Mission, vision, & values
What is our mission?
Our mission is to “Practice the Way of Jesus Together.”
We believe that following Jesus is about much more than a one-time decision. It is a way of life lived out through the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 John 2:5-6 says, “By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” This type of life requires both practice and practices. You don’t accidentally become a disciple, and you don’t become like Jesus overnight. The Christian life was never meant to be lived on your own, but with a community of believers. This is why our mission is “Practicing the Way of Jesus Together.”
What is our Vision?
Our vision is to see 25 Life Groups formed and two churches planted within the next 10 years.
At least 90% of the population that live in and around Keene (Cheshire County) have not experienced a life-changing relationship with Jesus. We desire to be an outwardly focused church that is willing to do whatever it takes for as many of those 90% to personally encounter Jesus and be transformed by His grace. This means being a church that is FOR our city (Jer. 29:4-7), caring about the health and welfare of Keene, and having an active presence in this region while still maintaining an uncompromised Gospel witness. This vision is not confined to just Keene - we also desire to plant churches in other surrounding communities with that same heart for their respective places.
We believe one of the primary ways can accomplish this is through the multiplication of our Life Groups. Life Groups are really just followers of Jesus living like a family on mission. Each group helps spur each other on in their spiritual growth, their relationships with each other, and in their mission to the world. We desire to have at least one Life Group for every 1,000 people in the communities they find themselves in. Our big, ten-year vision is to have at least two church plants and 25 Life Groups launched as a result of disciples being multiplied.
What are our values?
Values are the culture or personality that gives each church its unique flavor.
ForKeene: We desire to be a church that is FOR our city. It is because we want to be a church that is ForKeene that we called ourselves Elm City Church. This means we will seek to partner with our city as much as possible without compromising our Gospel convictions. We believe you can’t effectively reach a place you don’t have a heart for.
Multiplication: We desire to multiply everything that is healthy. This includes disciples, leaders, Life Groups, and churches.
Make it Better: We are willing to try new things, learn, and then try to make it better.
Everybody Plays: We want to help everyone find their place and discover how God has gifted them to contribute to his mission.