WHAT KIND OF CHURCH IS C@CC?
We’re honored to be part of the Southern Baptist Convention. Yep, we’re Baptists, but we’re the good ones! In comparison to a church you may have grown up in, we’re probably going to look and sound a little different. While we share the beliefs that are part of our Baptist heritage, our methods are more modern and a whole lot more fun. We don’t think of ourselves as better; we’re unique, just like you.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Here’s our dress code–please wear something! More specifically, on any given Sunday you’ll find people wearing shorts and t-shirts. Also, you’ll see an occasional dress shirt and tie, but most of us dress casually (you’ll see a lot of denim around here). We don’t get hung up on what you’re wearing, though. Show up in whatever makes you comfortable.
WILL I BE SINGLED OUT, ASKED TO PRAY OUT LOUD, OR MADE TO FEEL GUILTY IF I DON’T GIVE MONEY?
WHAT IS THE CHURCH’S GOAL?
We’re on a mission to help people find and follow Jesus. That’s it–we don’t treat people like numbers, we’re not looking to build a new building or have the coolest worship band in town. We’re just trying to make a really big deal about Jesus.
WHO LEADS THE CHURCH?
We believe Jesus is the head of the Church in all things, and we believe He has established the leadership here at The Church @ Clayton Crossings. We’re a staff-led, elder-protected church. What does that mean? We believe the best leadership model for the church is the one modeled in the New Testament: God’s church must be led by a plurality of godly leaders. Our elders provide spiritual oversight and protect the vision and mission of the church, entrusting the implementation of that direction to ministry leaders and staff. We are thankful for how God is using our elder and staff teams here at The Church @ Clayton Crossings to help people find and follow Jesus. Follow this link to learn more about our leaders.
WHAT ARE YOUR VALUES?
We are transformed by Jesus.
It is our desire to see people made new because of a relationship with Jesus, so we are committed to sharing the truth of God’s grace with our community and to the ends of the earth. No matter what has happened in the past, we believe that by grace through faith in Jesus, it is possible to be reconnected back into an intimate relationship with God. (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 6, Romans 8)
We fully trust God and will always follow where He leads us.
God is completely trustworthy and has demonstrated His faithfulness throughout history. It is through God’s Word that we know who God is, what His expectations are, and the unbelievable grace given to us through the gift of Jesus. God’s Word, made alive to us by the work of the Holy Spirit, is the source of our teaching and allows us to discover a better way to live. We are committed to developing our life to align with Jesus and His teaching. (Matthew 7:24-25; John 1:14; Romans 6:4)
We believe that ministry moves at the speed of relationship.
Ministry moves at the speed of relationship. We will always look for opportunities to become an authentic and trusted friend in order to share the life-changing message of salvation through Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus, we strive to walk together in unity and love to become more like Him. (Mark 2; Matthew 28; Acts 2:42-47; Acts 4:32-35)
We are most like God when we are outlandishly generous.
God gives to us so He can give through us. Everything we have is a gift from God and we want to give back to Him and give generously in His name. We believe that every partner is a missionary who leverages their God-given gifts for the benefit of others, both inside and outside the church. (Matthew 6:19-21; Romans 12; Galatians 5; 1 John 3:16-18)
We will always bring our best.
We will do whatever it takes to help people find and follow Jesus. Using our spiritual gifts, passions, creativity, abilities, and resources, we will remove all obstacles so that people have the best opportunity to encounter Jesus, allowing Him to do what only He can do in their life. To reach people no one is reaching, we will have to do things no one is doing. (Ecclesiastes 9:10; Romans 12:11; Colossians 3:23-24)
WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY?
We’re committed to fulfilling our mission by incorporating a biblical strategy. The four components of our strategy are found in two important passages of Scripture: The Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and The Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20):
Connect [Community Groups]: We’re connected with God by our relationship with Jesus Christ, but a core component of God’s mission for us is to connect with other people to point them to Jesus. We believe ministry happens in the context of and at the speed of relationship.
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.” Romans 12:4-5
Discover [Evangelism]: God rescued us because He loves us. We discover His purpose for life in a relationship with Him.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Serve [Serving others]: The Church at Clayton Crossings is a missional church—that means we, as individuals, do what missionaries do: study and become part of the culture, learn the language, proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and contextualize biblical life and church for the culture.
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10
Develop [Spiritual growth and leadership development]: Christianity is a movement to be advanced, not an institution to be maintained. As a follower of Jesus, we must always say “yes” to Jesus when He asks us to take the next step in our spiritual maturity. If you don’t step up when God asks you to lead, you hurt yourself, the church, and the community. Church leaders are here to do ministry with you, not for you.
“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12
Still have questions? Send us an email–we’d love to hear from you!