XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church—items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is the Employee Handbook of Christ Community Church of Chicago, Illinois.
Message from the Senior Pastor
Welcome to the staff of Christ Community Church! We are excited that you have joined our team to use your gifts, talents and treasures to serve Jesus Christ, the community of believers and the many seekers who walk through our doors. It is a tremendous responsibility and privilege and we know God will be glorified and honored through your service with us.
As a staff, we are committed to working together to share the saving message of Jesus Christ. Working in ministry can be demanding and often requires extraordinary effort, but it is rewarding as well. We know the eternal impact of your service in ministry will outweigh anything the world has to offer.
We hope you experience genuine community that is such an integral part of our staff. I look forward to partnering with you in the building of Christ’s Kingdom.
History of Christ Community Church
Christ Community Church is an evangelical, contemporary worshipping, seeker-sensitive church with strong reformed leanings. Senior Pastor Jim Nicodem received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, and his Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
A Brief History
Jim and his wife Sue, along with six other couples, began meeting in October of 1984 to plan a church for the unchurched. The first service was held in December of 1984 in what was then known as the St. Charles Mall Theater. Over the first six years, in various rented facilities, Christ Community grew to over 700 weekend attenders.
In 1990, a first-phase facility was built on forty acres of prime real estate purchased in the northwest area of St. Charles. A second phase addition was completed in 1995. The third phase was completed in 2003 with the addition of a 1,500-seat auditorium and atrium. In 2004, an additional 500 seats were added to the balcony, bringing the total seating capacity in the main auditorium to 2,000. Today, Christ Community Church has over 3,500 attenders at our weekend services at the St. Charles Campus. Another 750 people are regularly attending at the DeKalb campus, which first opened at the Pen’s Point market building in October of 2004. In November 2006, we added our third campus when we received confirmation on the adoption of the existing Blackberry Creek Church in the Aurora/Sugar Grove area. In September 2011, the church launched its fourth campus in the Oak Room of the Bartlett Community Center.
Christ Community regards itself as a “seeker church with depth.” While there exists a strong passion to reach the lost, there is a clear love and passion for Scripture, worship and discipleship of believers.
Christ Community Church is a “Staff-directed, Elder-protected” ministry. At present, there are approximately one hundred full and part-time staff members at four campuses. Our “Structure of Ministry” booklet can provide more detailed information on the leadership structure of the church, including the role of the Elder and Trustee boards.
Christ Community has a strong, healthy staff who are deeply committed to the Lord, to each other and to the community in which God has placed them. The surrounding communities are growing rapidly and the church is positioned to make a difference for Christ and His Glory.
Motto, Motive and Mission Statements
Motto: Know Christ: Make Him Known
Motive: Loving God. Loving People (Matt. 22:37-39 and 28:19-20)
Mission: Make Disciples of Jesus Christ (Who Are …)
Weekend Service attendance Belonging C.G. Study
Conversion experience CG participation
Baptism Baptism class
Community Group membership
Romans 12:5—So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Personal Bible Study CG studies
Stewardship Financial Freedom/FPU
Prayer 24/7 Prayer
Peter 3:18—But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to Him be glory both now and forever! Amen!
Serving the Body Discovering Your Ministry
Serving the Broken Serving C.G. Study
Matthew 20:26b—Whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.
Personal Evangelism CG studies
Reaching the World International Impact
Acts 1:8—But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Statement of Faith
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus, at one and the same time, speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles, and vocabularies of the human authors (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 1 Pet. 1:10-12, 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and without error in the original writings. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God (Matt. 5:17-20).
We believe there is one, true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and characteristics of personality (Deut. 6:4-5, Matt. 28:19).
In the beginning, God created, out of nothing, the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His infinite power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power, He continues to sustain His creation and to fulfill His redemptive purposes (Gen. 1:1-2, Acts 17:28, Heb. 1:3).
Jesus Christ is the eternal second person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by the miraculous conception of the Holy Spirit, being born of a virgin. Thus, He is fully God and fully Man (John 1:1-2, Luke 1:26-37).
