September 9, 2019

Mission, Vision, Values

Mission

To love God, make disciples, and love our neighbors according to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment .

The Great Commission

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 28:19-20, ESV)

The Great Commandment

And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40, ESV)

Vision

To be a church in and for urban west Charlotte devoted to biblical teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and the prayers (Acts 2:42).

The teaching of the Bible

"the Apostle's teaching"

The sacraments that Jesus gave the church

"the breaking of bread"

The worship of God

"the prayers"

All experienced in the context of a church family that loves and cares for one another

"the fellowship"

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42, ESV)

Values

The three values of West Charlotte Church include “parish” ministry, “ordinary means of grace” ministry, and “multiplication” ministry.

“Parish” Ministry:

We are a church committed to being in and for urban west Charlotte. This is our “parish.” We celebrate the beautiful diversity of the people of urban west Charlotte, as well as the unity found through a shared faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22).

“Ordinary Means of Grace” Ministry:

We are committed to experiencing God’s grace through simple ministry. These simple means include the the Bible as the Word of God, the sacraments as signs and seals of the promises of God, and prayer as the expression of our communion with God (Acts 2:42). These elements are the ordinary means of grace that God uses to grow us for his glory and our good.

“Multiplication” Ministry:

We are committed to church growth through both the development of the spiritual gifts of the whole congregation and the development of church leaders (Ephesians 4:11-16).