We desire to be a community of Christ followers who are present in the lives of Christians and non-Christians, including family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
City Church seeks to be a community of people who meet regularly with one another for prayer, Bible study, accountability, and other kinds of worship. We desire to spend time with other Christians, particularly to encourage one another in the Lord. As the author of Hebrews writes, Christians should meet together regularly as they “see the day draw near” (Heb. 10:25). Furthermore, the earliest Christians made it a point to study God’s Word together, eat together, pray together, and even attend the temple together (Acts 2:42-47). We do not isolate ourselves from other Christians, even though doing so may be tempting when life is especially busy or painful.
City Church seeks to be a community of people who are also actively engaged in our local community. We desire to be known and respected in our community, for Christians can still be respected despite the offensiveness of the gospel. We are called to be in the world for the sake of the gospel (1 Cor. 9:19-23). In fact, one of the qualifications for being an elder at City Church entails being “well thought of by outsiders” (1 Tim. 3:7). However, we do not conform to the world. Rather, we engage the world as those who have been transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2).