He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, according to the Scriptures. Thus, He satisfied divine justice and accomplished salvation for all who trust in Him alone (Heb. 4:14-16, Heb. 10:5-18).
He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and Man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God (Luke 24, 1 Tim. 2:5-6, Heb. 7:23-25, Acts 1:11, 1 Thes. 4:13-18).
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the mind of sinners, awakens in them recognition of their need of a Savior, and regenerates them (John 3:5-8, John 16:7-15).
At the point of salvation, He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength, and wisdom, and uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of His people. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scriptures. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ-like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father (John 14:16-18, 1 Cor. 12:13, Gal. 5:22-25, Eph. 1:13-14, Eph. 5:18).
The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created in God’s image to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way. He thus became sinful, suffering alienation from God and the corruption of his human nature (John 5:39-40, Eph. 2:1-3).
The fall of mankind took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God’s free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness, and must be personally appropriated by repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (Gen. 3, Rom. 3:9-26, Rom. 5:12, Eph. 2:4-10).
When God begins a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its completion. The fact that God has begun and is continuing such work in an individual’s life is demonstrated by that person’s perseverance in the faith (Phil. 1:6, John 6:38-40, John 10:27-29, 1 Pet. 1:3-5).
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. Unbelievers will be separated from God into everlasting condemnation, God’s judgment thus revealing His just response to their own rejection of God. Believers will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in this life (Matt. 25:31-46, Rev. 20:11-15, 1 Cor. 3:12-15, 1 Cor. 15:12-28).
The corollary of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the Church. There is one true Church universal, comprised of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (1 Cor. 12-13, Eph. 4:3-6).
Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through the development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world (Acts 2:42-47, Heb. 10:23-25, 1 Cor. 12:12-27).
Wherever God’s people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the Church. Under the watchcare of elders and the supportive leadership of deacons, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent on the one ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Eph. 1:11-12, 1 Pet. 2:9).
Faith and Practice
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience in individual areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she is ultimately responsible (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
We believe this Statement of Faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. All members shall refrain from advocating doctrines that are not included in this Statement of Faith in such a way as to cause dissensions (1 Tim. 1:3-7, 1 Tim. 4:7-8, 16).
The Bible is God’s uniquely inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21) and the means by which we come to know him (2 Tim. 3:15; Rom. 10:17) and His will for our lives (Matt. 4:4; Psa. 119:105; Psa. 19:7-9). Corporately, we teach the Bible in a relevant way that emphasizes the application of its truths for life-transformation (James 1:23-25; Matt. 7:24-27). Leaders must become skilled in the use of Scripture as their most important tool for making disciples of others (2 Tim. 2:15). On a personal basis, we encourage Bible reading, study and memorization (Psa. 1:1-3; Josh. 1:8; Psa. 119:11).
Just as Jesus came to earth to seek and to save spiritually lost people (Luke 19:10), so this is our primary mission as a church (John 20:21; Luke 15:4-7; Matt. 28:19). We best accomplish this as we invest ourselves in the lives of unbelievers (Matt. 9:9-13; 1 Cor. 9:19-23), inform them of what God has done in us (i.e. “our story:” Mark 5:19-20; John 9:25; Acts 22:2-16) as a result of Christ’s saving work on the cross (i.e. “His story:” 1 Pet. 3:18; Rom. 1:16), and invite them to a service, special event, or group where this message will be reinforced in the context of a loving community (John 1:40-42; 4:28-29).
Scripture exhorts us to pray continually (1 Thes. 5:17). This was the practice of the early church whose members were devoted to prayer (Acts 2:42). The church was birthed at a prayer meeting (Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-4). When these believers faced opposition, they responded by praying so passionately that the place where they were gathered shook and they went out from there with boldness and power (Acts 4:23-31). The church’s leaders saw prayer as one of their primary responsibilities (Acts 6:2-4). While they were praying, God led them to appoint the apostle Paul to be the church’s first missionary (Acts 13:2-3). We want prayer to be woven throughout our ministry as well. Prayer will be a key ingredient of our worship services, Community Group gatherings and leadership meetings. The staff will set aside time each week, corporately and individually, to pray for the church. Bands of prayer partners will pray during the weekend sermons. Prayer counselors and elders will be available for prayer after every service. A prayer team will intercede for needs that are called in or registered on welcome cards. We will make disciples who pray.
