Who We Are

Highrock is a dynamic and diverse spiritual community that worships, serves, eats, and laughs together (mostly virtually these days). We hope that our church will be a place where you, your family, and friends can 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. Today Highrock is a dynamic and diverse spiritual community with congregations worshiping and serving in ten locations across Greater Boston and eastern Massachusetts. We're excited about Jesus and what He 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 Vision

The original vision of the church has remained strong over the years and is encapsulated in a single simple statement: Transformation through Connecting with God Personally, God's People, and God's Purposes.

 

Our Mission

Everything we do at Highrock is driven by our mission to cultivate a loving Christian community through which sinners are transformed individually and collectively into the Body of Christ by connecting with God Personally, with God's People, and with God's Purposes.

 

Our Values

Five guiding values shape who we are and what we do at Highrock:

 

Our Constitution

Highrock's constitution expresses Highrock's vision, values, and operating principles.

 

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.

Our Affirmations

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

 

Our Denomination

Highrock is a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). We know that, for many, the term “evangelical” is a difficult one. It is often associated with judgmentalism, division, political manipulation, and the mistreatment of women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community. People are right to be angry and suspicious because of many things done in the name of evangelicalism. And we are too. Our association with the term is a historic one. Historically, evangelicalism was characterized by four things:

  • The belief that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ brings about God’s renewal of our world.
  • The belief that lives need to be transformed through a life-long process of following Jesus.
  • The belief that the Bible is central to informing our relationship with God and others.
  • The belief that the teachings of Jesus are rightly expressed through social justice and community engagement.

Those four things are at the heart of who we are at Highrock, and we strongly condemn the sinful attitudes and actions that are so commonly linked with evangelicalism today.

We live out these values by being:

  • Evangelical, but not exclusive
  • Biblical, but not doctrinaire
  • Traditional, but not rigid
  • Congregational, but not independent

The ECC is a rapidly growing multiethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world.