Mission and Beliefs
Our mission is your transformation.
At Grace Community Church, our passion is life-change. We hope you will be different because you chose to follow Jesus with us. We are an elder-led church with an emphasis on discipleship and small groups. We are united around a set of core beliefs and a passion for equipping people to thrive in their relationship with Jesus. We help people:
CONNECT TO A FAMILY
Building deep, authentic relationships
COMMIT TO A JOURNEY
Embracing a life-long path of discipleship
SERVE IN HIS NAME
Sharing Jesus’ love and grace with a hurting world
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you are new to the area or looking for a new church, you may be wondering, “What kind of church are they?” When you join us for worship and get to know us as a church, we think you will find that 4 key themes distinguish us from other churches. They are:
In-depth Biblical teaching – We challenge you to grow deep in your understanding of the faith. We structure our teaching to be well-informed, Biblically-based and applicable to life.
A grace-oriented culture - Your first experience should be that of a warm welcome and a friendly, informal atmosphere. You will be invited to join us but never demanded to perform to our expectations.
Discipleship in the context of community – We heavily emphasize the importance of life-on-life mentoring in the process of growing to be like Christ. We want to develop mature disciples and mobilize them to impact the local community and the world with the good news of the Gospel.
Life-changing encounters with God – We walk in the everyday presence of God. We expect God to break into our lives with grace, healing and transformation.
The best way to understand the culture of Grace is to know the values that drive our ministry. We are committed to 4 core values that drive how we relate to ourselves, each other and God.
Hospitality - We want to get to know you and welcome you into God’s presence.
Honor - We treat everyone with the utmost respect. You can be yourself here. Your acceptance is not based on your performance.
Courage – We aren’t spectators in our walk with Jesus. We are going to call you to join us on a journey and invite you to do hard things.
Celebration – We rejoice in God’s transforming grace. We love to tell stories of God breaking in and transforming someone’s life.
In all of our essential beliefs, we aspire to unity.
“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).
In beliefs which are gray or uncertain, we encourage liberty.
“Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. …. Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls…. So then, each one of us will give an account of himself to God…. The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God….” (Romans 12:1,4,12,22).
In all our beliefs, we show love.
“…and if I know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Cor. 13:2).
Why Do We Light Candles?
In Psalm 63, David makes it clear that we are to invest our physical bodies into worship and praise. This is just one aspect of “loving God with our heart, soul, mind and strength” (Mark 12:30). We can do this in many ways: lifting up our hands and singing with heartfelt emotion, for example (Psalm 63:3–4). But in Christ, we’re also free to choose other ways that work for us.
Lighting candles to celebrate answered prayer is one way that we can help you apply this biblical pattern at Grace Community Church.
At the front of our worship center, you’ll find votive candles on tables set on a table on either side of the stage. At some point during the service you’ll be invited to come forward, light a candle, and place it along the front edge of the worship platform. As you come forward, you can silently express gratitude to God for how he provided for you during the week. We hope that this exercise will serve as a visual representation of God’s goodness in answering prayer!
Sometimes people will come forward to do this as a family. Other times they will set the candle in place and use the prayer benches to continue their praise.
As we see the candles multiply over the course of our worship service, they provide a visual reminder of a God who is infinitely good and intimately active in our lives.
Our logo features an historic Celtic knot depicting a symbol of the Triune God — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The moment we receive Christ, we are immersed into God’s eternal Trinitarian fellowship (Matt. 28:19). This is an immense privilege, as he now continually grants us open access to his infinite presence and power. Safe within this fellowship, God’s Triune love works to conform us into the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29). That’s really the essence of our mission: We exist to help people follow Jesus and be transformed (2 Cor. 3:18).