While the word, “worship,” describes the total surrendering of ourselves to God (Rom. 12:1), it can also refer to the specific activity of exalting Him with songs of praise (Psa. 100:2). Our weekend services are intended for corporate worship. We desire to balance spirit and truth in these services (John 4:23-24)—that is, to worship with both heart-felt enthusiasm and solid, biblical content. Insights from God’s Word are interspersed among several songs. We also value a balance of old and new. The old connects us with believers of previous eras, provides worshippers with something that is familiar and demonstrates a respect for tradition. Hymns, creeds, communion and written prayers represent the old. The new is reflected in contemporary worship songs (Psa. 96:1).
Another attempt at balance is our selection of musical styles. Just as the early church valued variety in this regard—singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Col. 3:16)—so do we. We believe that a creative God is honored by this approach and that it reflects the diversity of the body of Christ. A final concern for balance is evidenced by our desire to make our worship accessible to both believers and seekers. We hope that the latter group will experience God’s presence and be drawn to Him (i.e. worship evangelism). In an effort to promote the daily personal worship of God, we offer a list of over 250 attributes, names and titles of God that can be used to stimulate prayers of praise.
The Bible commands those who put their faith in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins to declare this new allegiance through baptism (Acts 2:36-38). Baptism does not “save” us, as Scripture makes clear that we are saved through faith and not by good works of any kind (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5). On the other hand, baptism is an extremely important step of obedience in a believer’s life (Acts 2:41; 8:12, 36; 9:18; 10:47-48; 16:14-15, 30-33; 18:8) and one to be taken as soon as possible. It is the outward act by which a person symbolizes an internal transformation that has been brought about by identifying with Jesus in His victory over sin through death and resurrection (Rom. 6:3-4). Jesus says that He will not acknowledge us before His Father in heaven unless we are willing to acknowledge Him before others on earth (Matt. 10:32-33). Because baptism also identifies us as being members of Jesus’ community, we celebrate it publicly, as a church, during weekend morning services at CCC (i.e. not at Community Group meetings, youth retreats, or any other location/event). The added bonus of this approach is that it gives the many unbelievers who are present an opportunity to hear real-life stories of Christ’s work of salvation.
The only examples in the Bible of people being baptized are those who have first made their own personal decisions to trust Christ for salvation. So we do not baptize infants and we encourage those who were “baptized” as babies to follow the New Testament practice of pursuing baptism after they themselves have asked Christ to become their Savior and Lord. Because of the profound nature of this step, we also encourage children who profess faith in Christ to wait for baptism until they are old enough to understand and appreciate its significance (fourth grade and up).
Because we have been made in the image of a creative God (Gen. 1:1-27), He is pleased and honored when we express ourselves through the arts. Music (Psa. 150:3-5), dance (Psa. 149:3), drama (Jer. 13:1-11; 18:1-16; 32:1-15; Eze. 4:1-13; 5:1-12; 12:1-11) and craftsmanship (Exo. 28:3; 31:6; 35:10, 25, 35; 36:1) play important roles in our ministry as means of praising God, utilizing spiritual gifts, and communicating truth in a creative and compelling fashion.
Spiritual growth is to be expected of every genuine Christ follower (Col.2:6-7; Eph. 4:14-15). Lack of growth is abnormal (Heb. 5:12-14) and quite possibly an indication that a person has not truly been made alive in Christ (Col. 1:22-23). Spiritual growth is not a passive process but requires deliberate effort on the part of a believer (Phil. 2:12; 2 Pet. 1:5-8; 1 Cor. 9:24-27). This takes the form of certain disciplines such as Bible study, prayer, fasting, worship and stewardship. A daily time of meeting with God, as was Jesus’ habit (Mark 1:35), contributes significantly to spiritual growth. The evidence of developing maturity in Christ is fruit—Christ-like character (Gal. 5:22-23), good works (Col. 1:10) and a passion for sharing the good news of salvation with others (Col. 1:6).
