Our gathering at Christ Community Church is intergenerational and multi-ethnic. We celebrate this diversity!
Because we believe God is calling us to be an intentionally multi-cultural congregation we are committed to the following:
1. The eschatological reality of multi-cultural worship
In layman’s terms, we embrace the vision of John in Revelation 7:9-10, which will be the reality for the church universal throughout all eternity.
“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”” (Revelation 7:9–10, NIV)
2. Have a multi-cultural vision
Our desire is for CCC to become a first-fruit and foretaste of Revelation’s multi-cultural vision for worship, which we will experience for eternity! As leaders at CCC our pastors and elders are learning to biblically and relationally communicate this vision in a manner that engages hearts and minds of those in our church and our community.
3. Embody the multi-cultural vision for unity
The pastors and elders at CCC are committed to biblical unity at all costs. Jesus knew this would be difficult and that is why is last prayer in before he went to the cross as recorded in John 17 is that the disciples and those that came after hime would be one!
Our desire is to engage in genuine, authentic, relational dialogue across cultural lines. The pastors and elders strive to embody this way of working together in order to embed God’s multi-cultural vision for biblical unity in the heart and soul of our congregation.
The manner in which our pastoral leaders conduct themselves inter-culturally will have a direct correspondence to CCC’s congregational life together and ability to reach its diverse community.
4. Embrace cultural diversity
Our pastors and elders are committed to helping our congregation learn about and embrace other cultural forms of Christian worship and practice without passing judgement. We understand our need to actively develop a body of knowledge regarding how different ethnic groups think, act, and feel in different contexts.
Additionally, we understand the need to develop skills in “mutual critique” — hearing and giving constructive criticism about culturally determined values and practices. Their growing sensitivity in these areas will model respect and acceptance which will enable CCC to grow in diversity.
5. Empower multiple cultures in the total life of our congregation.
Our pastors and elders will regularly seek to understand and assess power dynamics within the congregation. We must be committed to giving up our leadership “power” and our “expert status” in order to develop a spirituality rooted in unity & servanthood.
Our pastors and elders must intentionally seek and model skills that will enable and empower God’s multi-cultural vision to take root in an increasingly practical manner. We are committed to work together to create an environment in which everyone in the congregation is able to interact with equal standing, assured that they are being heard. This will involved suspending cultural expectations long enough for meaningful understanding to emerge. We will have to develop skills in group dialogue processes that will help individuals undergo “a readjustment in identity” in order to draw closer to Christ and to one another, rather than to a particular cultural perspective.
At CCC there are more than 200 people who attend on a regular basis to celebrate what God is doing in and through their lives. Our church is located in the heart of Historic Lockport at 140 Genesee St., and people come from the surrounding neighborhood, the greater Lockport area, and many outlying communities.