Living Streams is a Christ-centered, Bible-based, non-denominational church in the city of Phoenix. We desire to follow Jesus both as individuals and as a community. We believe in applying the Bible to our lives, as when Jesus said, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice.” (Luke 8:21 NIV).
The links on the top of this page will direct you to important information regarding LSC’s various philosophies including our mission, vision, style, church government, and church plants. You can also learn about our story, what we believe, our core values, and meet our leadership team. Finally, be sure to check out pastor Mark’s latest posts to his weblog.
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Living Streams is an independent church in that we are not directly affiliated with a denomination. However, we do have active relationships with, and are connected to, other churches in the Valley. Senior Pastor Mark Buckley is part of a group called Pastors in Covenant, which includes leaders from other local churches and organizations such as Covenant of Grace, Hope Christian Church, Leaders that Last, Emmanuel Congregation and others. These pastors pray, bear one another’s burdens, and strive to provide a spiritual covering for each other, offering each one support in one’s ministry as well as personal life. Church Government
The government of Living Streams is based on the New Testament principle of a plurality of elders. Elders are selected in light of the character qualities described in 1 Timothy 3:1–7; Titus 1:6–9; and 1 Peter 5:1–5. Even though Mark Buckley founded Living Streams Church, he submits himself to the elders. The board of elders, which includes the senior pastor, governs the church and has the final say regarding the direction of the church. There are occasions when the board of elders ask the congregation to vote on a decision. An example would be building acquisitions or the relocation of the congregation.
Open Communication Policy
We desire open disclosure and public accountability for how the church is managed. We have an “open book” policy regarding our finances. Any inquiry regarding the church finances should be directed to the Administrator. We also desire to speak the truth in love. Thus we are more than happy to openly discuss issues of doctrine, church discipline, etc.“...speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ”
(Ephesians 4:15 NIV).