Vision and Values
Reaching and Shaping a generation with the message and cause of Christ
The church we see is Christ Centred, Purpose Driven and People Empowering.
The church we see is large! We see a church with thousands of adults and children. The church is bursting with life, with hundreds of initiatives and departments focused on changing lives, changing our community and changing the perception of church.
The church we see has a strong sense of family. Family is engendered through a network of small groups across the city and the region beyond.
The church we see is passionate. Meetings are hallmarked with exuberant praise, intimate worship and inspiring preaching.
The church we see has a world-class music band, with its members writing songs that flow around the nation and the world. People come to encounter the presence of God in worship.
The church we see is a haven of hope, where the hurting and disenfranchised find purpose, acceptance and help.
The church we see is concerned for the poor and known for its generous giving and help towards those in need.
The church we see gives beyond the call of duty in time, energy, commitment and money.
The church we see has multiple departments committed to reaching out to our community.
The church we see is known for excellence in all it does. It has a reputation for always doing things well.
The church we see is hallmarked by mercy and humility. People of all ages, classes and cultures worship and serve God together.
The church we see equips and mentors. It sends people out to affect our city, our nation and the nations.
The church we see is constantly reaching beyond its borders. Guests are treated with honour and everyone looks out for the interests of others.
The church we see owns a large campus from which it impacts the city day in, day out. It also has additional smaller buildings in various communities across Cambridge. These are local centres serving and promoting authentic community.
The church we see has a Music & Worship Academy and a leadership training school.
The church we see partners with and influences government, education, business and commerce. Its size, excellence, integrity and actions demonstrate credibility and a willingness to make a difference.
The church we see has a leadership team pulling in the same direction. It’s an empowering leadership, hallmarked by serving and self sacrifice and committed to seeing people live great lives.
Here are C3’s top 10 values:
1. We value lost people
Lost people matter to God and therefore matter to us. We are committed to reaching people who don’t yet know Jesus Christ. We believe God doesn’t want anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9) and that we must employ all possible means to save some (1 Corinthians 9:22). God gave His only Son for this reason (John 3:16) and therefore we will give of ourselves in order to see this mission fulfilled. Growth is not an optional extra but a commitment whilst there are still people far away from God in our world. This of necessity involves preaching the gospel but it also involves acts of kindness and serving the poor and disadvantaged.
2. We value making disciples
Conversion is the beginning of the story not the end because we are called to make disciples who obey everything Jesus taught (Matthew 28: 20). Disciples are learners, apprentices of Christ who are continually growing and developing as fully devoted followers. Our goal is to present every person mature in Christ (Colossians 1:28). Devoted followers will consequently live prayerful and careful lives in fellowship with others (Acts 2:42). No one thrives in an atmosphere of negativity and therefore encouragement is key to developing disciples (Hebrew 10:23-25). Our goal is to build ‘big people’ who flourish in the house of God, playing their part and making a difference in the community.
3. We value Word and Spirit
We believe the bible is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12) and that: “All Scripture is God-breathed… useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16). We are dependent upon the power and presence of the Holy Spirit to fill and empower believers to be effective witnesses (Acts 1:8), fruitful followers (Galatians 5:22) and essential members of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12).
4. We value excellence
God is a God of excellence who does all things well (Psalm 8:1 & Mark 7:37). Therefore, when we engage in excellence we reflect him (Daniel 6:3). Excellence is not about a nit picking perfectionism but rather being and doing the best we can with the resources God has entrusted to us. Excellence matters because people matter and because we want to give our best to God.
5. We value passionate Christianity
Passionate Christianity is normal. The bible is clear that ‘whatever’ we do we are to do it with all our heart (Colossians 3:23). Jesus was passionate for the house of God (John 2:17), as we should be. Nothing great is ever achieved without passion and passion is persuasive. We are to “never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour serving the Lord” (Romans 12:11). This affects how we serve, sing, worship, speak and act. This passion will be expressed in many and various ways and will always overflow in to our corporate worship.
6. We value having fun
Joy is a natural consequence of being a Christian (Galatians 5:22). The Kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:17). Joy gives us energy and sustains us on the journey (Nehemiah 8:10 & Hebrews 1:9). Cheerfulness helps us stay healthy: “A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).
7. We value generosity
Generosity reflects God’s nature. He is a generous giver (John 3:16). Our heart will follow where we place our treasure (Luke 12:34) and thus we encourage people to give of their time, treasure and talents to C3.
Giving to those who can never repay us is a way of life required of all God’s people. Justice for the poor and giving to the poor are essential concerns for all Christians (Proverbs 29:7 & 28:27).
8. We value community
God’s answer to Adam’s aloneness was community (Genesis 2:18). God places the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6). We all need a place to belong, where we are accepted and part of the family. C3 is a family. We need each other and everyone has a part to play (1 Corinthians 12:27). There is no such thing as an insignificant member of the body of Christ and we believe every member is a minister. Each person’s gift(s) are discovered, developed and deployed for the benefit of the whole, and none of us can be our best without each other.
9. We value honour
We live to honour God (John 5:23). We are also instructed to give honour where it’s due to our fellow man (Romans 13:7). Lack of honouring will restrict what we receive from someone (Mark 6:2-6). Correctly honouring releases faith and our ability to fully receive from others. Honour swims against the flow of envy and competition as we ‘in humility consider others better than yourselves…” (Philippians 2:2). We think the best way to honour people is to serve all (Mark 9:35) and encourage often (Hebrew 3:13).
10. We value grace
Every human being is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27) and therefore worthy of respect and dignity. Grace accepts people without necessarily approving of their actions (Luke 19:5 & John 8:11). Grace takes the initiative to reach out to others different to ourselves (John 1:16). By grace we are saved and grace sustains us through life (Ephesians 2:8 & 2 Corinthians 12:9). Therefore grace will be present in our preaching, relationships and attitudes as a hallmark attribute for all who call C3 their home.