Since the earliest days of the Church, believers have found it beneficial to gather together in both large, public meetings as well as small, intimate groups (Acts 2:46; 20:20). Community Groups provide the relational connection that we need in order to grow (Eph. 4:15-16; Heb. 10:24-25). This is the context in which we have the opportunity to practice the “one another” commands of Scripture. As we get to know a handful of fellow Christ followers, we are able to carry each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), encourage one another (Heb. 3:13), teach and admonish one another with Scripture (Col. 3:16), comfort one another in difficult times (2 Cor. 1:3-4) and pray for one another (James 5:16).
As members of Christ’s body, we have the responsibility to speak the truth to one another in love (Eph. 4:15). This requires that we take the initiative to confront fellow believers who are ensnared in serious sins (Gal. 6:1; Matt. 18:15) or to pursue reconciliation with those who have something against us (Matt. 5:23-24). It is highly recommended that every believer find an accountability partner with whom to meet on a regular basis for the purpose of sharing personal and moral struggles, and receiving encouragement and prayer (Gal. 6:1-2; James 5:16). Elders and ministry staff members are required to have such partners.
If individuals persist in sin to the point of doing damage to themselves or to the church, it may become necessary for leaders within the church to confront them (Matt. 18:15-18) and for the offending persons to be rebuked (publicly, if elders or pastors; 1 Tim. 5:20) and possibly removed from fellowship (1 Cor. 5:11-13). This disfellowshipping is intended to be a “wake up” call that will hopefully result in the guilty party’s repentance and restoration to God (1 Cor. 5:15) and to the community of believers (Matt. 18:15b).
Every believer has been gifted by the Holy Spirit for the purpose of building up the body of Christ (Rom. 12:2-8; 1 Cor. 12:7-11, 27-28; Eph. 4:11-13, 16). We discover our spiritual gifts by studying the relevant Scripture passages, evaluating our personal S.H.A.P.E. (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experience), and trying out various ministries. Finding a place to serve requires initiative on each person’s part and should be motivated by a servant’s heart (Mark 10:42-45)—a willingness to jump in and to do “whatever it takes.” Ultimately, we will each have to give God an account of how we have used the gifts He’s given us for His sake (Matt. 25:14-30).
As we serve God we must constantly keep in mind that He is worthy of our best efforts (Mal. 1:6-14). Every job, no matter how small, is to be done with excellence, as unto the Lord (Col. 3:17, 23). Because God gifts us for the work that we do (1 Pet. 4:10-11), it is appropriate that He expects it to be done skillfully—whether we are making music (1 Chro. 15:22; 25:7; Psa. 33:3), or building something (1 Chro. 22:15-16), or leading others (Psa. 78:72). In order to maintain this high standard, we will constantly evaluate the quality and effectiveness of our ministries and personal performance (Prov. 27:17). Staff members will do this, comprehensively, each semester.
Leadership in the church is reserved for those who have been recognized as having the Spirit-given gift (Rom. 12:8) and the godly, mature character (1 Tim. 3:1-7) with which to lead. Leaders are entrusted with directing the various ministries of the church (1 Tim. 5:17) —setting goals, casting vision, overseeing programs, recruiting workers and allocating resources. They are to be respected, supported and faithfully followed by the people they lead (Heb. 13:17). Their greatest source of influence is the example of their personal lives, as they model the values and priorities that they promote (1 Pet. 5:2-3).
