Our Mission And Vision

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: 
not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. 
C.S. Lewis

Grace Changes Everything

The foundation of City Church of East Nashville is the strong belief that the gospel of God's amazing grace changes everything.

It has changed everything in our past: This is the foundation of our Story.
It will change everything in our future: This is the foundation of our Vision.
It is changing everything in our present: This is the foundation of our Mission.

Our Story Is Founded In God's Story

At City Church, we believe that the stories we choose to live our lives by shape our understanding of reality. They tell us who we are. They tell us where we come from and where we are going. Our stories are what define us and set us apart as individuals. But they are also what connect us together and bind us to each other in community. They allow us to truly know and be known, amidst love and loss, success and failure, and provide us with the context for finding meaning and purpose in this world.

We all feel most alive when we perceive that we are living in the midst of a great story. But in our modern, pluralistic, hyper-connected world, where we are confronted on a daily basis by an ocean of conflicting narratives of reality, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know which stories are true and can actually lead us to real human flourishing.

In the midst of this confusion, Christianity admittedly makes a very bold claim: That the great story contained in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible is not just one more story among the endless options. It is the true story of all reality and human history. In this, the only way to make any real sense of our personal stories is to understand how they fit into the great story of God.

We believe strongly that our story is founded in God's story. Therefore, we are committed to living out and embodying God's great story in every aspect of our lives and ministry together.

Our Vision Is Founded In God's Vision

In the Bible, we are told that God’s great vision for our world is to restore, renew, and regenerate His beautiful yet broken creation back to His original intention. That original intention is called shalom. It is a Hebrew word that is often translated as peace. But the Biblical concept of Shalom means far more than mere peace of mind or a cease-fire between enemies. It means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight. Shalom is the way things are supposed to be.

According to the Bible, when Jesus Christ returns at the end of time, He is going to make His great vision of Shalom a reality, here on Earth. In this, He promises to bring about the renewal of all things, by establishing a new Heavens and a new Earth, in which Jesus Himself will dwell with His people and be their God. Moreover, under His perfect rule, all sin, brokenness, suffering and death will be wiped away forever.

This beautiful vision is the foundation of our hope in this world. Moreover, it is in this vision that our vision as a church is founded.

Our Vision: To see the renewal of all things in East Nashville by the grace of Jesus Christ

Our Mission Is Founded In God's Mission

God doesn't need us. He doesn't need anything. Yet, by His grace, He has given His people the incredible gift of participating in His great rescue mission in this world: to save a people unto Himself and redeem His creation from the brokenness of the Fall.

The Bible tells us that God loves to manifest His presence and pour out His power on those who align their purposes with His. In this, the church is not simply an aggregation of individuals who have been saved. The church is a "pilot plant" of the new creation, tasked to bring a foretaste of God's glorious future renewal of all things into every aspect of our present reality, now. We have been blessed to be a blessing, called to call, chosen to serve, and saved to share.

This beautiful mission is the foundation of our purpose in this world. Moreover, it is in this mission that our mission as a church is founded.

Our Mission: We are a missional community of grace, called to bring a foretaste of God's future renewal of all things into every corner of East Nashville, now.