What We Believe

"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer

OUR APPROACH TO DOCTRINE

As we try to follow Jesus, we recognize the importance of our core beliefs.  Such beliefs guide our behavior and shape our ethos.  Concurrently, we recognize the way that doctrinal disputes can divide and alienate people.  As a result, we strive to maintain a posture of generosity and humility regarding the fine points of doctrine even as we strive for clarity on matters of central importance.  This means we try to make sure what matters most gets the most attention, and we don't allow peripheral matters to distract and divide our community.


GENEROUS AND HUMBLE DIALOGUE

When Jesus was asked about the bottom line of correct belief, his summary came down to one word: LOVE (Matthew 22:37-40). Our commitment to loving God and loving people defines the strong center of our movement.  Our love for Jesus can hold us together despite our differences.  We have also been shaped by the historic creeds of the Jesus Way (see the Nicene Creed below).  On disputable matters, our approach is conversational, inquisitive, and accepting (This is what Paul taught in Romans 14).  We allow for space as each person wrestles with specific issues of belief, encouraging and not excluding one another during this process.


NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.

Core Values

BELONG

Our conversations start with a simple invitation to belong.  Whatever your background or beliefs, we want you to be here. DCC is an inclusive and radically welcoming community!  We’re a safe place where anyone - skeptic, believer, or anywhere in between - can seek truth at their own pace. We’re messy, imperfect people. We’re not afraid of questions, even when we don’t have all the answers. You belong at DCC!

become

Everyone’s story is different. Our past is often marked by regret and unrealized potential.  It’s so easy to carry our mistakes and shortcomings, and we define ourselves by them.  God, however, tells us a different story. While we see ourselves through the lens of our past, God sees our potential, and it’s better than any of us dare to imagine. You are God’s personal project! At DCC, we’re learning to allow God to make us into the people that we can’t become on our own.

build

We believe that God invites us to imagine a future where everything that is broken and abused will be made beautiful and whole!  Our heads aren’t in the sand - we know our world can be dark.  All too often we find ourselves grieving tragedy and injustice, and it can be overwhelming. Our broken planet doesn’t intimidate God. He stepped into our mess and is reclaiming the world. We accept God’s invitation to join him in building a better future.

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