We invite you to worship with us and to give us feedback as to how well we are doing at honoring our mission and vision.
Christ Church of Peace is determined not to become a religious "business". We want our focus to be worship and ministry. It is our belief that offerings are not given to keep a church, as an organization, alive; but rather to help provide for ministry needs.
Christ Church of Peace is committed to giving to the community. It is our desire to be a vital and active supporter of the community. We provide ongoing financial support to a variety of community interests; i.e., the homeless, the hungry, Habitat for Humanity.
Christ Church of Peace will be best known for innovative ministry in service to God, and will be the church of choice for all people seeking a spiritual home. We will be a role model for others to follow, growing stronger though diversity ... and becoming a tool for social change.
ON NOVEMBER 19, 2014 CHRIST CHURCH OF PEACE CELEBRATED 14 YEARS OF MINISTRY AND WORSHIP IN THE JACKSONVILLE COMMUNITY.
Is Christ Church of Peace part of a denomination?
Christ Church of Peace is "congregational" in government. Though not affiliated with any
denomination, per se, we have maintained membership in the International Council of Community Churches for a number of years.
As a Christian Church, we are accepting and affirming of ALL people, just as they are, assisting them to embrace their totality by accepting themselves as created and loved by God, teaching them to more fully develop their spiritual life in the teachings of Christ.
Our Ministry Assistant Program:
One of the most important responsibilities of any church is to minister effectively to its membership . To meet this responsibility, Christ Church of Peace created Ministry Assistant Teams, each headed by a Ministry Assistant. By dividing the congregation into these smaller units we feel the needs, cares and concerns of all individuals in our congregation can best be ministered to graciously. If you would like to discuss being a Ministry Assistant, or aren't sure who is your Ministry Assistant, please contact the church office.
Rev. Kendall J. Guthrie
July 7, 2014
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Christ Church Of Peace (CCOP),
I continue to be filled with joy and awe at the precious Grace of God, for the persistent call and leading, and the confirmation of God’s call for me to serve at CCOP in ministry as your pastor.
As many of you have experienced for yourself, each of our journeys in life often take us in unexpected directions, but when we open our spiritual ears and hear the voice of God, we will always find the right direction. If we listen for that voice, we will find that it will drown out all those other voices in our heads and all around us telling us we can’t. As the Apostle, Paul, wrote to the church in Corinth, “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7). The walk of faith is one which is guided by the Holy Spirit, on that which may be evident but not necessarily seen, or at least seen clearly. The walk of faith means that we must be willing to get out of the comfort of the boat we’re in, amidst the stormy waves, and up on the torrent with our eyes solely fixed on the One true and risen Lord.
Grace happens every time we are obedient. God does not go away, like some of the people in our lives, regardless of our actions or inactions. It is the persistence of God’s grace that has brought me this far and it will be that same grace that I expect will make Christ Church Of Peace a place where seekers truly find God and a whole bunch of people who love and serve God.
To me, a “church,” is not a building; a church is a group of people who, gathered in the name of Christ, are committed to being faithful in all of life. Some churches boast the slogan, “we are a church with a mission.” I maintain that we must be a “mission with a church.”
I thank each of you at CCOP for blessing me with the opportunity to answer God’s call and share with you in our mission as your Pastor. I do not take this opportunity lightly nor do I consider it anything less than God putting me where God wants me to be to do that which God has called me to do. My Life Partner, John, and I have prayed for God to complete a work in us, that we can be used to do all we can, to let everyone, we can, know that God loves them, regardless of who they are or who they love. I praise God for giving me to John and for giving John to me and that he is truly as committed to this ministry as I am.
I’m thankful I serve an extremely persistent God and for the grace that has brought me again to the place I once was and beyond it to this new journey.
As we press forward to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of us, let us do what we must to move beyond anything from the past which would only serve to slow us down.
There are so many people in Jacksonville and surrounding areas waiting for hope. My vision for CCOP is that we be the place of worship where they find the hope they need. I am convinced that God will work through us all to show the world, in which we live, who God really is and how much God really loves all.
Again, my gratitude to all who have given so much, for so long to ensure that the doors of CCOP stay open and the ministry strong. Let us keep the faith and enjoy the journey.
Love and Peace, Your Pastor,
Our Pastor of Worship Arts
Rev. Larry Michael (Mike) Feltman
While some churches are organized around a hierarchical or "episcopal" model where authority is vested in bishops of various statures (i.e., Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran), others are based on a "presbyterian" model where church elders are charged with much decision-making. Yet another biblical model for church organization is the "congregational" wherein authority is vested collectively in the body of believers.
Though non-denominational, Christ Church of Peace follows the congregational model. As a local body of believers, our congregation is ultimately responsible for making or delegating all decision-making.
Our bylaws were revised at our Annual Congregational Meeting on 10/27/13 and are linked here for your consideration.
At Christ Church of Peace, a Ministry Operations Team (MOT) oversees the church, its pastor and staff. Serving our congregation are:
Ministry Assistants Mike M.
MOT Moderator Al R.
MOT Member Donna
MOT Member David L.
MOT Member Antoinette
MOT Member Marvin D.
MOT Member VACANT
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Our Guiding Principles
At Christ Church of Peace, we believe:
God, who is known by many names, is our higher power and our divine presence.
Jesus the Christ was in unique relationship with God. Jesus' life and teachings serve as a model and as instruction for us to follow in our human relationships and in our relationship with God.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience but, rather, spiritual beings having a human experience.
The Bible is a book of divinely inspired human authorship. The Old Testament section of the Bible is primarily the written story of the Hebrew people's understanding of their relationship with God and how they believed God worked and intervened in their life. The New Testament section of the Bible contains the life and teachings of Jesus. Further, it describes the beginnings of the Christian church. The Bible contains spiritual principles that can enhance individual lives, life in community, and relationship with God.
Love is supreme and takes precedence over all religious doctrine, creeds, writings, beliefs, liturgies, and dogmas. We come to this understanding through the teaching of Jesus as found in Matthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31 and Luke 10:25-28. Jesus' teaching clearly states that loving God and loving others is the foundation of all religious writing and law; and further, it is through loving God and others that one experiences more meaningful life now and in the afterlife. As well as teaching love, Jesus served as a model of love. He is recorded as saying in John 13:34-35, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
It is possible, as long as love is practiced, for people of differing understandings and beliefs about God and Jesus to sit at the same table and to worship in the same religious/spiritual community. This diversity of belief and practice provides for challenging worship and ministry, as well as for spiritual growth and discovery.
All religions and faiths that teach and practice love as the core of their belief system are authentic.
Spoken at the ICCC Conference 2012: "We are united without being uniform. In relationship without competition for power. Celebrating oneness in Christ."