I’m very thankful that Grace Community Church is a healthy, growing church here in the Denver metro area. It is an honor and a privilege to lead such a great community of people- I LOVE MY CHURCH! Many times I’m asked about the culture of GCC and rather than unpack all the things that make us who we are and what we’re about, I’ve listed the key elements below.
Vision and Mission Strategy: GCC exists to see lives transformed in the greater Denver area as they encounter God’s amazing grace!
To facilitate this we’ve created THREE DISTINCT ENVIRONMENTS:
- LEARN– our Weekend Gatherings! No matter where someone may be on their spiritual journey, our weekend services will offer everyone a powerful and practical worship, teaching, and connecting experience!
- LIVE– our Life Groups! We believe everyone needs a place and people where they can practice applying their faith in an atmosphere of transparency, truth, and trust so it can be better lived in the everyday moments!
- Serve– our Causes! We prioritize and provide opportunities for everyone to get involved in serving others both in and outside the church; everything we do has a legitimate cause connected to it!
To facilitate the above strategy more effectively we have created 5 KEY CONNECTION POINTS…
GROWTH- Our church exists for people far from God, and we want you to invite people in your life to experience the life-changing message of Jesus in one of our worship experiences.
GIFTS- God has equipped each of us with unique gifts and skill sets. At GCC, we provide you opportunities to use your talents to serve God’s vision in and through the local church.
GIVING- At GCC we consider it a privilege to give back to God what He has so freely given to us. We celebrate generosity and the work God does through our sacrificial giving.
GROUPS- Participating in a small group is the best way to build community and foster spiritual growth at GCC. Through our Life Groups, you can connect with others as you grow in your relationship with Christ.
GO- At GCC we encourage and support a diversity of missions, outreaches, causes, projects locally and internationally, and missional partnerships. There are a variety of ways you get involved in these efforts to expand the kingdom of God.
Ultimately everything we are and do as a church is shaped and driven by our core values…
THE GCC ETHOS
We understand that there is really only one Gospel message but there are many different churches who share that message in multiplied ways and methods. Yet every church has it’s own personality, culture, and ethos- it’s characteristics and ideals. To help maintain our unity, tone, philosophy, and trajectory, we developed 12 core values as a church that make us unique. We call it The GCC Ethos.
1. WE ACT IN AUDACIOUS FAITH
In order to positively influence and impact a city with the gospel of Jesus, we can’t think small. We will set impossible goals, take bold steps of faith, and watch God move.
2. WE ARE A FAMILY
We believe every person has the right to belong, to be treated with unconditional love and respect, and to be a significant part of creating a community that is built on truth, transparency, and trust.
3. WE ARE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THAN OURSELVES
GCC is only one of many churches in our city, our region, our nation, and our world committed to declaring and demonstrating the gospel of Jesus. We will intentionally partner and network, as well as multi-site and plant, so the kingdom of God can be expanded exponentially.
4. WE ARE UNITED UNDER ONE VISION
GCC is built on the vision God gave us to Reach, Raise, Resource, and Release a generation of Jesus followers and servant leaders. We will aggressively defend our unity and that vision.
5. WE WILL NOT COMPROMISE THE GCC CULTURE
We refuse to cater to personal preference in our mission to reach this city. We are more concerned with the people we are trying to reach than the people we are trying to keep.
6. WE WILL EMBRACE THE EDGE OF CHAOS
Our greatest source of inspiration and innovation will come from the Spirit of God in the places where disorder meets order, where Christ meets culture, where death meets life, and where we feel most overwhelmed and at risk.
7. WE ARE TARGET, NOT THE MALL
We are many different ministries, teams, and groups all functioning under one vision and one bottom line. We are not independent of each other, but are interdependent in our relationship, connectivity, and accountability.
8. WE ARE THE RITZ-CARLTON, NOT THE MOTEL 6
Simplicity enables excellence. We place a disproportionate value on creating a worship experience that boldly celebrates Jesus and attracts people far from God.
9. WE ARE ALL ABOUT THE NUMBERS
Tracking metrics measures effectiveness. We unapologetically set goals and measure progress through all available quantitative means.
10. WE WON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL
We will always maintain a posture of learning. We will adopt and adapt, will give credit willingly, and will incorporate a variety of influences into our methodology.
11. WE WILL PLATFORM JESUS AND NOT POLITICS
We will speak vision and life over our people. We will lift up the salvation of Jesus rather than using our platform to politicize, condemn. or manipulate.
12. WE WILL LET YOU SEE BEHIND THE CURTAIN
We will cultivate and encourage environments of transparency, truth, and trust. We have nothing to hide and everything to share.
I hope by sharing this, you have a better understand of Grace Community Church- WHO we are and WHAT we are all about!