The mission of Terwillegar Community Church is to know Jesus, walk with Jesus, and share Jesus.
The vision of Terwillegar Community Church is to see everyone passionately walking with Jesus and joyfully serving others.
TCC seeks to fulfil its mission while maintaining these five values:
(These values are presented in draft form. While we believe they capture the essence of our values, our Elders and Ministry staff continue to work to finalize their wording)
Word: The Bible is God’s written word to us. Sufficient to lead us in all areas of life. We will seek to see all of our ministries, practices and teaching flow from God’s word in order that we may be guided and shaped by it. Our prayer is that the result of this intentional focus will result in a growing passion for God’s word.
Prayer: The means by which we communicate to God. We understand prayer to be a posture of surrender and humility. At TCC we will teach, model, and provide opportunities to pray and hear from God, and to worship God through singing and communion. Our prayer is that this will result in TCC being a church OF prayer.
Discipleship: Following Jesus in order to be spiritually formed into His likeness, to love and live like Jesus. At TCC we will equip disciples to think, act and believe like Jesus by providing teaching, mentoring, resources, and opportunities for service. Our prayer is that we will see disciples who make disciples - grounded in their faith, living and acting out of obedience and becoming more like Jesus.
Community: Extending generous and loving hospitality to one another, sharing of our lives and resources, and walking with others for mutual support, challenge and encouragement. At TCC we will create an environment where people can belong before they believe. Our prayer is that many will connect with others and experience authentic relationships.
Missional: sharing the good news of Jesus through word and action. At TCC we work to equip our community to experience Jesus in their lives and then share that experience with others. We will love, serve and demonstrate compassionate care to one another, our neighbours and our community.Our prayer is that this focus on intentional mission, both locally and globally, will result in many coming to know Jesus themselves, and more churches being planted.
TCC is affiliated with the North American Baptist (NAB) Conference of churches, specifically a part of the Alberta Baptist Association. The statement below is an abridged version of the NAB Statement of Beliefs, which we hold in common with our conference. To see the full Statement of Beliefs on the NAB Conference website, click here.
About the Bible
We believe the Bible is God’s Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God’s revelation of Himself to humanity (II Timothy 3:16).
We believe in the one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three coequal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:26; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3). The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe. The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:23-25). He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation (Philippians 2:5-11). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord (Romans 8:34; John 14:23). The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Savior, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thessalonians 1:5-6; Romans 8:16).
We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16).
We believe God created man/woman in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation (Genesis 1:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; 8:22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-18, 23).
We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Timothy 1:9-10; I Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21).
About the Church
We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5). The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-5). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (I Corinthians 11:23-26). To express unity in Christ, local churches form associations and a conference for mutual counsel, fellowship and a more effective fulfillment of Christ’s commission (Acts 15; I Corinthians 6:1-3).
About Religious Liberty
We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27; John 8:32; II Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21; Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other (Matthew 22:21). We believe Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13-16).
About the Family
We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 6:1-4). We believe the Bible teaches that marriage refers to the covenant relationship exclusively between one man and one woman, as instituted by God in the beginning (Genesis 2:20b-24; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Hebrews 13:4).
About the End Times
We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1:9-10, Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1-3).