PURPOSE

Why We Are

Many people wonder why anyone should bother starting new churches. Aren’t there enough churches already, particularly given the decreasing number of people who attend church? Starting new churches is not, however, about swapping church attendees, but helping connect people who are disconnected.

Our purpose at Community Church can be best understood in two interconnected statements.

1. To be a church in, with, of, and for Richfield.

A church IN Richfield.

We are present in Richfield. We intentionally invest here — living here, shopping here, and playing here.

A church WITH Richfield.

We listen to and come alongside other people and organizations in Richfield. We acknowledge that we are in this together.

A church OF Richfield.

We desire to be a church comprised of Richfield people, mirroring the population is all of its diversity. We aren’t there yet.

A church FOR Richfield.

Being a church in, with, and of Richfield, we leverage the strengths of our city in order to contribute to long-term community development solutions.

2. A church of people in ongoing pursuit of Jesus together.

A church of people ...

A church is not a building you go to or an event you attend. A church is a group of people committing their lives to following Jesus in everyday ways. We do this in Richfield hoping others will want to join us.

... ongoing pursuit of Jesus ...

None of us have faith and life figured out. We are all people in process working to follow Jesus the best we know how.

...together.

We don’t go through life alone and do not follow Jesus alone. We are part of what Scripture calls “a cloud of witnesses,” joining with other followers of Jesus who have gone before us, journey beside us, and will come behind us.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” -Jesus (Matthew 11.28-30)