PROCLAMATION SHARED WITH THE CHURCH ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011

The College Hills Church of Christ is a family of faith seeking to make and nurture followers of Jesus.     

As Elders of the College Hills Church of Christ: 

WE BELIEVE that Christianity is losing too many of its young people.  Too many Christians are fading away and leaving the church.  

WE BELIEVE that the home is the primary place where faith is nurtured, yet many of us have outsourced or ignored the spiritual formation for our children.  Faithful Christ-like living isn't consistently happening in many of our homes today. 

WE BELIEVE that every believer has a place they call home and that God intends for Christ to be at the center of every home no matter what their life circumstance are. This is true whether a person is single, married, widowed, with children in the home, with children grown or no children at all.

WE BELIEVE that the most effective place for the gospel to be known, lived and proclaimed to the world is from the home.  When converted men and women fulfill their God-given role of making disciples at home, generations are transformed and the gospel is spread exponentially.  

WE BELIEVE a healthy family blesses the church and a healthy church blesses the family. 

WE BELIEVE that, as the family goes, so goes the future of the church.  Religious life in the home is more influential than the church.  Together, mom and dad are two-three times more influential than any program at church.

WE BELIEVE that since parents are the primary faith trainers, we must have a clear partnership between church and family with training for parents.    Families and churches must work together to accomplish the all-important task of passing along the faith. 

WE BELIEVE a major part of the remedy to this modern-day situation can be found in the ancient words of Moses in Deuteronomy 6.  "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Today's world is a very different world than what we've known before.  Unbelievably rapid change is taking place.   What we knew and counted on in our culture in the past is not necessarily the case today.   We cannot depend on other institutions and other people to do the job for us.  As parents, we must accept the responsibility to train and nurture our young.  It is necessary for parents to be more intentional than ever in passing on the legacy of faith.  From this day forward, we call the church and all its families to a higher standard. 


On this, the 28th day of August, 2011, we begin a new era.  It is because of these beliefs and for these reasons that we intend to covenant as a congregation to become a church that builds faith at home.  We will embrace a strategy to equip parents to be the primary influence in the faith development of their children.  We will expect, encourage, equip, and educate our entire church family.  We will be a church that seeks to mobilize its ministries and resources in order to build godly homes that will impact the world for generations.

THEREFORE, the elders and staff of the College Hills Church of Christ are committing to develop ministries, strategies, tools and resources to assist the home in being the primary place where faith is nurtured.  Our church is committed to helping men and women to make Christ the center of their homes and to build godly homes that can impact the world.