MISSION, VISION & VALUES

OUR MISSION

The mission of Crown of Life is to get the Gospel of the Lord Jesus to as many people as possible and to get as many people as possible to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus.

OUR VISION

To reach people with the Gospel, we need to take the Gospel to people.  For that reason, Crown of Life is a multi-site church. We are one church worshiping in four services in three locations.   Under God we seek to combine the intimacy of the local church with the impact of a larger church.

We believe that through the gospel of Jesus Christ working through and in gatherings of believers in a local congregations, the Holy Spirit will work faith and change lives forever.

We believe that Crown of Life is that local church. With a great mix of traditional worship, contemporary music, strong Bible teaching, powerful community growth groups, and an active body in serving others and risking it all on mission, we are reaching out to people with the Gospel and we invite you to join us in this mission.

OUR CORE VALUES

1.  Small Church Intimacy, Large Church Impact

Large churches have resources in finances, staff and facilities that are attractive to some people who are seeking specific “category” ministries such as teens, children, women, men etc.   Smaller churches have as an important characteristic, personal and face to face relationships between member to member and member to pastor.

We will strive for the best of small churches through starting local sites in various places of the Inland Empire and for the best of large churches by pooling resources and ministry between the sites where and when feasible and expedient to do so.  

2.   Ministry before mortar

At Crown of Life, although we own land and  buildings in Corona, we will intentionally adopt a ministry before mortar philosophy using multi-purpose facilities, rentals, modulars and homes.

Crown of Life will use rented or leased facilities to the fullest extent possible and for the longest time period possible so that resources can be channeled into ministry and ministry staff.   When more permanent facility is needed, we will lease when possible and the facility will be multi-use rather than single use. 

3.  Outreach minded rather than inwardly focused.

Two important questions that need to be answered are “Who is the church?” and “Who is the church for?”    The Bible teaches that Christians are the body of Christ, the church.  And as “the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say, ‘I don’t need you!” and as ‘one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it’, so the Christians in the church care for and encourage each other.   In that sense the second question “Who is the church for?” could be answered, “Christians, one for another.”    But in another sense, the church exists to witness to the love and mercy of Jesus in the world, to be light in the darkness and salt in what is wasting away.

Because churches very easily become inwardly focused,   we will be intentional about outreach, not just as a program of the church but as a privilege from God and a purpose for existing.  Outreach will be well funded, will be the focus of our most committed and gifted lay leaders and will occupy a primary place on the calendar.

4.   “All things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

This is really a corollary to statement 3.  We can make our  ministry decisions, direction and focus based on what we choose, are comfortable with, know, want, have done in the past and best serves us or we can make ministry decisions, direction and focus based on what will best reach with the gospel those who are without Christ, who have wandered from Christ or who are not currently involved in a Christian Church.   We will do the latter because Jesus also died for  those outside our church too.  Obviously we will not violate Scripture as St. Paul did not violate Scripture.  But we will along with Paul make our ministry philosophy “all things to all men.”   This will include worship, music, education, outreach, fellowship and other areas of church work and life.

When we plan and carry out our ministry, we will consciously include in our planning those whom we do not yet know and that inclusion will show in our plans for all areas of our church wok and life.

5.  Excellently good enough

While we will strive to serve our Lord with excellence in all that we do, we also believe that God provides the church with what we need to serve him and that provision includes finances, facilities and people.   Therefore, we will consciously practice the philosophy of “excellently good enough.”

We will serve God with the people he leads to us, the resources he provides for us and we will do so with all the excellence we can do it with.

6.  Proximity not parochial interests

Sadly, because of our selfish and sinful human nature, even Christians ask “What’s in it for me?  What about us?”   This makes the multi-site model problematic at times.  However, a new Crown of Life site in a different neighborhood brings the church and the Gospel message to people into proximity to where they live, work and play and is in keeping with Jesus’ strategy for his disciples:  You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth.”

We will carry out a multi-site model to take the Gospel to people where they live even if that means our own parochial interests take a back seat.

7.  Flexibility, creativity and common sense

A wise man once commented that it is helpful to make a distinction between planning and preparing.  Planning is what you do when you have all the facts.  Preparing is what you do when you have some of the facts.   As  we move from two sites to three, our “Beaumont experience” gives us a good handle on some of the facts.  But because adding a 3rd site requires calling another pastor, because that call will not be the usual and normal  “one man in one place” situation with which we are familiar in our circles, because there are some of the facts that are still unknown to us no matter how much we prepare, we will need to  be flexible, creative and run how we do a three site church through the filter of common sense.

We will carry out our multi-site model to get the Word of God to as many people as possible and as many people as possible to the Word of God with flexibility, creativity and common sense so that we walk through doors that God opens, deal with disappointments which are probably inevitable and use the resources and people with which God blesses us.