Our Mission | Becoming a community of believers intent on experiencing and sharing the renewing life and love of Jesus.
Three important things to know about our church…
WE ARE HARD TO FIND. We worship and gather in a small building set back in a residential area along a neighborhood thoroughfare. There is a small sign out front, but it is hard to see, it is hard to turn into our driveway, and parking can be tight. Sorry. We think we ought to invest more of our resources on community and neighborhood involvement than trying to have a convenient place to meet…
WE ARE TOTALLY UNCOOL. When we gather for worship, we like to think we have got some pretty good music and a pretty good “talk”. Mostly, however, we gather to try to listen to what God is saying to us. That means empowering a lot of different folks to have a voice in our worship and our other events, because we believe God speaks through each of us, not just through the professionals. Sometimes it works, other times, not so much…
WE ARE ALLERGIC TO PROGRAM. We do not think our lives need to be crowded with a long, busy list of church events. Life is crowded enough. It is space that we yearn for – the chance to have a coffee with friends, or linger in quiet conversations over a good book, or go for a bike ride together. We try hard to keep our church schedule short and focused, and encourage one another to hang out together, looking for authentic community…
So, our small, hard-to-find, uncool, and allergic to program church may not be your cup of tea. That’s OK. But if you are looking for something different – a community of Christians who have more questions than answers; who try to love, accept, and forgive one another; who think true accountability is mutual; and who want nothing more than to follow Jesus daily in real life – you might try to find us. We are four doors south of the bank building on the corner of Arlington and Madison.
MADISON STREET CHURCH VALUES
We are affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church, a small denomination with roots in the Anabaptist, Pietist, Holiness, and Evangelical traditions; with Mennonite Central Committee, our relief, development and peace building agency; and, with Mennonite World Conference, a global fellowship of Anabaptist communions.
As a congregation affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church, we accept the Bible as our final authority for faith and life. We use the Brethren in Christ Manual of Doctrine and Government as a guide to how we do church. We accept as our teaching confession the Statement of Shared Convictions of Global Anabaptists (adopted by the Mennonite World Conference General Council in March 2006):
By the grace of God, we seek to live and proclaim the good news of reconciliation in Jesus Christ. As part of the one body of Christ at all times and places, we hold the following to be central to our belief and practice:
God is known to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Creator who seeks to restore fallen humanity by calling a people to be faithful in fellowship, worship, service and witness.
Jesus is the Son of God. Through his life and teachings, his cross and resurrection, he showed us how to be faithful disciples, redeemed the world, and offers eternal life.
As a church, we are a community of those whom God’s Spirit calls to turn from sin, acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord, receive baptism upon confession of faith, and follow Christ in life.
As a faith community, we accept the Bible as our authority for faith and life, interpreting it together under Holy Spirit guidance, in the light of Jesus Christ to discern God’s will for our obedience.
The Spirit of Jesus empowers us to trust God in all areas of life so we become peacemakers who renounce violence, love our enemies, seek justice, and share our possessions with those in need.
We gather regularly to worship, to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and to hear the Word of God in a spirit of mutual accountability.
As a worldwide community of faith and life we transcend boundaries of nationality, race, class, gender and language. We seek to live in the world without conforming to the powers of evil, witnessing to God’s grace by serving others, caring for creation, and inviting all people to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
We are becoming a community of believers intent upon experiencing and sharing the renewing life and love of Jesus
- To be an urban church – a congregation committed to engagement in and with our neighborhood
- To be a missional church – a congregation committed to welcome the world God is redeeming
- To be an Anabaptist church – a congregation committed to following Christ daily to bring His peace into all our relationships
BRETHREN IN CHRIST CORE VALUES
In May, 1999, 51 Brethren in Christ men and women from across North America gathered to identify and restate the Core Values that most deeply resonate within our hearts and minds as a Church. At the end of three days of spirited and prayerful give-and-take, ten Core Values emerged.
In setting forth our Core Values, we declare our ties with true Christians of all times and every place. We confess with them the faith as embodied in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. We recognize that these values are rooted in our history and doctrine. In broad strokes, they convey the essential beliefs of our denomination as stated in our Articles of Faith and Doctrine.
We present these ten Core Values to help you to better understand the values that touch our hearts, stir our emotions, and move us to action!
Experiencing God’s Love and Grace
We value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.
Believing the Bible
We value the Bible as God’s authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.
We value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.
We value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.
Belonging to the Community of Faith
We value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.
Witnessing to the World
We value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.
We value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.
We value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.
We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.
Relying on God
We confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.