A Little About Us…

 

Our Vision

is to become a multiplying movement that spreads throughout the city of Utica and all of Central New York, sending people all over the world in God’s service. We will appropriately testify to the glory and grace of our God in each unique community in which we are planted. We would be disciples making disciples and churches planting churches: individually transformed and collectively a force fixed on bringing the healing message of Christ to the world. We will be a people who feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, visit the sick and imprisoned, take up the cause of the fatherless and widow, and care for the refugee.
 
About 10 years ago we ran into a problem that most churches would love to have – not enough parking for our Sunday morning attendance. We asked people to park on the lawn and then we removed our old pews and put in chairs to add seating to the auditorium. At each of these minor changes we saw an increase in attendance. We were confident we were a “good church”, being faithful to God’s Word and He was blessing us with growth. We also knew that the changes we were making were only temporary solutions, we needed to do something more drastic. We needed to do something BIGGER!
 
After years of prayer, study, research and deliberation we became convinced that the BIG thing God wanted for our church was to get smaller!
 
What?
 
We were already a small church. We’ve been a small church for the last 50+ years and we learned that in order to become a big church we would have to change a lot of the things that we thought made us a good small church.
 
So instead of trying to get bigger. We are going to try to be a small church that starts other small churches all around the region. Rather than asking people to come to us – we want to be people who really go into the world.
 

Our Values

Here is an acronym that embodies a lot of what we hold dear in life and ministry:
GOSPEL. On it’s own it means “good news!”
God’s Word as an action plan. The Bible should be read, studied and even memorized but above all- lived out!
Organic Outreach. We are not against big programs and events but prefer sharing our faith in more natural, relational ways.
Serving to build community (over giveaways and handouts). We don’t want to hurt people we’re trying to help.
Participation or the idea of a “priesthood of all believers.” The church is a body and to work right all its members need to be working right.
Editable Relationships. None of us are perfect. We own that. We can all make each other better. We want that.
Life Transformation. We were dead but are alive, we are lost but now we’re found. Following Jesus means a life of growth and transformation.