What We Believe

We connect people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ. We value daring faith, fearless service, extravagant generosity, passionate excellence, and unshakeable focus on the future.

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What We Believe

Mission:

We connect people to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Values:
  • Daring Faith:  We are innovative risk-takers, praying and acting boldly, expecting God to create supernatural breakthroughs.
  • Fearless Service:  We are action-oriented servants, pushing through all obstacles to astonish people with the love of Jesus.
  • Extravagant Generosity:  We are adventurous givers, bravely sharing our resources to punch holes in the darkness with the light of Jesus.
  • Passionate Excellence:  We relentlessly give our very best to honor God and inspire people.
  • Unshakeable Focus on the Future:  We make outrageous investments in the next generation, raising spiritually heroic children and youth.
Vision:
  •  We see an unprecedented outpouring of prayer for an outbreak of revival in Tampa Bay.
  •  We see every member thriving in a ministry on campus and a mission off campus.
  • We see a flood of compassion for At Risk Kids and the Special Needs Community, overwhelming them with the powerful grace of Jesus.
  •  We see struggling marriages drawn to Van Dyke Church as a magnet of hope and healing in Tampa Bay.
  • We see irresistible facilities for the next generation, serving the explosive growth in Children and Student Ministries.
  • We see a Courageous Leadership Center, challenging and training lay and clergy leaders to become world-changers.
  • We see a wave of worshippers, compelling us to make room in creative ways on this campus and beyond.
About God

God is the creator and ruler of the universe. There is one God, eternally existing in three co-equal persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

About Humanity

Humans are created in the spiritual image of God, to be like God in character. We are created to be in relationship with God, but we are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God, called sin. This attitude separates humans from the relationship with God that we were intended to enjoy.

About Salvation through Jesus Christ

The only way to restore our relationship with God is by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, lived a sinless life on earth and voluntarily paid for our sin by dying on the cross to take our punishment. He rose from the dead and will return to earth to rule forever. We will exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally united with God by personally choosing to trust in the free gift of God's grace offered through Jesus Christ. God's saving grace — not our human effort — is the way to a Christ-filled eternity.

About the Holy Spirit and the Church

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, draws sinners to Christ and equips and gifts believers for personal growth and service in the Church and in the world. The Church is the community of believers who have made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. Through fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the Church's role is to bring people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and serve the needs of a hurting world under the Spirit's leadership and power.

The Bible

The Bible is God's eternal Word to humanity. It was written by human authors under the supernatural inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth and the sole basis of our beliefs.  It is the authoritative rule and guide for our lives forever.

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