FIRST CITY CHURCH EXISTS TO GLORIFY GOD BY
MAKING DISCIPLES, PLANTING CHURCHES,
AND CULTIVATING SPIRITUAL RENEWAL THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
Our mission starts with a passion for the glory of God. Every human being is driven by a sense of glory. We live for the fame, the praise, the honor, the enjoyment of something. The gospel invites us to trade the lesser glory of created things for the infinite glory of our Creator. Compelled by his greatness, we orient our lives around him and his mission.
Therefore we make disciples. To be a Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus (Acts 11:26) – a learner, a follower, an apprentice. Jesus commissioned his church to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), which involves baptism (a symbol of initial faith in Jesus Christ) and teaching (the ongoing re-forming of our lives in Christ). The primary mission of the church is to lead people to faith in Jesus and to form them as disciples of Jesus.
We plant churches. As more and more people become disciples of Jesus, new churches are birthed. Church planting refers to the active multiplication of new churches – and this is the primary mission strategy we see in the New Testament. The book of Acts depicts the spread of a church-planting movement throughout Asia and Europe. Almost all of Paul’s letters were written to new churches either he or someone else he knew had started. We follow this biblical pattern by investing time, resources, and energy to launch, grow, and sustain new churches.
We cultivate spiritual renewal through the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe deeply that the gospel is the key to ongoing spiritual renewal. Without renewal, churches die. Without renewal, Christians tire. Without renewal, hearts grow cold toward God’s love. So we preach the gospel regularly to ourselves, we work to maintain a gospel culture within our church, and we help others discover the transforming power of the gospel by providing content, coaching, training, collaboration, and hospitality.