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.

Click on the first tab below to watch the presentation with our pastor, Bob Childress, explain how these ministry philosophies all build an environment where life and ministry at Church of the Canyons happen effectively. Or click the other tabs to read through printed versions of our ministry philosophy.

“What God has called us to accomplish”

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

Our missions is based on The Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20. There are two clear aspects to Christ's commission:

1. Reach out to the lost - “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations”

Raise up obedient believers - “Teaching them to observe all I command you…”

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

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

At COC we make our mission a reality by enfolding, equipping, and entrusting disciples for ministry in the church, community, and the world.

Enfolding

The first step of discipleship is enfolding. Enfolding in its fullest meaning involves evangelizing if necessary and an invitation for others to see what we are all about. In enfolding we are following the "Come and See" model Jesus used to introduce Himself to those who were interested in becoming disciples.

Equipping

The second step of discipleship is equipping. Here we walk beside others, preparing them for service in their areas of gifting and elsewhere. In equipping we are following the "Learn From Me" model Jesus used to move His disciples into a more committed relationship with Him.

Entrusting

The third step of discipleship is entrusting. Having enfolded people into lives, having chosen one or a few to invest in more fully, equipping them to serve in whatever capacity within the church, we then entrust these people with ministry here and abroad. In entrusting we are following the "Be Like Me" model Jesus used to release His disciples Great Commission ministry in Jerusalem, Judea and the uttermost parts of the world.

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

To implement our mission and vision we model a “spiritually vital” culture guided by God’s Word. All spiritually vital church cultures have certain characteristics in common. We have identified six characteristics that create a culture where disciples grow and serve effectively. We aspire to be a church where these characteristics are lived out by our leaders and members.

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

Everything we seek to accomplish in our mission, vision, and culture is built around a few important biblical principles. We call these our guiding principles.

#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