Christ Church’s Mission and Core Values

September 21, 2008 — Leave a comment

We believe our mission and core values must both reflect the heart of Jesus and serve to inspire us to creative action.  They can help us increase in our love for God, for one another, and for the world.

Our Mission:

to build compassionate Christian communities

that transform lives and bring hope to the world.

Our Core Values:

HOPE in Christ

Christ is the hope of the world. We are all made in God’s image but are broken by evil. We embrace Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection as the way to be restored, healed, and sent out as agents of reconciliation in the world.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10: 23-24)

UNITY in CHRIST

Christ is the basis for our unity. We uphold the ancient saying: “In essentials – unity; in non-essentials – liberty; in ALL things- charity (love).”

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Christ-likeness is the goal of Spiritual Formation. God wants to transform us by His Holy Spirit as we grow in the practices of worship, Bible study, prayer, fasting, giving, serving, solitude, etc. We seek to inspire and instruct our children, youth, and adults to become more like Christ.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! (2 Peter 3:18)

CARING COMMUNITY

The Church is called the Body of Christ. He calls us into authentic community where we experience mutual love, learning, caring, and mentoring in spiritual friendships and small groups. We celebrate our diversity which reflects God’s love for all people.

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (Romans 12:4)

COMPASSIONATE OUTREACH

Christ calls us to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and to be His “hands and feet” in the world. We will sustain both local and global partnerships that proclaim and demonstrate God’s love in concrete, life-changing ways.

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:14-15)

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

Christ is the model of servant-leadership. We seek to develop leaders by helping people discover their God-given gifts, and hear God’s call for their lives. Through biblical teaching and mentoring, Christ-followers are equipped to make an impact in the church and in the world.

“May the God of peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.” (Hebrews 13: 20-21)

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