Our Mission

At Church of the Canyons, we believe that the church is not just a social gathering. It is God's institution in this world. The following pages explain from God's Word what we believe Church of the Canyons is called to accomplish as well as the means, method, and manner in which we are to do so. These principles guide what we do, how we do it and who we call one another to be in the process.

Watch the presentation below to hear our pastor, Bob Childress, explain how these ministry philosophies all build an environment where life and ministry at Church of the Canyons happen effectively--using the helpful analogy of a sandbox. Or click the other tabs to read through printed versions of our ministry philosophy.

 

Mission

“What God has called us to accomplish”

To lovingly proclaim Jesus to everyone and to teach believers to love, obey, and serve Him.

The mission of the church is clearly articulated by Jesus Christ in “The Great Commission” found in Matthew 28:16-20. There are three clear aspects to His commission.

Reach out to the lost - “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”. Put another way Jesus is saying in so many words; “you are here and the lost are there, go and share the gospel with them.”

Raise up obedient believers - “Teaching them to observe all I command you…” Having reached out we are then called to raise up obedient believers. These first disciple makers had seen the Savior’s commands shape their lives. Now teaching others to understand and observe His commands was to be their task and continues to be the task of local churches everywhere.

The Commissioner’s Promise - “And Lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age,” The Savior promised He would be with them (and us) every step of the way. I, Myself--your divine, resurrected, living, eternal Lord--am with you every step of the way leading and empowering you to fulfill My great commission.

We want to be known as a great commission church, a church that reaches out to the lost and raises up obedient disciples for God’s ultimate glory in obedience to our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Method

“The principles that will guide us as we seek to accomplish our mission.” 

#1 – A Passion For Evangelism

God cares deeply for the lost and sent His Son to save the world. We are commanded to care as He cares. Therefore, we are not ashamed to proclaim the message of salvation in word and deed whenever, wherever, to whomever no matter the cost. John 3:16, Matt. 28:19-20, Rom. 1:16, 1 Peter 2:9-12, Acts 20:20-24

#2 – The Centrality of God’s Word

God reveals Himself through His Word which is sufficient to guide us to salvation through Christ Jesus and to increasingly conform us to His image. God’s Word is the final authority for all matters of life and godliness. Therefore, we place as our highest priorities the proclamation and practice of His Word in our daily lives. Deut. 30:10-14, Psm. 19:7-11, Ezra 7:10, Is. 40:6-8, Col. 2:6-8 Tim. 2:15, 3:14-17, 4:2, Heb. 4:12, 1 Ptr. 2:2.

#3 - A Commitment to Community

God created us for loving family relationship with Him and His people. At salvation we are adopted into a spiritual family where we can grow into mature children of God. Therefore, we will seek to established close knit relationships where we are continually and intentionally challenged, corrected and comforted. John 13:34-35, Acts 2:42-46, I Thes. 2:7-12, 5:14, Gal .6:1-2, Heb. 10:24-25

#4 - A Desire for Spiritual Growth

God calls us to be conformed to the image of His Son. This is an on-going process that begins at salvation and continues throughout our lives. As we mature we will desire God’s will above our own. Therefore, we will lovingly encourage people to pursue prayerful, spirit-filled, evangelistic and Word-centered lives so they may become more like Christ. Gal. 5:16, Col. 1:28-29, I Peter 2:2, Eph. 6:18-20, 2 Tim. 2:15

#5 - Gifted Service

God has gifted each believer for service and each is called to use that gifting to build up the church and impact the world. Therefore we will encourage and empower members to carry out this vital responsibility. Eph. 2:10, 1 Peter 4:10-11, Romans 12:3-8, 11, Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Cor. 12:7, 27

Means

"The day to day process necessary to accomplish our mission."

The local church is to be a place where person by person each member is being trained up that he or she might be entrusted with service and ministry in his or her spiritual gift. There is to be no non-player in the Biblical church. All have been placed in ministry for the purpose of ministering to one another and to the lost. We prepare members for ministry with The 3 "E’s”. We will serve God’s family at Church of the Canyons every day by enfolding, equipping and entrusting them to serve each other, our community, our nation and the world.

An Enfolding Attitude

  • We will seek to serve, not be served.
  • We will seek to be builders of unity.
  • We will seek to encourage, through deeds and truth.

An Equipping Mindset

  • We will seek to accurately and carefully teach God’s Word.
  • We will seek to build relationships in prayer and fellowship.
  • We will seek to install a sense of wonder and amazement in our worship of God.

An Entrusting Strategy

  • We will entrust for service those who have been equipped to function in their calling and gifting.
  • We will seek to inspire multiplication of service, encouraging our equipped servants to “pass it on.”

Manner

"The spiritual character and congregational culture necessary to accomplish our mission."

We want to be a “spiritually vital” church. There are some very specific spiritual characteristics that spiritually vital people and churches have in common. We have identified six characteristics that if adhered to will grow disciples who in turn will with their words and ways establish a culture from which we can effectively reach out and raise up obedient believers.

Genuine: We are committed to an environment where people honestly express the struggles and successes of their Christian lives, speak lovingly and truthfully into the lives of others, and value the insights God brings through His Word and His people. A genuine person is truthful, teachable, non-hypocritical, and does not think more highly of himself than he should. Eph. 4:25

Generous: We are committed to an environment where people are generous with the time, talents, gifts and resources God has entrusted to our care. God gives generously, He commands us to give generously and He blesses those who give generously. A generous person is available, kind, charitable, big hearted, and a sacrificial giver. 2 Cor. 9:7

Godly: We are committed to an environment where people live faithful lives before God in obedience to His Word and minister in unity with one another. Godliness is empowered by the Spirit of God and is characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. A godly person is not one who is perfect but rather one who is conscious of sin and quickly confesses and repents. Col. 3:16-17

Gracious: We are committed to an environment where people overflow with loving kindness, tender mercy, compassion, and care for one another because of the unmerited favor with which God has blessed them. Gracious people are not harsh, overbearing, or easily annoyed. Instead they persevere patiently with the weaknesses of others, believe the best of others and forgive as God has forgiven them. A gracious person is a humble person who seeks to see the needs of others as more important than his or her own. Phil. 2:1-8

Growing: We are committed to a dynamic environment where spiritual growth and transformed lives are the norm. God’s people grow as they participate in the body of Christ and as they submit to God’s commands and the Spirit’s conviction. 2 Tim. 2:15

Gospel Centered: We are committed to an environment where people are reminded of and appreciate the power of forgiveness that is the gospel. Gospel centered people are grateful people who make the most of every opportunity to share the gospel in what they say and how they live. Rom. 1:16, Eph. 1:7