Statement of Faith

Valley View Community Church exists to love God and others with a whole heart, introducing them to Christ and His church, and teaching believers to grow in character and service.

To “love God with a whole heart” is to MAGNIFY.

To “introduce others to Christ” is MISSION.

To “incorporate believers into His church” is MEMBERSHIP.

To “teach believers to grow in character” is MATURITY.

To “equip Christian for service” is MINISTRY.

Although our immediate ministry focus in on Columbia, Missouri and the mid-Missouri area, we purpose to extend the Gospel message by expanding or starting new ministries, supporting or sending short– and long-term missionaries around the world, and uniting with other like-minded believers in obedience to the Great Commission.

Our Slogan: “Seeing Lives Changed Through Christ”

A transformed life is the best evidence of genuine faith. At Valley View Community Church, our goal is to see lives changed through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Jesus gave His life to save people. Therefore each individual is important to God. Our goal of “Seeing Lives Changed Through Christ” is attained as we demonstrate His love in word and deed to others.

Core Values at VVCC

The Grace of God – God’s grace through Jesus Christ is the basis and power, not only of our personal lives, but also of our ministry.

A Commitment to God and His Word – Our aspiration is that our ministry be marked by a wholehearted devotion to God, through prayer and by studying,
obeying and teaching His Word.

Reach Out With the Gospel – Our ultimate goal and mission is to reach the whole world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to make disciples of all the
nations.

The Church – The local church is God’s vehicle for accomplishing the Great Commission. The church is the place for winning people to Christ, building them
to maturity, raising up leaders, and for preparing church planting teams to be sent out for the expansion of God’s kingdom.

Church Leadership – We place a priority upon raising up pastors and other leaders of Christ-like character within the local church.

Love and Unity – We desire our ministry to be marked by a Christ-like, selfless love, loyalty, and unity with fellow believers.

Raising Godly Families – Strong families are the foundation for strong churches. Therefore we make it a priority to equip members to have strong marriages and families.

Every Member a Minister – All Christians are empowered through the Holy Spirit to be workers in the church, not just the pastors. Therefore we seek to equip each member to utilize his/her spiritual gifts to serve others.

VVCC’s Strategy

Contemporary, Relevant Worship Services

We desire to use our worship services to communicate God’s Word in a practical, relevant way. We want to be sensitive to the unchurched by avoiding religious terminology that is unknown or confusing. Our goal is to present Sunday morning messages that are challenging, encouraging, and instructive to the believer without unnecessarily alienating our unchurched guests. We desire to make our visitors and newcomers feel welcomed at our worship services by providing a warm, friendly, and helpful environment. Unfortunately, some have the impression that churches are more interested in finances than how to encourage their faith. We purposefully avoid heavy-handed appeals for finances in our worship services.

People Over Programs

Programs, ministries, and schedules at VVCC will be developed for the purpose of aiding people in their spiritual journey. Our priority is people – not particular methods of doing ministry. We do not want to be locked in to a set program or formula for ministry. If any programs or ministries are not benefiting people, they will be changed or discontinued.

Importance of Fellowship

Fellowship is a vital dimension of the Christian life. Therefore, we encourage every member of Valley View to actively participate in fellowship activities provided including worship services, small group participation and meaningful one-on-one relationships with other members.

Members as Ministers

Every member of the body of Christ has a unique contribution to make to the local church. We desire to recruit, train, and coach the members of VVCC in order to minister to one another, as well as those outside the church. Because every member is a minister, we value an approach to ministry where members are encouraged to use their unique gifts and abilities. Two important objectives of ministry training are 1) that each member become a living witness of the life changing power of Christ in their place of work, school, or social environment, and 2) that members become effective and involved in sharing their faith with others.

Leadership Development

The task of believers involves taking the Gospel to all nations. A key factor to the furtherance of the Gospel is leadership development. Being involved in a volunteer ministry provides opportunity for training and mentoring. Through a variety of leadership development opportunities, VVCC seeks to reproduce competent leaders for ministry.

Our Leadership

Our leadership at VVCC is staff managed with governing board protection. The day-to-day operation of the church is the responsibility of the staff and lay ministry team, but VVCC is governed by a board of trustees responsible for approving the annual church budget, overseeing church doctrine and establishing ministry goals. The VVCC staff and ministry team focus on ways to accomplish board-approved goals. Final authority for governing the church goes to the church elders, and congregational input concerning church leadership is always important. Our congregation is involved on many levels including our lay ministry team, focus groups and advisory meetings.

A copy of VVCC’s governing board manual is available upon request from the church office. You can also get information about VVCC on our affiliation page.