"As the father has sent me, even so I am sending you"

John 20:21

Who we are

The Vision

In Guelph as it is in Heaven. Gathered and Scattered Believers.

The Mission

We are a family of missionary disciples, making disciples of Jesus, compelled to proclaim His Good News and do justice, in Guelph and to the ends of the earth.

The Strategy

Church of the City is is made up of small communities called ‘Missional Communities’. These communities are about the size of an extended family, geographically located, and on mission together to a particular neighbourhood or network of relationships. 

The Gathering

Every Sunday at 10:30 am we gather as one large collection of Missional Communities for something we call Reunion. We gather to be taught, spend time in community and be reminded of how much we are loved by Jesus. We meet gather at Centennial Collegiate weekly at 10:30 am Sunday Mornings.

Our Values

Discipleship

We are followers of Jesus. 

Our aim is to live as followers of Jesus. To learn his teachings so we know the right things about Him and His Kingdom so that we can live the right way. We hope to become like him and to carry on his Kingdom vision for the world.  

Mark 1:17, 8:34-37, Acts 2:14-41, Ephesians 1:20-23, Colossians 1:15-20

Family

We are adopted into the Father’s family

Our aim is to live as a family. We hope to love one another as brothers and sisters in everything we do as we gather and scatter in community regardless of age and stage. 

Mark 3v35, Acts 2v42-47, 4v32-35, Romans 8v14-17, Ephesians 1v5, 3v15, Philippians 4v1

Mission

We are sent by the Spirit.

Our aim is to live as missionaries, followers of the missionary God, both around the world and right here in Guelph, empowered by the Holy Spirit. We hope to join in God’s mission to put the world back into the shape he intended.

Matthew 28v18-20, John 20v21, Acts 1v8

Learning

We learn from the Scriptures.

Our aim is to be a people formed by the scriptures, hungry and thirsty for the voice of God. We hope that we would be challenged by the scriptures in our gatherings, communities, etc., and in this fall more deeply in love with the author, God.

Joshua 1v7-8, Psalm 1, Matthew 22v29, 37, 2 Timothy 3v14-17, 2 Peter 1v19-21

Justice

We do good.

Our aim is to live the gracious and generous way of Jesus. To share with those in need, inside and outside the church, locally and globally. We hope that we might become a church where there are “no needy persons among” us.

Job 29v12-17, Isaiah 1v10-18, Amos 2v4-8, 5v24, 6v1-7, Micah 6v8, Acts 2v45, 4v32- 36

Church Planting

We plant churches.

Our aim is to recapture a theology of place – to be a kingdom presence everywhere God has placed us. We hope to carry the gospel forward locally and globally by planting contextual kingdom-minded churches everywhere God leads.

Genesis 1v28, Matthew 28v18-20, Romans 1v7, 1 Corinthians 1v2, Ephesians 1v1, Philippians 1v1

Generations

We call the emerging generation.

Our aim is to be a community that rises up and releases young people into the kingdom of God. We believe that in this “fatherless generation” the best thing a church can do for young people is to have older people to come alongside them. We hope to be a church family that has the vitality and energy of youth with the wisdom and experience of maturity.

Psalm 145v4, 2 Timothy 2v2, Titus 2v3-4

Kingdom

We step expectantly towards the Kingdom.

Our aim is to be a Kingdom-focused people. We believe that the Kingdom of God is the healing, life-giving rule of God where His will is done, on earth as it is in heaven. But the kingdom is also coming in the future when Jesus comes back to extend God’s rule over everything. We hope to be participants in the renewal of all things as we partner with churches to serve our cities, do justice and preach the good news of Jesus.

Matthew 6v10, Mark 1v15, Jesus’ parables

Prayer

We Pray.
Our aim is to be a people who pray. We believe that prayer changes reality by moving the hand of God and so we pray for his will to be done here “as it is in heaven.” We hope to see God’s will done in our communities as we pray to know his will and call upon His powerful hand to renew all things.

Matthew 6v9-10, Acts 1v12-14, 4v23-31, Ephesians 6v18-20, 1 Thessalonians 5v17

Our Leadership

Matt Naismith

Pastor of Teaching & Vision
Elder

Spencer Adams

Pastor of Missional Living

John Gaddye

Elder

Cam Ogilvie

Music Director
Elder

Brigitta Wideman

CityKids Coordinator

Hannah Nelles

Youth Intern

James Bast

Pastor of Gathered Life & Ministry Leadership
Elder

Jeff Bousfield

Elder

Matt Klein Geltink

Elder

Jeremiah Thomas

Church Planter
Brampton

Nicolas Carney

Pastoral Intern

Michael VanEgmond

Pastoral Intern

Our Beliefs

The Bible

We believe the Bible to be the complete Word of God; that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error; that the Bible is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice and the true basis of Christian union.

Jesus Christ

We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ, in His eternal existence with the Father in pre-incarnate glory, in His virgin birth, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, triumphant ascension, mediatorial ministry and personal return.

God

We believe in one God, Creator of all, holy, sovereign, eternal, existing in three equal Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit

We believe in the absolute and essential deity and personality of the Holy Spirit Who convinces of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; Who regenerates, sanctifies, illuminates and comforts those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Satan

We believe that Satan exists as an evil personality, the originator of sin, the archenemy of God and man.

Man

We believe that man was divinely created in the image of God; that he sinned, becoming guilty before God, resulting in total depravity, thereby incurring physical and spiritual death.

Salvation

We believe that salvation is by the sovereign, electing grace of God; that by the appointment of the Father, Christ voluntarily suffered a vicarious, expiatory and propitiatory death; that justification is by faith alone in the all-sufficient sacrifice and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and that those whom God has effectually called shall be divinely preserved and finally perfected in the image of the Lord.

Future

We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ; in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust; in the eternal blessedness of the redeemed and in the judgment and conscious, eternal punishment of the wicked.

The Local Church

We believe that a church is a company of immersed believers, called out from the world, separated unto the Lord Jesus, voluntarily associated for the ministry of the Word, the mutual edification of its members, the propagation of the faith and the observance of the ordinances. We believe it is a sovereign, independent body, exercising its own divinely awarded gifts, precepts and privileges under the Lordship of Christ, the Great Head of the church. We believe that its officers are pastors and deacons.

Ordinances

We believe that there are only two ordinances for the church regularly observed in the New Testament in the following order: – Baptism, which is the immersion of the believer in water, whereby he obeys Christ’s command and sets forth his identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. – The Lord’s Supper, which is the memorial wherein the believer partakes of the two elements, bread and wine, which symbolize the Lord’s body and shed blood, proclaiming His death until He comes.

Church & State

We believe in the entire separation of church and state.

Religious Liberty

We believe in religious liberty; that every man has the right to practice and propagate his beliefs.

The Lord’s Day

We believe that the first day of the week is the Lord’s day and that, in a special sense, it is the divinely appointed day for worship and spiritual exercise.

Civil Government

We believe that civil government is of divine appointment for the interest and good order of society; that magistrates are to be prayed for, conscientiously honoured and obeyed, except only in the things opposed to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the only Lord of the conscience and Prince of the kings of the earth.

*All content is taken from febcentral.ca/WhatWeBelieve as we are a FEB Church.