June 27, 2017

Values

Mission

To love God, make disciples, and love our neighbors according to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:35-40).

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).

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

Our desire is to be a simple church that focuses on the teaching of the Bible (“the Apostle’s teaching”), the sacraments that Jesus gave the church (“the breaking of bread”), and the worship of God (“the prayers”), all experienced in the context of a church family that loves and cares for one another (“the fellowship”).


Values

In addition to this very simple Mission and Vision, the three values of West Charlotte Church include “parish” ministry, “ordinary means of grace” ministry, and “multiplication” ministry.

1. “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).

For through him [Jesus] we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22, ESV)

2. “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.

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

3. “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).

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, for equipping the saints, for the work of ministry, and for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:11-16, ESV)