Our beliefs are based on the Bible, and we are connected to a movement of churches that has been around for over three centuries.
The best way to understand what a church really believes is by getting to know it personally. Written statements of belief like this capture only the black and white intellectual concepts, and not the essence of the life-changing experience that is at the heart of why Jesus came.
In a nutshell, we believe that a loving God created the earth and everything (and everyone) in it is absolutely good, but that it became corrupted by the misuse of our free will. We believe that Jesus Christ was unique among all the people who have lived on the earth—that he was fully human, yet morally perfect; and that he was fully God, yet voluntarily limited himself to a human body in order to rescue the people he had created. We believe that his death and resurrection were the central events in human history, and that the corruption in our lives and in the world is being reversed because of the ongoing, real effects of his sacrifice. We believe that the Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments (the Bible) are inspired by God, and they are the source and centre of what we believe.
Our beliefs are very much in line with historical Christianity and compatible with the basic beliefs of almost every Christian denomination.
The Brethren Church*
We are part of a small denomination called "The Brethren Church," with churches throughout the United States and in at least a dozen other countries around the world. We are their first church in Canada, and they are excited to be reaching into new territory. Though we have a National Office based in Ashland, Ohio, the denomination operates on a decentralized basis. Each church is given the power to govern itself and become an entity unique to its environment and the people who make it up. More than anything, the denomination is a source of accountability and support for its member congregations. We would not be able to do this alone, and we are grateful to be a part of this extended family of like-minded churches. For more information, visit www.brethrenchurch.org.
* "The Brethren Church" is not to be confused with several other denominations which have the word "Brethren" in their name, such as Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Brethren, Plymouth Brethren or Church of the Brethren. There are other "Brethren" churches already in the area that are in no way related to us. Apparently it was a top choice in denominational names during the last couple of centuries!