The second greatest commandment, to love your neighbor as yourself, is summed up in the parable of the Good Samaritan as a concern to meet the needs of those who are destitute (Luke 10:25-37). Sometimes we do this by providing food, clothing, shelter, labor, or medical care. Other times we demonstrate this concern by defending the rights of the unborn, the weak, or the oppressed (Psa. 82:3-4; Prov. 24:11-12; 29:7; 31:8-9). Early Christ followers were well known for the way in which they met the needs of others (Acts 2:45; 4:34-35; Gal. 2:10; James 1:27). This is not only a priority of ours as individual believers but also as a church. We offer opportunities to serve with partner-ministries in our extended community who are caring for those who are poor or destitute (e.g. the homeless, unwed mothers, prisoners, troubled youth, addicts, the elderly). Jesus said that the genuineness of our relationship with Him would be judged, one day, on the basis of how we cared for these kinds of people (Matt. 25:31-46).
Christ calls us to be His witnesses, beginning in our own community and spreading out to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Our mission is to make disciples in all nations (Matt. 28:19). This necessitates that we partner with indigenous leaders in other countries who share our passion for broadcasting the good news of Christ. We work with a limited number of international associates so as to focus our efforts, resources and prayer. We encourage all CCC regular attenders to participate, periodically, on short-term GoTeam trips to serve alongside our International Impact partners. These adventures stimulate us to become world-conscious Christians who pray for and give toward God’s work beyond the confines of CCC.
God is the owner of everything we have (Psa. 24:1). He has given us the responsibility of managing these resources in a way that advances His kingdom (Matt. 25:14-30). The biblical baseline for our investment in kingdom work is a tithe—ten percent of our income. Jesus endorsed this standard (Matt. 23:23). The Bible teaches that the person who withholds this amount from the Lord is robbing Him (Mal. 3:8). Because Scripture has so much to say about how to manage money, we regularly teach on this topic. In addition, every Christ follower is encouraged to go through the ten-week Crown Ministries stewardship curriculum in a Community Group setting. Failure to be good stewards can lead to serious problems (1 Tim. 6:9-10): materialism choking out our spiritual life (Mark 4:18-19); debt enslaving us (Prov. 22:7); God refusing to trust us with “true riches” (Luke 16:10-11). On the other hand, when we are wise and generous stewards, we become like our generous God (John 3:16; 2 Cor. 8:9; 9:15), we spread the love and message of Christ on earth (2 Cor. 9:8-10) and we store up treasure for ourselves in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21).
The apostle Paul wrote that there was one thing he aimed to accomplish in life (Phil. 3:13). Jesus told a wealthy young seeker that there was only one thing he lacked (Luke 18:22) and he told a workaholic Martha that there was only one thing she needed to do (Luke 10:42). The man that Jesus healed of blindness declared that there was one thing he knew (John 9:25). The psalmist expressed his heart’s desire in terms of one thing he asked of the LORD (Psa. 27:4). The Bible seems to commend a focused approach to life. We want our ministry to be characterized by this sort of intentionality. Before we launch a program or schedule an event, we must be able to answer the questions: What do we hope to accomplish? How will this contribute to our mission? Goals are set in every area of ministry so that we don’t substitute activity for productivity. Our progress will be measured against these goals.
One aspect of the “Great Commandment” (Mark 12:28-30) is that we are to love God with all our minds. Genuine Christ followers are willing to exert mental energy in the pursuit of knowing and serving God. If we want to grow spiritually, our minds must be renewed (Rom. 12:2). Obviously, the Bible plays a key role in this renewal process (2 Tim. 3:16; Psa. 19:7-9). Whether or not we have been readers in the past, we must devote ourselves to becoming readers of God’s Book. Additionally, Scripture exhorts us to passionately pursue wisdom in general (Prov. 1:5-6; 2:3-4), which can be found in the writings of wise people. By walking with the wise, Proverbs says, we become wise (Prov. 13:20). We encourage Christ followers to develop the discipline of reading (“leaders are readers”) as a means of gaining wisdom. We provide bookstores on our campuses so that people can select good books by Christian authors. We caution believers against spending excessive time with forms of entertainment that rob them of an interest in reading and the opportunity to do so.
