What We Believe
Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galations 6:2 (NRSV)
Foster, develop, and grow into a living relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. (God’s vision)”
Foster. Develop. Grow. Act and Serve.
As members of the Christian Church,
We confess that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
and proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.
We answer God’s Call for Justice
We move to answer God’s call for justice particularly in the areas of care for the earth, the challenges for women and children, poverty and hunger and immigration. We seek to do this work in cooperation with other people of faith. Some say we “get dirty for Jesus” as a way of conveying the hands-on mission orientation of many of our faith communities.
Central Christian Church’s Mission
Central Christian Church’s Vision Team has identified four distinct words that they have chosen to incorporate into four distinct stages of development. These strategies are based on building Christian relationships with God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and everyone we meet.
Words in parenthesis are from previous Vision Team work and study to help define the strategies more clearly.
Act and Serve
We practice unity and inclusion at the Lord’s Table
All are welcome to the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That’s why we use a chalice as our logo.
We practice believer baptism
A person makes the choice to follow God’s call rather than the choice being made for them as an infant. Baptism is the basis of membership in the Church and also a mark that every person is called to serve God – the idea of the “priesthood of all believers.”
We are a movement for Christian Unity
We honor our heritage as a movement for Christian unity by cooperating and partnering with other faith communities to work for bringing about wholeness – healing and justice – in the world. This is what it means to be “ecumenical.”
We study scripture for ourselves
We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith and creedal statements, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written.