If you're reading this letter it's probably because you're curious and you're exploring the Faith Community Church website. It's usually hard to really understand the soul of an organization, like a church, through the distance of a web page. In spite of this reality, I write to you because I think you probably want to know a bit about the soul of our church.
Faith Community Church honestly doesn't have a five-year master plan for how we're going to become "the best and brightest" church in Santa Cruz. Our main goals are not about chasing bigger attendance, bigger budgets, and buildings to own. Our main goal is to see God's transformative power work through the people of this church to the point that it produces fruit in our city that can only be explained by the presence of God in our church.
The first kind of fruit we seek is more people entering into eternal and abundant life through Jesus Christ. We don't care if this happens only through our outreaches and our ministries. We're just as happy if this happens when we support new missions that don't have our name on it, or collaborate with other pastors and their churches. We don't care if a new believer ends up attending Faith Community Church in the end. We only care about playing an active part in the process, whether directly or indirectly, that ultimately brings more people into salvation through Jesus.
The second kind of fruit we seek is better disciples of Jesus Christ. We believe that even if we were to have a big building, big attendance and a big budget but the vast majority of our people weren't walking in the way of Jesus, and were living lives that pretty much walked and talked like any average American, then we'd be blowing it. It's important to us that we be the kind of healthy church that is theologically sound, leadership sound, and structurally sound so that we can help every believer grow into maturity. As Paul the Apostle described it in Colossians 1:28 "We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ."
if you're seeking to explore who Jesus is, we're a faith community that would love the opportunity to introduce you to Him and the abundant life He offers. If you're a believer looking for an authentic church that isn't about itself and our "brand," but about the long hard work in the same direction of making disciples of Jesus. We welcome you to come and see what we're about.
May God bless your search for a community of faith