Who We Are

Our Vision

At CTK Downtown, we believe we have a vision from God: To be a diverse family shaped by the Word, empowered by the Spirit, sent into the World. This vision is both exciting and challenging, refreshing and risky.

It seems so simple, yet it calls all of us to grow. It calls us to grow and make room for the presence of God. It calls us to grow and include people who are different than us into God’s multi-ethnic family called the church.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." – John 13:35

We believe whole-heartedly this vision is impossible without God's power teaching us how to love. But as we give up our preferences to make space for Jesus, we will find ourselves truly living as Jesus called us to: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:35).”

At CTK Downtown, we have four distinctives that guide who we are as a family:

MAKING DISCIPLES

We equip people through intentional relationships to know Christ, grow in maturity, and make disciples. This is an accountable relationship where we consistently practice the spiritual disciplines as a path of discipleship to Christ so that they can make more disciples.

Matthew 25

LOVE THE FAMILY

 We model biblical community through loving service to individuals, families, and the whole family of God. Our desire is to be a family that serves one another, spends time with one another, shares meals with one another, and loves one another so that authentic community is built.

Acts 2:44

WORSHIP FULLY

We posture ourselves to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength through musical worship, study of scripture, prayer, and activity so that we build a lifestyle of serving God and others in every facet of life. This means that we reflect a lifestyle of holistic love for God through our feelings, thoughts, actions, and spirit.

Psalm 100
Romans 12.1

ENGAGE THE CULTURE

We allow the power, love, compassion, justice, hope, grace, and beauty of Jesus to overflow from our church community, out into the world so that God’s Kingdom will come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. This means we work to meet our communal and cultural needs with the love, wisdom, and power of God.

Matt 6:10
Acts 17

Our Team

Our Mission

to create an authentic Christian community that effectively reaches out to unchurched people in love, acceptance, and forgiveness so they can experience the joy of salvation and a purposeful life of discipleship.

Here are a few things that mean a lot to us:
AUTHENTICITY

We choose to be real with God, real with others, and real with ourselves. We will not live false, idealistic, or hidden lives.

Simplicity

We choose the least complicated approach to our beliefs, decision-making, ministry processes, language, and engaging people. We will not make access to truth, knowledge, leading or serving difficult.

EMpOWERMENT

We choose to give away responsibility and authority, deploying all believers in the ministry. We will not reserve meaningful roles for professional staff only.

RELATIONALLY DRIVEN

We choose a relational approach to ministry and decision-making.

OUTWARD FOCUS

We care as much about those who are outside the family of God as those who are in it.

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