The three E’s (Exaltation, Edification, and Evangelization) CBCCP’s mission is to bring glory to God through the exaltation of Jesus Christ, the edification of believers, and the evangelization of the world.
Our Vision and Values
CBCCP’s vision is to carry out our mission through producing generations of Christ’s disciples from diverse cultural backgrounds who bring God’s blessings to the campus, community, and world.
Majoring on God’s inspired and inerrant Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We will always be committed to the inerrant, inspired Word of God revealed in the OT and NT Scriptures as the ultimate instruction and authority for Christian faith, life, and ministry. As God’s literal words to us, we believe that it is God’s primary method for revealing Himself and bringing about life transformation and growth as a disciple. Therefore, we strive to be Bible-centered in all that we do in ministry and life. We also seek for God to direct our ministry by emphasizing what the Bible emphasizes. We recognize that while there is a diversity of theological perspectives within orthodox Christendom, there is also unity around the primary doctrines embraced by evangelical Christians. We choose to major in the primary/essential areas of unity in the Christian faith as reflected in our broadly evangelical statement of faith, and we are committed to consistently teaching and upholding these without compromise. In secondary areas/doctrines (including those for which we may have a church position/policy such as spiritual gifts or gender roles within the church), we prefer not to expend energy to fight over different orthodox views, but instead we strive to work together with love and respect.
Magnifying God with whole life worship (Romans 12:1)
In a sense, for a Christian and for a Christian church, all life is worship. Worship as such is most central to the church, for our purpose of existence is to glorify God and to enjoy His presence forever. On a particular level, the worship service, more than any other activity, brings God’s people together to meet with Him, to glorify Him, and to receive blessings from Him. We will endeavor to make our worship services a place of active participation and life transformation that complements whole-life worship. Furthermore, we recognize that the bulk of our worship of God is in our homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. To glorify God through whole-life worship, we must experience the transforming Gospel in all its fullness every day and moment of the week. We will build our members to worship and glorify God in all things through presenting our lives as living and holy sacrifices which are acceptable and pleasing to God. By the Spirit’s empowerment, we will strive to order our lives around God’s Word, resulting in radical obedience to Him and His ways and nonconformity to the ways of the world in every arena and moment of our lives.
Mirroring our triune God with our love and unity (John 13:34-35)
We consider that a life of love and unity is one of the most central issues in our value system, for it is not only the new commandment the Lord gave to His church, but is also at the center of our witness to the world, that they may know we are disciples of Christ. We are to mirror our Triune God’s unity within our diversity, living as one church in three congregations, with healthy relationships promoted and cultivated across generations and congregations. The testimony of love and unity must first be demonstrated in the leadership, and then flow to the whole congregation. It is to be reflected in how we relate to, care for, walk, and work with one another. Sharing the same purpose, faith, hope, love, and ministry is of higher priority than sharing outward activities, so our focus will be on building Christ-centered relationships and genuine Christian community rather than simply programs.
Making and multiplying disciples and churches (Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Timothy 2:2, Ephesians 4:11-13)
Making generations of multiplying disciples and equipping the saints for maturity (Christ-like character in real life) and the work of service are the basic commission of the Church. The end product of church ministries should not be a set of activities, but lives maturing in Christ-likeness as multiplying disciples. As such, our teaching and ministries will focus on discipleship and life-change in Christ (spiritual growth in maturity, service, and reproduction). We will seek to maintain only those programs which have the necessary structure, training, equipping, accountability, and supervision to foster genuine discipleship and spiritual multiplication in the present and future generations of our church. As part of the multiplication process, we will also seek to plant new churches locally as well as globally. We believe church-planting is a healthy and sustainable strategy for growth and prefer that over building a church in just one location.
Ministering the Gospel holistically to our diverse community and world (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, 2:42-47)
In making and multiplying disciples, we must reach out holistically to our diverse community and world with the Gospel. This Gospel outreach consists of two geographical spheres: local ministry and missions ministry. Our church must mobilize our members and work together for both local evangelism as well as global cross-cultural missions. We are to help our members live as senders and/or goers in the Great Commission locally and globally.
For local ministry, we are called to reach out to our community which includes people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds (Col 3:11). While we recognize and utilize our special effectiveness to reach out to those like us (e.g., Chinese, educated, white-collar), we also recognize the need to reach out to those of different backgrounds that God has put around us in our everyday lives (e.g., neighbors, coworkers, local community). Thus, we define the communities we are to reach out to as: “E1” – those who are culturally most like us, thus, easiest for us to reach; “E2” – people who are culturally somewhat like us but somewhat different, implying that we must make more effort to reach out to them; and “E3” – those who are culturally distant from us, in which case we may have to gather more resources, human or otherwise, in order to reach them. Our three language/culture-based congregations may have different E1, E2, and E3 communities, and these communities may change over time as our congregations evolve. Each congregation must be challenged to continually be contributing to reaching their respective E1, E2, and E3 communities and working in partnership with the other two congregations to reach shared communities.
To be faithful to the Great Commission, we will also make missions ministry a key priority of our church on par with local ministry. This means that we will be continually equipping our members to find and live out their role as senders and/or goers in the global mission. We will seek to be a healthy sending church with our own members regularly being sent out and the rest of our members actively supporting our missionaries through giving, prayer, caring, and logistical support. As with local ministry, we are called to reach the diverse people groups in our world (Matt 28:18, Acts 1:8, Rev 5:9). Thus, we will prioritize our missions ministry to send and support cross-cultural missionaries to strategically work among the many remaining unreached people groups. We as the Body of Christ are also called to minister to the whole person just as Christ and the early Church did since both our spirit and our bodies are included in the accomplishment of God’s salvation in Christ. This is not the same as preaching a “social gospel”, but it is recognizing that our participation in local and global mercy, justice, and other physical ministries can and should rightly complement our efforts to spread the Gospel message of salvation.