Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.Matthew 29:19-20
Our mission is to reach out to those who feel disconnected from God and/or the Christian community.
We want to embrace everyone, providing you with a warm and welcoming environment where you can be inspired by heartfelt worship and biblical teaching, and where you can be connected with a community of believers who will help you grow in your faith and relationship with God.
Our vision is to see a world transformed by and through the love of God.
We want to be a church body that is actively engaged in restoring and transforming the world around us – one relationship at a time. We want to strive daily to have an impact in the lives of those around us. Our desire is for every person to be reconciled with the God who loves and created them. As each person experiences his or her own transformation, the world will move closer to becoming what God originally intended it to be.
We live out our mission & vision through the 4Gs.
Gather, Grow, Give and Go. These are Faith’s foundational practices and are the pillars of how we mature in our Christian walk. By incorporating the 4Gs into our ordinary days, God can use us in extraordinary ways to accomplish His purpose in our lives, at Faith Church and in the world around us.
Gather: We gather to worship on weekends both in person and online. Not only is it important for us to engage in church services, but also in small groups outside of church walls.
Grow: As followers of Jesus, we are striving to grow in our relationship with Him daily. Personal Bible reading, times of prayer, reading testimonies shared in Faith’s magazine, and other spiritual practices provide space for God to transform our lives and equip us to change the world.
Give: One way to worship our loving God is to give back to Him what he has blessed us with. Not only can this be a monetary blessing, but also using our time and the gifts God has given each of us to bring His kingdom to Earth. By volunteering, mentoring or going on one of our missions trips, we can give back to God.
Go: Jesus gave His people a commission to go out and make disciples of all nations. At Faith, we believe in the importance of both local and global missions. Serving our communities and our friends around the world is our way of carrying out the mission of transforming the world one relationship at a time.
Our Strategic Plan for 2020-22
The 1:1 Initiative: restoring the region one relationship at a time.
In Mark 5, one sees a man, out of whom Jesus had cast demons, have a major impact on the region known as the Decapolis. This man wanted to follow Jesus into other places, but Jesus told him to stay in Decapolis and proclaim how much Jesus had done for him – and the region was changed. We sense God saying to Faith Church, “This is our Decapolis. This is where you are called to make a Kingdom impact!” Like the man in the story, many of us think that being on mission calls us to travel to faraway places. But Jesus says, “No! I need you to go to your family, friends and in the region to bring the Gospel of Jesus in word and deed!
Our Foundational Beliefs
At Faith Church we believe:
- the Bible to be the inspired Word of God and our ultimate and final authority for faith and practice.
- in one God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, our perfect heavenly Father, loves and cares for all.
- God created all humans in His image, and that sin has brought separation between God and humans.
- Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God, became a human and sacrificially died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin.
- the Holy Spirit was sent by God to live in and transform the lives of believers into the likeness of Christ by turning us from a sinful life and enabling us to live the way God intended.
- the only way to no longer be separated from God and find salvation is through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, trusting in Him as Lord and Savior. Through faith we become children of God.
- the Church, Christ’s radiant bride, is a spiritual body made up of all believers, each of whom is a vital part of God’s plan.
The Reformed Church in America
Faith Church is part of the Reformed Church in America.
This movement included a number of different figures in a variety of places in Europe, and the Reformed Church traces itself back to the ministry and work of John Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland. Calvin’s teachings, found primarily in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, spread throughout Europe and eventually to America, with the Reformed Church in America being found by Dutch settlers who believed that the teachings of Calvin and other documents inspired by his thought (The Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort) reflected the teachings of the Bible. It is important to note that we do not hold the teachings of John Calvin or any other figure to be the final authority on all matters – we believe that Scripture is the final authority in all things. We hold to the teachings of Calvin and our standards because we believe that they contain and explain what is taught in the Scriptures.
While Calvin wrote about a number of topics, people often associate the term “Calvinist” with a particular set of beliefs that our church upholds. We believe:
- the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden has affected all people and all areas of life, making us unable to please God and turn to God in our own strength and standing under his wrath (Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:10-12; Ephesians 2:1-3).
- God, because of his great grace, has chosen to save some sinners – not because of anything that they have done or any special merit in them; it is unconditional and unmerited grace (Ephesians 1:4, 11, 2:8-10).
- He sent Christ to be the atoning sacrifice for their sins (John 10:11; Acts 20:28; 5:25), and he draws men and women to faith in Christ (John 6:37, 44; Acts 13:48).
- God upholds believers by His grace so that they will persevere or persist until they die; believers will sin and live in disobedience to God’s will at times but will never fully fall away (John 10:28-29; Philippians 1:6).
We do not know who God has chosen to save, but are called to believe and to proclaim the good news about Jesus to others, as it is only through hearing God’s Word that people come to faith and come back into right relationship with God.