When God made the first man and woman in His own image, they were placed in the Garden of Eden to work and take care of it (Gen. 2:15). This was before Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, so work was not a result of their later moral fall. It was a blessing and an opportunity to partner with God (Gen. 1:27-28). Doing ministry, as the apostle Paul observed, is hard work (1 Cor. 4:12, 27). Paul set an example, in this regard, of working harder than anybody else (2 Cor. 11:23). Those who serve at CCC, both as paid staff and as volunteers, work hard. We don’t complain when ministry demands a lot from us (Phil. 2:14). We are self-starters who give our best effort even when nobody (not even a supervisor) is watching (Col. 3:22-23). This is not to say that we should neglect family responsibilities or times of rest and renewal as we serve God (Exo. 20:8-11; Psa. 127:1-5). But neither should we be surprised when ministry turns out to be hard work. We are called to be God’s “fellow workers” (2 Cor. 6:1). The result of all this effort will be the joy of seeing people brought to Christ and transformed by Him (1 Cor. 15:58; Col. 1:28-29).
While we minister to our Jerusalem from our St. Charles campus and to the ends of the earth through our International Impact partners, we believe the most effective way to reach our Judea and Samaria is by establishing regional campuses in their respective locales (Acts 1:8). Seekers are not likely to drive all the way from these neighboring communities to St. Charles for church so we bring our church to them (Matt. 28:19). We are one church in multiple locations, our regional campuses presenting identical services with video-cast teaching. This allows us to take advantage of the drawing power of a central, effective communicator (Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Pet. 4:11a). It also practices good stewardship (Matt. 25:14-30) by sharing the resources of staff leadership, training and programs throughout the ministry. One additional benefit of this approach is the momentum that’s created when the multiple campuses work together on projects such as outreach events or Go Teams trips.
Marriages and Families
When God united Adam and Eve as “man and wife” (Gen. 2:21-25) and blessed them with children (Gen. 4:1-2), He launched the first institution upon earth: the family. The importance that God places upon marriage can be seen in the fact that it serves as an analogy to Christ’s loving relationship with the church (Eph. 5:22-23). And the priority of good parent-child relationships is reflected in the fifth commandment (“honor your father and mother”), as well as in the requirement that leaders of local churches be chosen on the basis of their ability to manage their own families well (1 Tim. 3:4-5). CCC seeks to strengthen marriages by teaching sermon series on the topic, hosting conferences for husbands and wives, offering workshops and counseling for troubled relationships and providing recovery groups for those who have gone through divorce. When it comes to raising good kids, we recognize that the church only has them for a couple of hours a week and so we must do everything possible to equip parents to do this critical job at home (Deut. 6:4-7).
Children are like wet cement. We have a unique opportunity, while they are young, to shape their lives before they become set in their ways. The writer of Proverbs observes that if they are trained to walk with God at this age, it is likely that they will continue on this path in later years (Prov. 22:6). The primary responsibility for this spiritual mentoring belongs to parents (Deut. 6:4-7). However, the influence of peer groups cannot be overstated (Prov. 13:20). The children’s and student ministries of CCC take full advantage of positive peer pressure by providing programs for kids that teach them biblical principles while they are hanging out with friends. We have invested significantly in a building that allows the different age groups to have their own space. We recruit and train scores of volunteer leaders who will love, mentor, teach, counsel, encourage and have fun with kids.
People with significant needs can be found right within our church family as well as in the extended community. The first century church had a reputation for its compassionate care of its own (Acts 4:34-35). At CCC, we meet the desperate financial needs of our body (e.g. for food, housing, etc.) through a benevolent fund. Other needs are addressed through a wide variety of programs that make up our Harbor Ministry. Recovery groups for those who desire to break various addictions, grief-care for those who have recently experienced the loss of loved ones and a special support group to build confidence in kids who have weathered the divorce of their parents are examples of our attempts to carry each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2). These focused ministries give us the opportunity to provide need-specific teaching, counseling, community and accountability.
Expectations of Employment
Representation of Christ
Every staff member represents Christ and Christ Community to the congregation and to the community. How we conduct ourselves is extremely important for the Kingdom and must not be taken lightly. People make sweeping judgments based on how they are treated by the representatives of Christ Community Church.
