Mission and Values

Mission

At Cresset Church our mission -- that is our main goal as a faith community -- is to help people reach their potential in Christ. We believe that every person has a God-given potential that can only be fully realized through Jesus Christ. We, as a church, are here to spur each other on toward our full potential in Christ Jesus, because that potential can only be reached together in a supportive Christian community. This potential includes three areas. First, our purpose, or the impact that each of us is here to make. Second, it includes our character, becoming more like Christ in all that we do each day. And third it includes fullness of life. This includes having hope, joy, and peace; stronger relationships with others; a sense of belonging; and knowing that we are loved. All of which are available for each of us through Jesus’ grace and mercy.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10

 

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

John 10:10

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

Values

Your values are the things that you believe are most important and most foundational in life. What you value will drive what you do and it will determine your priorities and how you live your life. There are many things that we can value. At Cresset Church we have identified three values that are most important and most foundational to who we are as a faith community and that will help us carry out our mission to help people reach their potential in Christ.

WE HONOR GOD’S WORD. To reach our God-given potential, we need to hear from God and follow His instructions for our lives; moreover, we believe in the power of His Word and its ability to guide us. We rely on the Bible to provide direction in how we live our lives and also to be the arbiter of truth about this world and this life.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

WE VALUE SHARED LIFE. A fulfilling life involves an ever- deepening relationship with Jesus Christ. We can best deepen that relationship if we are involved in a close Christian community that encourages each other with love, support, and truth. We work to initiate healthy personal relationships and then develop them so that we can go beyond surface-level relationships to develop an authentic, supportive community.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24-25

WE CELEBRATE GOSPEL TRANSFORMATION. The Christian life is not static. God’s power transforms lives. When we see people grow more and more into who God made them to be, we want to celebrate those changed lives. Therefore, we will encourage those moments, and when they occur, we will celebrate them as a church.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:9-11

Strategy

Jesus gave us an example of how to help believers realize their full God-given potential. At first, His disciples were a ragtag group of misfits destined to have little impact on the world around them. However, after three years with Jesus, they became individuals who displayed phenomenal character and were ready to change the world.

As modern-day disciples, we encourage everyone to wholeheartedly pursue these practices and to include others in them:

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WORSHIP SERVICES. Jesus used gatherings to challenge His audience with the truths about life with Him. These were important opportunities to be exposed to biblical ideas, to learn and grow in understanding. We likewise endeavor to create powerful worship (large group) environments.

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SMALL GROUPS. Jesus’ disciples were a small group where they could discuss what they were hearing. It gave them an environment to ask questions and figure things out. It was a relationship- driven environment where they could be more transparent, encouraged and supported as they learned from Jesus. Likewise, we intentionally offer small groups of various kinds so that long-term, healthy relationships can develop.

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PERSONAL DEVOTIONS. Jesus taught His disciples to pray individually and to think about the meaning of Scripture in order to strengthen their personal relationship with Him and to deepen their understanding of Him. We provide resources and encouragement to help people maintain a strong, deepening, day-to-day relationship with God.

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SERVING OTHERS. Jesus trained His disciples and then put them to work. Christianity is not
a “sit and soak” experience but a “go and do” lifestyle. People need to be serving and giving of themselves as Jesus did for others. Thus, service in the church, out in the community, and beyond our neighborhoods is essential. Believers should serve and grow in service by discovering and developing their gifts and skills

Marks

As we pursue our full potential in Christ, both as a church family and as individuals, we should see fruit of that growth. We should see change. We believe that this growth will be marked, or characterized in the following ways:

  • CHRIST-LIKE HUMILITY: Living life as Jesus did.

  • CHRIST-LIKE MIND: Thinking as Jesus did.

  • CHRIST-LIKE HEART: Loving as Jesus did.

  • CHRIST-LIKE GRACE: Serving others as Jesus did.

  • CHRIST-LIKE MISSION: Making disciples as Jesus did.

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:18

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