The purpose of Autumn Ridge Church is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who love God and serve people.
We believe that God made each of us to love him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. We believe in sharing the love of God with others through partnerships that serve both in our local community and globally. We believe that God meets us with complete forgiveness through his son Jesus. In worship we express our gratitude for this gift of love, even though none of us deserves it!
Our Vision (I Peter 3:15)
In the power of the Spirit, we will equip Autumn Ridgers to be disciples where they live, work and play, and share our hope in Jesus.
We believe that a disciple who loves God will value the scripture, commune with God in worship, and grow in their faith through intentional discipleship. We believe that a disciple who serves people will live in community with other believers, will seek to identify their gifts for service, and will mirror God’s own compassion for the world.
First and foremost, we are an evangelical church. The word “evangelical” is an anglicized form of the Greek word for “gospel.” An evangelical church is gospel-centric. The central images of an evangelical church are the cross and the empty tomb. An evangelical church is driven by a belief in the truth of Jesus’ words, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”
Additionally, we believe that baptism by immersion is the best dramatic portrayal of the process of salvation. We define “Believers’ Baptism” as a baptismal event that follows a believer’s personal decision to accept Christ as Savior. While baptism is a prerequisite for church membership giving a person voting privileges in the church, we observe “open communion,” available to anyone who confesses faith in Christ. All other areas of participation in the ministry of the church are open to non-members.
We are innovative but not trendy. We embrace fresh approaches to tell the ancient story of salvation. We welcome innovative approaches to worship and discipleship. Leadership has the freedom to fail, as long as we don’t repeat our mistakes, and learn important ministry lessons in the process. We don’t chase fads or do things just because someone else does.
We embrace tradition, but are not bound by traditionalism. Pelikan noted that, “Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” We value the collective experience of the church, catholic and evangelical. New ideas are examined for their biblical basis, theological meaning, and historical precedents.