Making Disciples. Changing Our Community.
This concise statement expresses the primary goal of Elmira Christian Center in all of our endeavors as a local congregation. We exist to glorify God by making disciples of all nations through the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our desire that we grow in passion and commitment as disciples, compelled by the love of our risen Savior, who share the good news of God’s grace beginning with our very own community.
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—our preaching, teaching, community groups, evangelism, prayer, singing, and fellowship.
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.