Our Vision Statement: "Johnson Street Church of Christ PARTNERS with God to EMBRACE each other as followers of Jesus and ENGAGE our community with His TRANSFORMING love."


DOWNLAOD LINK JSCC Vision Objectives

The Vision Team was commissioned in July 2021 by the Johnson Street Church to begin a vision process for the church. With guidance from Carson Reed, the team met most months throughout the past year, with the co-chairs and Scott meeting biweekly (sometimes weekly) to organize, plan, and facilitate the process. Carson provided continued support via Zoom and attending in person events when available. From the beginning, the desire of the Vision Team, co-chairs, and Scott was to be led by the Spirit throughout the process. The committee and co-chairs spent extensive time in prayer this past year and committed the entire process to God. We know that God has a preferred future for Johnson Street. The Vision resolved to collaboratively pray and discover what that preferred future is. The Vision Team was called into existence by the church leaders to intentionally explore what God has in store for our congregation. The process of identifying a vision was to develop the road map that takes our church from its current location to fulfilling God’s mission for our church which is to be the extension of God on this Earth. We began with an extensive look at our current Context, Assets, and Energies. Information was gathered in various methods including development of sub- committees, interviews, an online survey, and data digging at the church. With the completion of each area, key themes began to emerge about who Johnson Street is currently as a congregation. The work from the Vision Team in each of these areas led to the development of a Vision Statement. This process included the entire Vision Team and many weeks were devoted to crafting the following statement: Johnson Street Church of Christ partners with God to embrace each other as followers of Jesus and engage our community with His transforming love.


The Vision Statement was unveiled at a Vision Development Workshop held in the Family Center on May 7th. One hundred and five members of the congregation participated in this three-hour event where they were able to pray, share, and dream about how this vision statement could be applied to areas of Worship, Discipleship, and Community. The excitement and participation of those attending was palpable and was a highlight of this process. The notes from each small group table were compiled, and the Vision Team spent time recording and organizing the comments shared that day. After analyzing reports from each of the 13 tables, the Vision Team worked to identify key themes and concepts that emerged from the data. These key themes were developed into eight objectives, along with bulleted actions to fulfill the objectives. The attached objectives and actions clearly reflect the voices of our congregation that were shared during the Vision Development Workshop and embody our desire to fulfill the vision statement to join God where we believe He is already working.


1 - Create a more welcoming environment to allow us to embrace each other as followers of Jesus and engage new members and guests. (An environment that brings glory to God is created when we accept one another as God has accepted us. Romans 15 with a special emphasis on verses 5-7)

2- Structure our corporate worship environment to promote more active partcipaton of the entire congregaton and community. (The Holy Spirit has given all of his followers spiritual gifts to be used for the common good. These followers and their gifts make up the body of Christ and are worthy of honor. 1 Cor 12, Ephesians 4:11-16)

3- Organize ministries within our church in a strategic manner to empower staff members and leadership teams to actively serve our church and community. (God has equipped his servants with the capacity to build up the body of Christ so that the body of Christ can realize unity and maturity in the faith. Ephesians 4)

4- Implement practical ways for both our members and guests to embrace and engage within our church and the community. (The body of Christ is committed to echoing Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost in practical ways. John 15:16–17, John 13:34–35)

5- Restructure facilities to allow more opportunities to embrace our members and engage with our community and guests within our church. (Though we are free to do what we wish with what we have, we have made ourselves a slave to everyone so that we might save some. We relinquish our rights and preferences to sacred cows for the sake of the gospel. 1 Cor 9:19-23)

6- Align and utalize small groups and adult bible classes to allow members opportunities to partner with God and embrace each other as followers of Jesus while also being a nurturing environment for guests. (We are called to encourage one another and to spur one another on to good deeds. Smaller, more intimate groups foster both service and relationship both inside and outside the community of faith. Hebrew 10:24-25)

7- Actively develop and support areas of discipleship and fellowship for specified populations in our membership such as college age students, women, men, married, unmarried, seniors, children, and youth. (Personal relationships are the key to making disciples. Paul’s personal relationship with Timothy was the catalyst to spiritual and community growth. 2 Timothy 2:1,2, Romans 10:14–17)

