THE FEDERATED CHURCH
WHO WE ARE AND WHO WE WANT TO BE
We bring Christ’s everlasting hope, peace, and love to life through God’s inspiring Word and our Spirit-led actions.
We are caring, authentic, and adventurous people who come from a variety of Christian backgrounds. We share a commitment to love, to serve, and to leave the world better than we found it.
Nourished by God, we are driven to speak the truth in our homes; build connections in fellowship; and carry peace and healing to our community, region, country, and beyond.
OPEN HEARTS. OPEN MINDS. OPEN ARMS.
We engage in relevant conversations, build invigorating relationships and restore fractured spirits.
Jesus Christ invites us to worship and fellowship and sends us to:
-connect with people seeking faith by sharing our lives and our stories.
-connect with people of all generations, growing in faith as we partner in mission and ministry with one another.
-connect with the community beyond our church doors.
-assume our role in denominational missions and leadership.
-develop opportunities for all ages to participate together in mission in our community and beyond.
-partner with our fellow Christians in Guatemala and elsewhere.
OUR CORE VALUES
As we fulfill our mission, it is important that:
-we acknowledge that it is God’s grace that makes us who we are, and makes us capable to do more than we can imagine.
-we remember our core beliefs as expressed in our membership covenant.
-we continue our tradition of innovative, quality worship and programs through the help of professional clergy, staff and trained leaders.
“Federated” describes our united mission and ministry. We are two denominations – The Presbyterian Church (USA) and The United Church of Christ – working and worshiping together since 1911. To read a more detailed history of The Federated Church, click on History under the About section.
We are Christian. We belong to the family of churches that proclaim Christ crucified and risen, and supreme Head of the Church. We observe baptism and communion, following Christ’s command to do so, and seek to be his disciples in our daily walk.
We are Reformed. We belong to the tradition that dates back to the Reformation, and the ideas of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and John Knox.
“Reformed” means we:
-affirm the great “Solas” of the Reformation: Sola Fide (by faith alone), Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), Solus Christus (through Christ alone), Sola Gratia (by grace alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone).
-affirm and promote a profoundly high view of the sovereignty of God.
-affirm the doctrine of grace: to see God as the author of salvation from beginning to end.
-are creedal: we affirm one or more of the great confessions of the historic orthodox church (see e.g. the Westminster Confession)
-are covenantal: we affirm the great covenants of Scripture and see those covenants as the means by which God interacts with and accomplishes His purposes in His creation, with mankind.
-take seriously the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20; we affirm the primacy of mission and seek to live that mission.
-practice the ‘Priesthood of All Believers’, recognizing the gifts for ministry given to each of us.
-have a distinctly Christian worldview that permeates all of life.