Moving People Toward Christ

Central Beliefs

Central’s Mission Statement – to move people toward Christ by being a community of faith which loves, encourages, and equips them in Christ, sending them out to serve.

At Central, our goal is to be rooted in the ancient teachings of Christianity while also being open to new ways that God is working in the world. We have a broad-minded approach to faith, with love and compassion for all people, centered on a relationship with Jesus. We adhere to important statements of faith such as the Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Heidelberg Catechism, and the Barmen Declaration, among others.

Some of the core beliefs that shape our community include:

  • The belief in one God who exists as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  • The divinity of Jesus Christ and the importance of his miraculous birth, sinless life, teachings, death, resurrection, and ascension
  • The grace and love of God, as expressed through Jesus, as being able to rescue us from sin, evil, and brokenness
  • The significance of conversion to a life of faith as a joyful response to the gift of grace in Jesus
  • The presence and work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church
  • The Bible as a reliable source of testimony about Jesus and as God’s word to us today
  • The importance of spiritual practices like worship, baptism, communion, study, prayer, and service as a way to respond to God’s love and grace.
  • Authentic Community: relationships among people with a diversity of age, race, and perspective
  • Compelling Christ-Centered Experience: spiritual growth through worship, teaching, equipping.
  • Loving Our Neighbors and Nations: meaningful engagement locally and globally.
  • Dependence on God through Prayer: risk-taking, courageous spirituality

Central Presbyterian Church has a vision of life together that can be expressed in three words of invitation.


Gather encompasses everything that happens at Central on the weekend. It’s the catalyst that leads to spiritual growth for us regardless of where we are in our journey. If you’re new to faith, you’ll hear the message of Jesus in terms you can understand and relate to. If you’re a believer, you’ll grow spiritually. It’s a simple yet powerful focus, and it changes lives.


Connect embodies finding community and being intentional about your spiritual growth and is a great way to deepen your relationship with God and others. It’s the relational tie that fosters spiritual growth. Often relationships with people can be a catalyst to spiritual growth.


Serving is about discovering our gifts and offering them fully to God through serving; and it’s a key component to authentically following Jesus. What makes a church great is a whole lot of people like you being great in some area of service, both in and outside the walls of the church.


The invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who believe in Christ and have been baptized, remembering that Communion is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love.


Baptism is a proclamation that God has first chosen us and loved us and called us into His kingdom. It demonstrates publicly our repentance and desire to follow Christ. As a Presbyterian Church, we baptize infants of believing families, as well as children and adults who have come to faith.

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