Living Water United Church of Christ is a community of people who are followers of Jesus deeply rooted within the traditions of the African American Church. We have become a multicultural multiracial household of faith. We believe that in God's Beloved Community all of humanity has been created with a deep and intrinsic value. Each human being brings to the world gifts and graces that enhance other human beings' existence in the world. To that end, Living Water United Church of Christ welcomes and celebrates all of humanity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, age, faith background, educational status, economic status, physical or mental ability, national origin, culture or marital status within the full life of the congregation. We affirm everyone's ability to partake and share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, blessings and responsibilities of this congregation of Jesus Christ.
In every organization, there are guiding principles that help to clarify the vision, mission and core values. At Living Water, we have 4 principles. We are committed to being a church that is:
- Redeeming - We want to share the knowledge that Jesus Christ paid the price for humanity's sins at Golgotha Mount over 2000 years ago. We have been redeemed by his blood, that we might have eternal life in Heaven with God. We hope that others will experience this wondrous gift of eternal life offered through Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
- Restoring - Many people have been hurt by the church by way of their own failures or by the failures of others. They might still have a relationship with the Lord but are shy about being part of the greater body of Christ. It is our hope that, at Living Water, those individuals and families might find healing and restoration. In addition, we feel called to restore those who have fallen short in their journey with Christ. The Bible says, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." We want to reach not only those that have fallen short, but those that have been offended and hurt by the church for other reasons. The writer of Hebrews says that we should not absent ourselves from the fellowship of like-minded believers. Before you say all churches are the same, come check out Living Water. We just might surprise you! Our doors are open to all that would seek the Lord "in Spirit and in Truth."
- Renewing - No matter who you are, your faith must be renewed daily. What was yesterday's was sufficient for yesterday, but what we need is enough for today and - Lord willing - tomorrow. We feel compelled to be a place where believers are constantly being renewed in study, worship, fellowship and their faith.
- Refreshing - Honestly, we do not want to be like everyone else. If that were the case, we would not need to exist. It is our heart's desire to be a different kind of Christian center where people not only find redemption, restoration and renewal, but also find a place of refreshment. A place where the spring of living water that is within us will be tapped so we are refreshed in the journey.