Our Mission:

Connecting people to Christ and to one another.

God instituted the church as soon as Peter made his good confession to Jesus: "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Matthew 16:16). We follow in these footsteps today, calling others to know God through His Word: the written Word, which is the Bible, and His living Word, Jesus Christ.  Our call is to believe in what God has revealed, to make known to our community what God has declared, and to connect others to God in faith and obedience.


To help us follow God's call more clearly, we pay attention to six Core Connections at Central to make sure everything we do lines up with our mission.  Read more about each of our Core Connections below!

God's Word.

Our ultimate authority for all we believe and do.


We believe that the Bible is God's revealed message to humanity.  It teaches us what to believe about God and how He expects us to live.  We follow it as our ultimate authority in all matters of faith and practice, both as individuals and as a church.


God uses His Word to bring things that don't exist into existence, and to bring that which is dead to life.  It shows up as we preach through books of the Bible, host small group Bible studies, in our own personal growth as Christians, and as we encourage one another in conversations from day to day.


See Genesis 1:3ff; Psalm 19:7-11; Ezekiel 37; John 1:1-5, 14; 6:69; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

New Birth.

Total transformation by the Holy Spirit because of Jesus' death and resurrection.


Salvation, God's unique work through Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins and our redemption from sin and death, is both absolutely necessary and readily available to anyone who trusts in Jesus. We seek the conversion of all people who are far from Christ, who live without no commitment to or regard for Him. We share the good news of Jesus Christ with others, following God's purposes for us to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength," and to "love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30).  We share because Jesus commanded His followers to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20).


Our desire to see new birth shows on Sunday mornings during the invitation, whenever we celebrate baptism and the Lord's Supper, in Vacation Bible School and our Daycare ministry, and every time we get to share God's good news with someone we love.


See Matthew 16:15-17, 28:18-20; Mark 12:30; John 3:3-6, 16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 10:13-16; Titus 3:3-7.

Relationships.

Rooted in God and reaching to others.


Christians must deepen their relationship with God personally and their relationships with others in the local church.  When we are saved, God the Father adopts us as His children.  We are brothers and sisters to Jesus Christ Himself!  The church becomes our new family.


We operate together like members of the same body.  We have a responsibility to love our brothers and sisters, to support and encourage one another, and to help those who are weak.  We must care for those who become members of our church just as we care for ourselves.  We have a special desire to care for children, nurturing them and training them to live for God as they grow up among us.


We start and strengthen relationships in celebrating the Lord's Supper together, gathering for small groups, sharing communion at homes of our shut-ins, visiting the home-bound and those in the hospital, shepherding the flock in elder ministry, spending time with children and youth in ministries to them, and in other special church activities.


See Romans 8:14-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Ephesians 2:11-13, 19-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 1 John 1:8–2:2, 3:1-2

Discipleship.

Dying to self and chasing after God.


God calls Christians to make disciples, beginning with baptism and following through in obedience to everything God reveals to us in the Bible.  Maturity in the faith is a major goal of the Christian life.  We preach from the Bible, we gather for small groups and Bible studies, we draw close to God in our own families and on our own so that we will all grow up to maturity.  Mature Christians invite younger Christians to walk with them, spend time with them, and to show by their words and their actions how to live for God.


We seek after God in small groups and Sunday School classes, Bible study, personal spiritual disciplines, elder/deacon relationships, retreats, weekly leadership development meetings, and opportunities to serve others.


See Deuteronomy 6:4-7; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 12:28-34; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 4:14-17, 11:1; Ephesians 4:11-16; James 1:4; 2 Peter 3:18.

Servanthood.

Seeking others' welfare before our own.


Every Christian is called to follow Jesus' example by not serving ourselves, but by serving others.  In humbling ourselves, in dying to our own desires and seeking others' welfare, we find our fulfillment in carrying out the will of God in the world.


We seek to serve others by building friendships with others, praying for others, and encouraging others in their walks of faith. These opportunities come as we make and serve dinners on Wednesday nights; operate a daycare ministry for our community; provide meals for families who lose loved ones; support missions locally, nationally, and globally; work together on church workdays; and serve whenever the opportunity arises in our church and in our community.


See Matthew 5:13-16; Mark 10:45; John 13:4, 12-17; Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:5-8.

Spiritual Leadership.

Entrusting leadership to godly examples.


God raises up men and women by His Holy Spirit to guide His people wisely. The Bible points to pastors, elders, and deacons in the church and expects them to lead in reliance upon God. We trust our leaders to follow godly counsel. We depend on them to fulfill their responsibility to God and to His church as those who are especially accountable to God for our souls at the Day of Judgment.


We are striving to empower spiritual leadership as we entrust qualified pastors, elders and deacons with responsibility in the church.  We host leadership development meetings on Sunday nights, open to all who have a heart to grow in their walk of faith and in serving the church. Our elders take time to mentor our deacons, and elders take an active role in shepherding members of the congregation.


See Exodus 18:13-27; Acts 20:28; 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17-22; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:1-5.

CHURCH BYLAWS

You can download our church's Bylaws here. These bylaws assume the Bible for our Constitution. It states that our church is congregationally ruled, led by a Board of Elders, supported by pastors and staff. Ministry Teams, led by Deacons and overseen by Elders, will carry out most of the ministries of our church. Our congregation approved and adopted these bylaws at a called meeting of the congregation on August 14, 2016.

The Central Christian Family:

CARRYING ON HIS MISSION FOR HIS GLORY

Central Christian Church has existed over 150 years, but our story is far from over. Every year, every month, every day is God's gracious gift to us to fulfill His mission for our church in our time. We haven't arrived. We haven't perfected all this. We trust in the Holy Spirit to help us change and to make us holy, righteous, and pleasing to God.


We hope that you will become part of our story.