience His Spirit alive in our community. Seeing our love for them and one another that transcends our differences and sins, they will get to taste of our Lord’s own love, and long to enter into community, initially with us and ultimately with God Himself.

Our Affirmations & Denomination

Our essential beliefs are outlined in what is called Covenant Affirmations. Their purpose is to make clear the values and principles that have guided Highrock since the beginning.

Church Plants

Over the years Highrock has planted multiple churches in the Greater Boston Area, each of which began as a Highrock congregation or “campus.” Many of these congregations have now been sent out to operate as independent churches, though remaining as “siblings” under a shared denomination. We cherish these churches and are grateful for our history together!

Churches listed in alphabetical order.

Our Logo

The combination of an upwardly directed arrow, a house, 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.

Love Mercy, Do Justice

The Love Mercy, Do Justice team at Highrock is dedicated to helping Highrock listen to and learn from those on the margins and respond as an institution that upholds a more just and merciful vision of the Kingdom of God.