City Church exists to seek Eugene's flourishing through the power of the gospel.
"Love the Lord your God…” All humans are image-bearers of God and therefore only truly flourish when restored, by the power of the gospel, to their Creator in love, worship, and service to God’s mission for the world. Through the preaching and demonstration of the gospel of Jesus we invite others to find their humanity restored in love for God.
“… and your neighbor as yourself.” The law and the gospel are clear: we are to love the sojourner and stranger among us because that is what God has done by pursuing and redeeming us while “we were yet enemies.” We embody love through transgressive hospitality for our neighbor, the foundation for our proclamation and demonstration of God’s love. This is the compelling invitation to flourishing through the power of the gospel.
love the city
“Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…” Eugene/Springfield is a community with approximately 350K people, where ~75% of the population claim no religious affiliation. WE LOVE IT. We believe God loves it and cares about its flourishing. We eagerly seek and celebrate goodness, beauty, and truth wherever it is displayed in our city, while also serving to compassionately heal and repair brokenness when revealed.
“through the power of the gospel”
The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.—Tim Keller
We believe that human flourishing -salvation- comes truly, only, through the restoring power of the gospel. Just as Adam and Eve closed their hands in grasping for life apart from God, we too have rebelled and grasped. In Jesus, God has open-handedly given the gift of life and restored relationship that we lost in our grasping.
We believe that the message of who Jesus is and what he accomplished in his life, death, and resurrection is the power of God for personal and communal restoration and transformation.
We are, therefore, committed to proclaiming the “good news” that “God so loved that he gave…”; Jesus is God’s open-handed gift for the redemption of rebels and restoration of the world. In all we do, we will invite believers and non to rest in and receive this gift.
WE WILL BE GOSPEL-CENTERED IN ALL WE DO.
“we exist to seek”
It is not so much that God has a mission for his church in the world, but that God has a church for his mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission—God’s mission. —C J. Wright
Eugene is surrounded by tremendous natural beauty that is echoed in and inspires its rich and varied culture, whether in business, performing arts, food, or even beer. At the same time, brokenness and need abound, defiling beauty and wounding our humanity.
As we strive to both celebrate beauty alongside our neighbors and bring new healing and life to broken places, we pray God would use our church to bring many people to believe that Jesus has come to heal and restore the world, inducing hope that casts out despair.
We welcome the lonely and wounded to find a new family in our midst, and commit ourselves to God’s work—empowering people to serve our city in every arena, institution, and vocation—with the result that our city and its people would be blessed by our presence and experience the shalom (“wholeness, well-being, peace, flourishing”) of God.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO SEEKING THE WELFARE OF OUR CITY.
Our full humanity is contingent on our hospitality: we can be complete only when we are giving something away. —Alice Water
The Church is the body of Christ, given as a gift, for the life of the world.
Jesus came to restore our relationship to God, each other, our selves, and the creation. The church is a community where that restoration is played out in and for the world. Christ has saved us and by his Spirit we are called and enabled to live together vulnerably and honestly in restored/restoring community.
Through the church, Christ reproduces his life-pattern—incarnation, life, death, and resurrection— and mission, bringing life to the world. The church is called to incarnate into a culture, to live and die for all people, and rejoice in the resurrection life that breaks forth. Christ is our model of church.
The gospel teaches us that we are a community of REDEEMED not RIGHT people. We welcome the broken. Sinners.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO BEING A CHURCH IN AND FOR OUR COMMUNITY.
CityChurchEugene has moved! After years of investigation, prayer, trial and error, counsel, and discussion, we decided it was time for us to move our worship and presence downtown. We began weekly worship at the HiFi Music Hall, on the corner of 7th and Willamette on February 7th, 2016.
We are extremely excited about this opportunity for growth and outreach, and believe it will enable us to more readily pursue our vision and dreams.
Please join us and invite your friends to come along!