Byron Peters and Greg Norfleet began talking about planting a church together in Chapel Hill in 2004 when they were both pastors at the The Church of the Good Shepherd (CGS) in Durham. In keeping with the CGS mission to start new churches in surrounding areas, Byron, Greg and a group of about 80 of us were sent to plant Christ Community Church (CCC) in Chapel Hill.
Since the first church service on August 7, 2005, we continue to be grateful for the remarkable work God has done in growing the CCC church plant into a vibrant Gospel-believing and established community church. We have fully functioning and successful Children’s and Youth Sunday School Programs, active Global Ministries and a Mercy Ministry, a thoughtful, Bible-based Christian Education curriculum, vibrant Community Groups, attractive Women’s and College Ministries and much more.
But perhaps most intriguing to those who continue to fill our doors is the genuine love people at CCC demonstrate towards our visitors and each other. We enjoy meeting and getting to know people and we are a community that welcomes visitors and those seeking to know more about Jesus.
To glorify God by connecting the riches of Jesus Christ to the realities of life.
The realities of life are sometimes good, sometimes bad and sometimes very ugly. We want to be a community that is willing to help and serve each other in every moment.
The riches of Jesus Christ change how we see and live. In a world of confusing voices, the words Jesus speaks make sense of our lives. In a world of shallow fixes, the work Jesus does makes all things new.
Connecting to Jesus is key. By what we say and what we do, we want to be a community that helps each other make this connection, because the words and works of Jesus are relevant to every person's life, including relationships and challenges.
We envision God transforming us by His Word and Spirit into the likeness of the risen Lord Jesus, so that we see as He sees and love as He loves, proclaiming Christ, making disciples, and renewing society in visionary gospel community. In this we rejoice, and offer all God has given back to Him in praise.
We want this transforming vision to become our reality because it is what God wants. God is the only one who can change hearts and He chooses to do so by His Spirit; we pray and hope to see Him doing this work at Christ Community Church.
We want to proclaim Jesus as Lord. We believe that the knowledge of Jesus Christ and a personal relationship with him is to be shared all over the world. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
We want to make new disciples. We want to help people become joyful, passionate followers of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)
We want to renew society. When hearts are turned to Jesus, and when disciples of Jesus are made, society can be changed and renewed. (Luke 14:25-35)