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Core Values


Why we do what we do

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Core Values


Why we do what we do

Our Mission

Sharing a journey from self-reliance toward a life-changing dependence on Christ that sets us free to make a difference in our community.

Our Core Values

Four core values, shown below, guide what we do at SCC.

Laying Down Roots

We experience an environment where people in the midst of a transient community have a sense of belonging, and do life together while walking out their journey in Jesus Christ.

This is revealed by:

  • Smaller environments that we believe are central to sharing LIFE in community.
  • Reconnecting families that reveal Christ as the center of the home.
  • Developing real relationships where we can know and be known by each other.
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Truth Matters

We experience an environment where the truth is not just embraced in what we teach but more importantly in how we live.

This is revealed by:

  • Exploring God's Word in a way that speaks to everyday life, not just passing on information.
  • Placing a high priority on the authority of God's Word and the central importance of Jesus Christ.
  • Approaching God's Word in a way that builds people up and does not tear them down.
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Beyond Our Doors

We experience an environment where we care deeply enough to make a difference in the community and world around us.

This is revealed by:

  • Releasing leaders to impact Saline, Washtenaw County, Michigan/Northwest Ohio, and the world.
  • Engaging in local and regional ministry that is outside of our church body for the sake of making a difference for our neighbors.
  • Joining the mission of the C&MA all over the world through sending, giving, praying and going.
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Breaking Free

We experience an environment where people can walk in their new life in Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit who has restored our true identity as sons and daughters of God.

This is revealed by:

  • Authenticity - We are not better than anyone else nor do we try to put on that show. We seek to create an environment where people are accepted for who they are.
  • Exposing Deception - Each of us operates out of some form of deception and lies that we have come to believe through our experiences and assumptions about life.  We believe that Christ is our only hope of exposing those deceptions so that we can know who we are in Him.
  • Identity - Our identity in Christ is central to our new life in Him.  Our desire is not for people to understand a good concept of identity but rather to KNOW the person of Christ who has restored their identity.
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Our church is a member of the C&MA. We hold to the The Alliance Doctrinal Statement.

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Our Core Environments


Four key spaces to encounter Christ and each other

Our Core Environments


Four key spaces to encounter Christ and each other

DISCOVER

…who God is and who we are in Christ.

The Journey

The Journey is an environment where we "work out" our salvation and see the miracle of Christ’s life in each other.  It is a very simple concept whose results are hard to describe.  At its core, it is a group of individuals who gather together once a week, Monday evenings at 6:30pm, for approximately 19 weeks. We share a meal together then walk through the reality of life as we know it in view of the miracle of Christ in us.  We participate in great conversation led by facilitators, with people who will becomes friends for life.  We look at our individual journeys and the living realities of our faith.  Everyone has questions about the most important thing in all of eternity, our salvation.  Our focus is on loving God, loving ourselves and loving others.

OPEN TABLE

The OPEN TABLE is a place where you can open the Bible without expectation or need of a theological degree.  In the midst of community, we walk through the Bible not looking for principles or applications but something far greater: the miracle of an ever-present Christ on full display.  Whether in the New Testament or Old Testament, we see the glorious revealing of Christ. Our desire is to create an atmosphere where you can explore, discover, question, challenge, disagree or agree, and in the midst of all that, see LIFE.  This is a "come when you can" environment.  We will meet on Sunday mornings from 8:45-9:45.  Childcare is provided.

 

 
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GATHER

…with a community to encounter Jesus Christ

 

Sunday mornings

Sunday morning is a special time when we gather as a family to celebrate our life in Christ together and be reminded of who we are in Christ.  It is not a place of "3 Steps to Better Parenting" or "4 Ways to Make Your Marriage Great"; rather, it is a place where we uncover the amazing mystery of Christ in us!

 

 
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CONNECT

…with people and partner with God to expand His Kingdom.

 

Great Commission Sundays

Our heart is to be an Acts 1:8 community.  Four to five times throughout the year we use the Sunday morning gathering time to focus on what God is doing in Saline, Washtenaw County, Michigan/Northwest Ohio and the world.

 Pleasant Ridge Teacher Supply Closet

Every month we open our doors to encourage and support the teachers of Pleasant Ridge Elementary school which is just around the block from the 5th Corner by offering free supplies (wet wipes, post-it notes, folders, tissues, etc.) they can choose for their classrooms.  We deeply appreciate the investment these teachers are making and want to support and encourage them!

Saline Social Services

We partner with Saline Social Services throughout the year with them as needs arise in our community.  http://www.salinesocialservice.com

Big Serve (Student Ministry)

 In addition to serving with That Neighborhood Church in Toledo each summer, our students serve in practical ways in the Saline community.  The students have been investing in Saline through visiting at Brecon Village and doing yard work for single mothers.  We believe in creating opportunities for students to invest in others.

THAT NEIGHBORHOOD CHURCH (TNC)

We began a partnership with That Neighborhood Church in Toledo several years ago when our youth ministry participated in TNC’s Big Serve event, reaching out to inner-city Toledo through service projects and interaction with the community.  Our relationship with TNC has continued every summer, and has grown to involve all ages. http://www.lovegodlovepeopleproveit.com

OLIVE TREE Campus Church

We have a partnership with a new church that is reaching Chinese graduate and undergraduate students on the campus of University of Michigan.  http://www.aaotcc.org

 

 
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BELONG

…to a family of people who share life with one another.

 

Crowded House

Crowded Houses are smaller communities that are intentional about sharing life with one another.   Our goal is to create these smaller environments of  8-14 people that will live out the "one anothers" revealed in Scripture (encourage one another, care for one another, pray for one another, etc.)