Mission & Values
Mission – Why?
Our mission clearly explains why Center Church exists. Simply put, Center Church exists to see lives changed by the gospel. Practically speaking, that means seeing the gospel go deeper in us and wider through us in Charlottesville, at UVA, and around the world.
Values – What?
Values help us answer the question: “How will we accomplish our mission?” Over time, a church’s values shape its culture. We’ve encapsulated the answer to “How?” in a few cultural values:
The Gospel is of First Importance
The gospel is the good news that we can enjoy a relationship with God through the sinless life, substitutionary death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. We don’t enjoy this relationship because of what we do but because of what Jesus has done for us.
The gospel is not the ABCs of Christianity but the A to Z. Its not just the diving board, but the whole pool! This message changes us from the inside out, first transforming our hearts and then our behavior.
Church is More of a Family than an Event
The gospel not only saves us into a relationship with God, but also into a relationship with God’s people, the church.
Although our culture has often treated church like an event to attend on Sunday, the New Testament teaches that a disciple of Jesus will interact with the church more like a family member than an attender.
In response to the gospel, we hope to be a church that love, serve, and know one another like the family that we are in Christ.
Every Disciple Makes Disciples
When Jesus called his first disciples, he said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” After his resurrection, he gave his last direction to the church, “Go and make disciples”. Fundamental to what it means to be a Christian (a follower of Jesus or a disciple) is the call to make disciples.
The pastors of Center Church take seriously their call to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” and seek to equip every member or attender of Center Church with the head, heart, and hands necessary to make disciples.
Prayer is Fundamental, Not Supplemental
Prayer is not something we “add-on” to the Christian life or the church’s ministry, but in many ways prayer is the Christian life and the church’s ministry. Because we are dependent on the Holy Spirit of God to produce life-change like only He can, we go desperately to Him in prayer. Center Church strives not just to be a church that prays, but a praying church.