Making Disciples. Changing Our Community.
This concise statement expresses the vision and primary goal of Elmira Christian Center in all of our endeavors as believers redeemed by the blood our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is our desire that we grow in our passion and commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ who, in turn, share the gospel and make disciples of all the nations, beginning with our very own community, to the glory of God. Our vision is the same as every gospel-believing congregation throughout time and around the world.
1. Experiencing Life Together
The mission of ECC is how we accomplish the goals set forth in our vision statement. Disciples of Jesus are made when the members of the church, the body of Christ, experience life centered on God’s Word together; “life-on-life” discipleship. In the book of Acts, we see the early church doing life together as “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Whether in community groups, over a meal, or by simply enjoying life together, we strongly believe that Christianity is a corporate matter and that the Christian life can be fully realized only in relation to others. This conviction is emphasized and reflected in our church membership covenant.
2. Centering Life on God’s Word
Our worship of God and fellowship with other believers is informed by the inerrant, inspired, and all-sufficient Word of God. We believe that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We mature as disciples, and continue making other disciples, as we grow in the grace and knowledge of God as revealed in Scripture. This conviction is realized in everything we do here at ECC, in all of our preaching, teaching, community groups, evangelism, prayer, singing, and discipleship.
3. Connecting our Community to Christ
And finally, in the Great Commission, our Lord commands us 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). We are implored to reach our communities with the good news of Jesus Christ, calling them to repentance and reconciliation with God; the genuine love that we abundantly show to them is found in the person of our Lord and Savior. Only by connecting people to the life-changing power of the good news of Jesus Christ will we be able to truly bring about lasting change to our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, communities, cities, and the nations.