AW Tozer said, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." Since that's true, we want to think very carefully about God!
Creeds & Confessions
We do that by holding to several historic creeds & confessions that have accurately defined God, His Word, and His people for hundreds and thousands of years. We joyfully come alongside those who have gone before us to articulate who God is and what He has done!
At the same time, we believe that there are certain core truths that one must believe that are essential to call yourself a Christian.
We also know that there are certain confessional beliefs that distinguish one church from another. True Christians have held different beliefs about certain topics throughout the history of Christianity (baptism, Lord's supper, church leadership). Though these may not be essential core truths to be a Christian, that does not mean they are unimportant. Thus, to be a member of The Fields, you must hold to these confessional beliefs to unify us in our mission to glorify God.
In addition, there are also non-essential beliefs that even members of the same church can have different opinions on. These are topics that we can agree to disagree with charity (Christian liberty, the second coming of Christ, etc.). We would do well to apply the saying that came out of the reformation, "In the essentials, unity; in the non-essentials, diversity; in all things, charity."
As a church, we also have come together under a Church Covenant that unites us a members of The Fields Church in how we will live out these beliefs. We regularly remind ourselves of this covenant by reciting it together at our members meetings and use this to assess our healthiness as a church.