Though the word 'connect' isn't used specifically the Bible it is very apparent that God is very interested in our relationships.Obviously, his primary concern is that we 'connect' with Him but God is also interested in repairing and deepening our other relationships. At WDCC, we take connecting seriously at all levels. The chart below (from the center outward indicates the ease of connecting with people) illustrates the kind of relational connecting we strive for. We want our relationships with everyone to be authentic, open and loving. All people have been created in the image of God and therefore, Everyone has value. It may take time for us to get to know you and you us. We may blow it once and a while but it is our desire to get to know each other well - at the deepest levels of our humanity.
Helping people find their way back to God and grow in their relationship with God and others.
We believe God is calling us to deeply impact our church family with a greater understanding of God’s Word and its practical application, motivating us to introduce Jesus to our communities by authentic love and service without strings attached.
…to deeply impact our church family with a greater understanding of God’s Word
At WDCC you will learn the Scriptures well if you desire. We will formulate a process so that everyone, at every level of spiritual maturity, who chooses to invest the time will understand:
The contents of Bible
The historical context of the Bible and Christian History
We will also focus on
Multiplying teachers and potential leaders
And help everyone develop a comprehensive Christian worldview
…it’s practical application,
We will hold each other accountable in what we have learned.
We will seek inner transformation never outward conformation.
We seek to model Christ in these main areas – our personal lives, our families, in our workplaces/schools and in our communities. This presupposes that we will proactively seek and develop relationships in all these areas.
motivating us to introduce Jesus to our communities
We will begin to focus our ministries outside of the church property and into the communities we live in.
We will always make sure what we do has an outward missional focus.
Hardship, difficulties and being uncomfortable will never dissuade us.
by authentic love and service without strings attached.
Our main avenue in sharing Jesus will be to truly love and serve those that are far from God.
We will proactively seek out ways to do acts of kindness in our communities.
We will train ourselves to effectively share Jesus when God provides an opportunity to share the hope we have.
We will invest in long-term relationships with lost people and literally follow the command to “go” to where they are.
For our full Statement of Faith click HERE.
For downloadable resources and documents click HERE
Our Core Values help us remain focused on the “main thing”
and provide the motivation for why we do what we do.
We are committed to intentionally living out the gospel with our lives. We believe in pastoring one another and sharing the gospel with unbelievers. We challenge one another to be sacrificial, servant-hearted, risk-taking and flexible because the Gospel has priority over our comfort, preferences, security and traditions.
Recognizing that God is sovereign and the main driver of mission, we view prayer not only as an intimate conversation with God but as a missionary activity. We will pray for unbelieving friends and neighbors. Prayer must be both a regular community discipline and an impromptu response to the needs and opportunities around us. We will not assume that we are in control of anything but bring everything to God in prayer that he may receive the glory.
We want our lives and life together to be formed in shaped by the Bible’s story of redemption. We believe the Bible to be the reliable, authoritative and sufficient Word of God and therefore, we are committed to learning the Scriptures and applying what we learn to our lives effectively. We will not act on the basis of tradition or habit without reflecting on what the Bible has to say. We will not see Bible teaching as an end in itself, but as that which must shape our thinking and action.
We are committed to communicating the gospel message in the context of a gospel community. We want people to experience church as a network of relationships rather than a meeting you attend or a place that you enter. Buildings are not the main focus of a missional community. We are also committed to sharing our lives in Christian community, by caring for one another, discipling one another, loving one another and resolving conflict. We will not let any conflict continue unresolved.
We are committed to welcoming broken people and making church accessible to unbelievers. We want to offer a sense of belonging, and be a community of grace in which people can be open and vulnerable, seeking God without coercion. We will never let our welcome and acceptance be dependent on adherence to cultural norms nor standards not demanded by the gospel. We will serve people without strings attached in order that they may see a visible manifestation of the love of Jesus. We will see all people as those created in the image of God, loved by God and thus having great worth.
EVERYONE A MINISTER
We are committed to every Christian seeing themselves as a missionary and exercising gospel ministry in every aspect of their lives regardless of their level of spiritual maturity or physical age. We will proactively seek to develop deep relationships and share the gospel with unbelievers in accordance with our spiritual gifts and passions. We believe leadership is important but leaders are facilitators and equippers of the gospel ministry rather than those who exercise control over ministry.
The Baptism and Membership Process
The baptism process at WDCC has been designed to be both simple and meaningful—each step has been carefully planned with you in mind:
[ ] Attend the Membership Class: The class called “FOUNDATIONS” will further inform you about the details of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and give you an overview of the kind of church we want to be. These classes are scheduled throughout the year. Contact the pastor for information about the next class.
[ ] Meet with the Church Leadership: We would love to hear the story on how you came to trust in Jesus.
[ ] Prepare Something to Say: Though this step is optional, It would be an awesome moment as you share briefly a short testimony as to what Jesus has done for you or what He means to you right before you get baptized.
[ ] Schedule a Date to be Baptized
At WDCC we link membership with baptism. Part of the meaning of baptism is not only to identify with Jesus but also to identify with His people. If you said you liked me but didn't like my wife, I would be offended. In the same way, It doesn’t make sense to want to be identified with Jesus but not with His Bride.
To become a member of WDCC you must…
…have made a personal decision to follow Jesus.
…been baptized by immersion.
…agree with and sign our church doctrinal statement and covenant without reservation.