For the last few years, we've been guided by three discerned values. These values aren't meant to be exhaustive, but do give you a sense of our current calling and direction.
Value #1: Spiritual Growth for Everyone.
We're adding to our worship rhythm times for us to be all together, learning and growing intergenerationally. We have a Spiritual Growth and Discipleship Team helping youth transition from Sunday School to full-time worship; the team also thinks of ways for our whole church to engage in learning. We've focused our adult learning opportunities on providing structured discipleship groups- The Apprentice Series, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, and Faithwalking; each has been immensely fruitful! Coming this fall: a new resource called "After Sunday..." which will provide weekly spiritual practices related to the worship focus.
Value #2: Relationship Building.
We have a Fellowship Team that hosts occasional gatherings, usually over a meal or games, that allow us to get to know one another. We've added moments in our worship that give us insight into one another's lives, and we serve with and for one another. We are seeing how growing in our spiritual maturity is making it easier to build relationships with people in the church and in our city, which in turn, helps us identify opportunities for prayer and service for the common good.
Value #3: Sharing Leadership in Ministry.
No one does ministry alone at CCC. As we build relationships and grow in maturity, we find ourselves more deeply called into a new way of doing ministry together. We have done this by forming Ministry Teams that work with staff to carry out ministry tasks and visions. Our Council, which includes our pastor, serves as the spiritual leadership team for the entire church, and our staff works collaboratively in partnership with the Holy Spirit to bring about God's emerging future for our congregation.
As a community, we are committed to renewal and learning a new way of being the church so that we can faithfully witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.