Bent Tree Distinctives

There's a culture at Bent Tree that we hope you'll notice if you spend any amount of time with us. We've identified five things that permeate who we are and what we do.

Indwelling Christ

Christ lives in every believer. This is not a new concept, but it is often a reality we lose sight of. However, the core truth of our spiritual union with Christ — and our new identity in him as a result — has implication for every aspect of our daily lives. At Bent Tree, this is a primary filter for teaching, for ministry, for daily living.

Grace lived out

Because Christ lives in us as a gift of grace, we seek to reflect his grace in the ways we interact with each other. Grace is not the end; rather, it is the means by which we receive Christ's love and give it — even when life gets messy. Visit our Stories page.

Biblical teaching

Christ is the centerpiece of the biblical witness, and as we exposit the Scriptures, we will see him on every page. This is about more than a weekly moral pep rally — it is about discovering what Christ is inviting us into and stepping out in faith as he works powerfully in and through us. Watch sermons.

Shared leadership

We believe all believers are equipped with spiritual gifts that are given by the Lord for the express purpose of building up the church. These gifts are given irrespective of age, gender, race, background, or experience, and it is our conviction that these gifts be used fully for leadership and ministry. In some traditions, the roles of leadership and teaching have been reserved for men. This is not the case at Bent Tree. Here, women are encouraged to exercise their gifts freely for the edification of the church. Read our latest paper, Shared Leadership at Bent Tree (April 2016)

World missions

We affirm that it is only in Jesus that a person finds forgiveness and reconciliation with God — and this is true of every person on the planet. Since its beginning, Bent Tree has been committed to reaching as many possible with this message of hope, so that people everywhere can experience the Life of Christ. Visit our Global Missions page.