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Who We Are

The birth of Covenant began from a group of people who gathered with a common inspiration. They all dreamed of what a Great church would be like. The following are the Vision statements that they put down as they dreamed together:

We Dream of a Church

. . . where
the Gospel is the underlying foundation; where grace is accepted and extended; where the salvation of souls is the norm, not the exception; where love for people springs from love for God; where joy permeates the air; where people are one in spirit; where service is considered a privilege and not a burden.

. . . where

people find real help, experience real change and discover real answers; where marriages are healed and parents’ hearts are turned toward their children; where destructive lifestyles, habits, addictions and compulsions are forever jettisoned; where wasted lives are retrieved and new beginnings are launched.

. . . where

God’s Word is exalted in authority, studied with expectation, taught with relevance, heard with anticipation, and obeyed with passion; where the preaching is encouraging, positive and practical.

. . . where

prayer is the under-girding and engulfing medium for all we do and for every initiative we take

. . . where

people are free to attempt great things for God; where taking risks for His kingdom is an exalted virtue; where people have nothing to prove and therefore nothing to lose; where creativity and innovation are honored, not feared; where all kinds of people serve God in diverse ways with mutual love, encouragement, respect, and unity.

. . . where

the challenge of nurturing new, cutting-edge ministries becomes reality; where past traditions form the foundations for launching new innovations, not the ball and chain to impede them; where hundreds of lay men and women are effectively trained and actually entrusted with the work of the ministry; where partnerships are formed by networking with other ministries to further the cause of Christ.

. . . where

God is worshiped joyfully and reverently; where the music is Christ-honoring, contemporary and relevant; where worship is a significant event which encourages believers and transforms them into the triumphant army of God; where worship communicates to the visitor the greatness of our God, the joyfulness of the Christian life, and the emptiness of life without Jesus.

. . . where

the arts are being recaptured for the service and glory of Jesus Christ; where writers, actors, musicians, artists, and dancers are encouraged to hone their craft and employ it powerfully to further the cause of the Kingdom.

. . . where

the issues of our culture are seriously addressed; where the community expects to find a viewpoint both practical and Godly, a viewpoint which must be taken seriously; where God’s people take stands in the community that are courageous and compassionate.

. . . where

growth is not only welcomed, but anticipated as the norm; where the heartbeat of every person is for outreach and inclusion, not for comfortable complacency and seclusion.

. . . where

children and youth are nurtured in the faith; where they are made strong in their ability to serve the Lord and stand for Him in a godless culture.

. . . where

people’s hearts beat for God’s work around the world; where impact is made on lives across the street and around the world; where short-term workers regularly go out to minister internationally and return with a world perspective.

. . . where

sacrificial giving is a privilege-- not a burden, and where we seek God’s plan instead of personal preference.

Communion

CCC serves an open table. Our guests are not only welcome but encouraged to participate. Communion is part of our historical roots and extremely important to us. It is our denominations practice to celebrate communion every week.

Baptism

We believe that Baptism is the first act of obedience, after accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. We do not consider it a “saving” act, but an act of obedience.

We accept Baptisms from other denominations, in other words, you do not have to be re-baptized to become a member of the church. We only baptize by immersion during an open worship service.

 

“Out of the dream and visions
for the church the founders gleaned
the Core Values of the new church”

Covenant Christian Church

 

Bible Centered

Rom. 12.7; 2 Tim. 3.16-17; James 1.23-25

We believe that the Bible is God’s living, powerful, relevant, active word and that we can trust it, believe it, and apply it with the confidence that in so doing, we will be following God’s best for our lives.

Worship Focused

Jn. 4.19-24

We believe that God created us in His own image, thus uniquely equipping us for a vital relationship with Him which is ultimately expressed as we worship Him in spirit and in truth.

Prayer Dependent

Mt. 6.5-14; 7.7-12

We believe that God has invited us into a dynamic relationship with Himself in which we experience His power and direction for life through the consistent, prevailing, and believing practice of prayer.

Grace Extending

Phil 2.1-11; Eph. 1.3-14

We believe that salvation is a gift of God’s pure grace which comes to us undeserved and free. As God receives and sustains us by grace, so should we reflect the spirit and acceptance of grace to all people.

Maturity Building

Eph. 4.25-26, 32; Heb. 12.1; Phil. 1.6

We believe that salvation is but the first step on the road to spiritual maturity to which God calls His people, and that the church is responsible to help Christians become more and more like Jesus Christ.

People Empowering

1 Cor. 12, 14; Rom. 12; Eph. 4; Ps. 133.1

We believe that God has graced believers with powerful spiritual gifts which uniquely fit them for effective service to Christ and the church, whose responsibility it is to empower people in the use of those gifts.

Needs Meeting

1 Cor. 13; Neh. 3; Lk. 10.1; Jn. 13.34-34

We believe that rendering encouragement, assistance, support and love is the duty of Christians as they live in spiritual community with one another under Christ’s Lordship.

Outreach Oriented

Luke 5.30-32; Luke 15; Mt. 18.14

We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore our responsibility as a church is to reach out to them in love with the hope of the gospel.

Culturally Relevant

1 Cor. 9.19-23

We believe that we are called to communicate the good news of the love of God to our generation, and that we do this most effectively by using forms and styles familiar to the culture.

Globally Concerned

Mt. 28.18-20

We believe that the gospel of salvation through Christ is for the whole world, and that the church cannot rest until the whole world has heard the good news.

Sacrificially Giving

Luke 6:38,7:36-39, 11:39-42, 19:6-10, 21:1-4, 1 Cor 16:2

We believe that sacrificial giving is a privilege-- not a burden, Our goal is to seek God’s plan instead of our own personal preference.

Communion

CCC serves an open table. Our guests are not only welcome but encouraged to participate. Communion is part of our historical roots and extremely important to us. It is our denominations practice to celebrate communion every week.

Baptism

We believe that Baptism is the first act of obedience, after accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. We do not consider it a “saving” act, but an act of obedience.

We accept Baptisms from other denominations, in other words, you do not have to be re-baptized to become a member of the church. We only baptize by immersion during an open worship service.

3C5 Covenant Christian Church (3C) and it’s 5 Purposes (C5)

We are called for His purposes:

  • 1. Called to Celebrate His love for us
  • 2. Called to Connect by belonging to His church
  • 3. Called to Commit by becoming what He meant us to be
  • 4. Called to Contribute by be a blessing to others through service
  • 5. Called to Convert by sharing the Good news of Jesus Christ with others

From our Purposes our Mission Statement is formed:

Covenant Christian Church exists to “bring people to Jesus and membership into His family (Conversion), to develop them to Christ-like maturity (Commitment) and equip them for their ministry in the church (Contribute), establish healthy relationships through fellowship (Connect), in order to magnify Gods name (Celebrate).