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Vision and Values

Our Mission

The mission of Downtown Cornerstone is to build a great city through the gospel of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. We do this by cultivating communities of Spirit-led followers of Jesus that enjoy God, redemptively engage the city, and reach the world.

Our Vision

We envision thousands of people from every corner of the city united under a new identity in Jesus and sent to love, serve and challenge the city…and the cities of the world. Out of personal gospel renewal, urban renewal will flow, as the very spiritual, social and cultural fabric of Seattle is redeemed. To achieve this, our prayerful aim is to create a movement of autonomous gospel-centered churches in every neighborhood of the city. Through the city, we’ll reach the world.

What We Value

Jesus.

We love Jesus. He is our God. He is truth personified. He is the Cornerstone of the church and of reality itself. All things were created by Him, for Him and through Him. He is the Alpha and Omega, the first and last, the beginning and end. Our lives, our teaching, and our worship are all grounded in who Jesus is, what He did, and what He is doing – even today. We exist for Him.

Gospel.

The gospel is God’s good news to broken sinners that Jesus Christ came to live, die and rise again for the forgiveness of sin to bring redeemed sinners under God’s gracious reign for the renewal of all things. This news offers to bring us home to God for life that is truly life – every day. Our lives are centered in this news. We believe the grace offered in the gospel, imparted by the Spirit, is the most powerful change agent in the universe. The gospel changes everything and is for everyone, both believers and not-yet-believers.

City.

We love Seattle. We live here, work here, play here, and raise our families here. We are not in the city to stand above the city (in judgment) or to hide under the city (in fear) or to mirror the city (in surrender), but to serve and challenge the city (in love). We are here for Seattlites who dislike, hate or are skeptical of the church, as well as those who love the church. We are here to bring the gospel to bear in the every day, serving as the faithful presence of Christ, making God look as good as He really is.

Church.

A church is a people, not a place or an institution, who have been redeemed by Jesus and sent into their context to make God look as good as He really is. From beginning to end God’s aim is to glorify Himself through a people, His people, who He is calling out from all tribes, peoples and languages through the gospel. He calls this people the Church. We are an urban expression of God’s people in the city.

Mission.

The mission of God is to make disciples (followers). We want to see as many people as possible experience the sin-cleansing, shame-removing, life-changing, world-altering power of the gospel. We exist to share this news and our lives with urban workers, urban dwellers and the world.

Renewal.

We are committed to building a great city, not just a great church, through justice, mercy, creativity, and partnership. Out of personal gospel renewal, urban renewal will flow, as the very spiritual, social and cultural fabric of Seattle is redeemed. While we believe that lasting change in an individual, family, neighborhood, city or culture cannot happen apart from the transforming work of the gospel of grace in “word”, we are simultaneously called to salt and light the city with the gospel in “deed”.

Multiplication.

Do it all again. Everywhere.

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