Our personal contact with the public, our manners on the telephone, and the communications we send to people not only affect the public’s perception and image of Christ Community, but more importantly, can impact our efforts in reaching people for Christ. It is, therefore, one of the highest priorities of our staff to assist every person as we are able. Nothing is more important than being courteous, friendly, helpful, and prompt in the attention you give to those who enter into our building or that communicate with us either by phone or by email.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matt. 7:12)
Biblical Standards of Character
At Christ Community, the sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible; God’s infallible written Word, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. It is the inerrant, supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks and therefore, our ultimate authority.
As a condition of employment, all staff are expected to model and live a lifestyle consistent with general biblical standards. Not living a lifestyle in accordance with these standards can lead to disciplinary action and/or termination of employment.
The following are some of the general biblical standards that we value in the life of a staff member. This is not an exhaustive list, but it gives some examples of how a biblical lifestyle may be lived.
Regardless of your position, your work here at Christ Community is a spiritual ministry. Maintaining a consistent walk with God and a lifestyle honoring to Him are of critical importance (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9).
Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. (1 Pet. 5:2-4)
Although living to honor God implies holiness in all areas, Christ Community wants to put a special emphasis on living in sexual purity. Scripture clearly limits sexual relationships to the context of marriage. Biblical marriage is defined as one man joined to one woman (1 Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9).
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person such a man is an idolater has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Eph. 5:3-6)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissension, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal. 5:19-23)
One of the greatest joys of serving at Christ Community is the opportunity to be a part of a team.
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:1-5)
This team spirit not only means working together with your peers, but also positively responding to your supervisor and the leadership of Christ Community.
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. (Heb. 13:17)
Communication is the key to building and maintaining team spirit on our staff.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin:” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. … Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4:25-32)
We serve a glorious God who deserves our very best; therefore we highly value excellence and hard work.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Col. 3:23-24)
Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Cor. 15:58)
Spiritual and professional input is necessary in order to stay sharp. While we strive to provide a stimulating work environment, each staff member is responsible for his or her own personal growth.
If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. (Ecc. 10:10)
God has designed service as an extension of who He has created us to be. It is important that your service on staff be consistent with your spiritual giftedness.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. (1 Pet. 4:10-11)
Supporting the Motto, Motive and Mission
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In addition to the core values stated above, staff members of Christ Community Church are encouraged to:
… be knowledgeable about:
- Church position papers—Documents that define the church’s formal position on various key issues, as endorsed by senior leadership. Copies of these documents can be found in the Staff Handbook.
- Bridge illustration—Staff should be familiar with the Bridge illustration, know key scripture verses and be practiced at walking someone through this important evangelistic tool.
… support/take part in:
- Prayer/Praise events—As a church that deeply values corporate prayer, we set aside specific nights during the year for this purpose. Attendance is strongly encouraged.
- Significant Scope Events/Values—Significant scope events are scheduled throughout the year and are developed for the purpose of either outreach or spiritual growth. CCC staff are strongly encouraged to support these events through attendance and service.
- Faithful Giving—We believe in the biblical command for Christ-followers to give the first ten percent of their income to the Lord’s work through the local church. Therefore, it is an expectation of all staff members that they are fulfilling God’s minimum standard for giving at Christ Community.
The Gospel We Proclaim
At the heart of our ministry at CCC is a passion to present the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that transforms people’s lives and redirects their eternal destinies. With so much at stake, it is of the utmost importance that we clearly understand what the gospel is and how God wants us, both individually and corporately, to share it with others.
The apostle Paul underscored the seriousness of this topic when he wrote to the Galatians: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned” (Gal. 1:8-9). The gospel, Paul warns us, is something that we must get right!
The Bible (both the New Testament and the Greek version of the Old Testament) uses the noun, “gospel,” 77 times and the verb, “preach the gospel,” an additional 77 times. Most often the meaning of these expressions is assumed rather than defined. So we’ll have to begin by doing some defining.
What is the Gospel?
A simple translation of the Greek word, gospel, is: good news. Good news about what? The gospel is the good news that God offers us salvation through his So