“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord;
I will place him in the safety for which he longs.” – Psalm 12:5
God loves Cleveland and he expresses that love through his people pouring themselves out for the poor and for the common good of all. God’s goodness is displayed through the gospel-informed and spirit-led deeds of his church coming together for the sake of our community and world.
We are committed to connecting God’s people to those most impacted by poverty and injustice in Cleveland, to those most isolated, abandoned, and marginalized on the edges of “successful” society: the shut-in, the widow, the orphan, the foster child, the single mother, the addict, the prisoner, the immigrant, the refugee, the handicapped, the sick, and the dying.
The gospel is a place. The end goal of the universe is the in-breaking of a peace-filled, justice-enabling, God-exalting, people-loving reality of God’s justice and mercy.
Christ’s death enables the loving co-existence of divided peoples under the righteousness of God and in the kingdom of God. The breaking down of the walls of division between human beings is a critical reality in the kingdom of God.
The place and message of the gospel has the power to change anyone and anything. The hope of transformation and forgiveness as God’s children is what empowers us to seek the good of the city and every person that we meet.
We are committed to seeing the demonstration of the gospel of the kingdom of God in a particular local place. The Kingdom advances when communities develop.
People are the most important commodity on the planet. Each person is made in the image of God and is worth our time and attention. The relationship is the ministry.
Christ served the broken in humility, achieved through humble circumstances and trials. He came not to be served but to serve. His humble service was accomplished through the cross of suffering he bore. Only as we follow Christ into the humility of trials can we serve the broken and poor in a way displays to them the love of Christ.