Our Posture Toward
strive to have An Outward Face:
As a church we do not exist merely for
ourselves but for those whom God is drawing into his
kingdom who are not yet part of his visible church.
Non-Christians are expected, welcomed and
respected with all their questions, objections,
struggles, and doubts.
We want to be a church that anticipates (and
aggressively encourages and seeks) the presence of
those who are not Christians in all of our services,
cell-groups, seminars, meetings, conversations, and
will expect that we are always being overheard and
realize that those who are not Christians will be
looking on and listening in wherever we are as a
congregation or as individuals.
There are no “in house” moments in our
classes or services where we assume we are only
speaking to Christians.
Lord would have his people extend hospitality and
friendship to all.
We are friendship oriented not combatants.
We take a process approach to evangelism, not a
crisis approach, so we do not seek to manipulate
people to believe as we do.
Our intention is to be clear, intelligent,
truthful, winsome and respectful.
In daily life we love our neighbors.
In worship we are intentionally conscious of
and welcoming to non-Christians as our guests striving
for comprehensibility at all times.
We believe that worship can be planned and
conducted in such a way that the believer is built up
and the curious are welcomed and challenged.
The bottom line is that the Gospel makes us a
community where Christians say, “This is the place
to bring my non-Christian friends.
This is what they need to hear, and how they
need to hear it.”
Because we as a church are sent to Vestal
first (as our Jerusalem, Acts 1:8), and to the Greater
Binghamton area (as our Judea and Samaria), we do not
reject it, ignore it, withdraw from it, hate it, or
speak of it as “the dark place” from which we hope
God will deliver us and keep us safe.
Rather, in our confidence in the transformative
power of the gospel, our understanding of God’s
common grace, the benefit of the death and
resurrection of Christ which permeates and sustains
all of his creation, and our love for the image of God
in other people we are able to engage our community
with great expectation and hopefulness.
We seek to love, respect and serve the physical
and spiritual needs of the community.
We believe that nothing promotes the peace and
health of Vestal like the spread of faith in the
renews individuals and reweaves the fabric of our
is the Gospel that moves Christians to humbly serve,
live with and love all the ethnically,
socio-economically diverse people of our community.
So we will use our gifts and resources to meet
the needs of others in our community, especially the
poor, oppressed and marginalized.
And more than merely meeting the individual
needs, we will work for justice for the powerless.
believe that the gospel has a deep, vital, and healthy
impact on the arts, business, government, media, and
educational institutions of any society.
Therefore we are highly committed to support
Christians’ engagement with culture, helping them
work with excellence, distinctiveness, and
accountability in their professions.
Because we believe the gospel has the power to
transform any individual, any church, and any culture
we also believe it can change both the conservative
and the liberal components of the church.
Therefore we do not disdain the conservatives,
nor fear the liberals, but willingly engage both with
the expectation that it is the gospel that has the
power to change. Additionally,
we have no illusions that our single church or our PCA
tradition is sufficient to renew all of our community
spiritually, socially, and culturally.
We are therefore committed to planting (and
helping others plant) new churches, while at the same
time working for a renewal of gospel vitality in all
the congregations of