8- Intentionally seek and develop partnerships and opportunities within the community in which our church can serve. (We were called into community to make disciples. Just as Paul leaned into his partnership with the churches in Philippi, Thessalonica, and Colosse, (to name a few) we have potential partners in the gospel that can help us fulfill the great commission. Philippians 1:3-6, Luke 19:10)

Our Beliefs


There is one true God. He is the Creator of all life and the Ruler of the universe He eternal exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. (Romans 8, Ephesians 1:13-14)


Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and revealed to the world the very character and nature of God. To know Jesus is to know God. His deeds, teachings and miraculous acts proved to the world that he was the son of God. His life, motivated by love, culminated in a sacrifice on the cross where he took upon himself the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. He was the first to overcome death through the power of God who resurrected him on the third day. He ascended to God and will one day return with him. (Matthew 1:22-23; John 1:1,14,18; Acts 10:37-43; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-21; Hebrews 1:1-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Holy Spirit

When Jesus died on the cross, he gave up his spirit, the very same spirit that is in God himself, the same spirit that was present in the beginning at the creation of the world. The Holy Spirit was promised to dwell in each member of God’s family as a Helper and Guide. It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that a person comes to salvation. The Spirit gives the believer gifts that are attributes of God himself. And it is through the presence of the holy spirit that the believer is slowly transformed into the very image of God. (John 19:30, Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 2:12; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 3:18)


God created humans in His own image and without sin. However, human beings fell away from God through a free will choice to act in unrighteousness. Humans were in a helpless state because of sin, but God acted to bring redemption. (Ephesians 1:4-6; Romans 3:23 Acts 17:24-28; Isaiah 59:1-2)

The Church

The Church is not a building or one particular group of believers. It is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit to reach those separated from God and mature those who have been restored to God through Christ. This faith community gathers together on a regular basis to encourage, to serve, and to offer worship to God at which time the body communes together by sharing the Lord’s Supper. (Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 4:1-16, 5:29-30, John 17:20-23, John 13:34-35,  1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-10)


God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to restore us through His life, death upon the cross, burial and resurrection. Salvation is a free gift of God received through faith and expressed through confession, repentance, and baptism (immersed in water). (1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Romans 1:16-17; 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 10:9, John 3:16, Acts 2:38)


As followers of Jesus, we decide to follow His example and to do the things He asks of us. Jesus was baptized and told us to be baptized. (Matthew 3:13-17, Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16 1 Peter 3:21)

The Bible

The Bible is God’s written Word. The Word of God is truth. It tells us who God is, why He loves us, and what His plans are for us. It is a compilation of books and letters written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the authority or standard for living our lives according to God’s will for us. (Psalm 19:7-11; Psalm 119:105, 160; John 17:17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)


When the time set by the Father is complete, Jesus will return. He will judge the world for sin. final judgment will be rendered, The image of God will be completely restored within us, and we will reign with Christ forever. Those who have not chosen to believe or follow will be eternally separated from God. (Ezekiel 18:20; Matthew 7:21-23,1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 John 3:2; Acts 1:11)


God not only wants to save us, He wants to transform us into His image as revealed in Jesus Christ. Transformation is initiated by salvation, sustained by God’s grace, and gathers momentum as our will is brought into ever-increasing alignment with God’s will. (Philippians 2:12, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 13:12)

A Note From Scott Allen, Senior Minister

I want to extend a personal welcome to you and let you know you are being prayed over. As our guest, you can expect a warm, friendly environment full of people who are excited to welcome you! There’s no dress code so feel free to dress casually or in a suit if you prefer. Whatever you choose, we just want you to be comfortable.

If you are new to Jesus and Christianity, we want you to know this is a safe place where you can ask questions, explore doubts, and grow with others. JSCC is a community of people, dedicated to helping one another take next steps and fulfill the purpose God has established for them. Our mission is simple…To love the Lord our God with all our Heart, our Soul, our MInd and our Strength. We are imperfect people doing our best to live into this mission.

Life is both too short and too long to try to figure it out on your own. We are committed to doing and giving life together. Please find me on Sunday and let me help you take your next steps in your faith journey to REACH UP, REACH IN, and REACH OUT.

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