Our Mission: Grace Christian Fellowship exists to glorify God by forming Christ in a growing church.”
Our Strategy: “Our strategy to fulfill our mission is planting churches.” What types of churches do we want to plant? Churches that embrace our core values.
Our Core Values: Grace Christian Fellowship revolves around nine important core values. These presume faith in and commitment to our doctrinal statement, and are stated below in nine affirmations—
We are committed to the glory of God.
We exist for God: He does not exist for us. He created us to fulfill a specific purpose—to manifest His glory (Isa. 43:6). We glorify God primarily by living lives that reflect His glory (Rom. 8:18, Col. 1:27). This means we are committed to a radical God-centeredness in all that we do and say (Col. 1:18).
We are committed to gospel-centrality.
The gospel is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 14:1-5). The Cross of Christ is the heart and soul of the Gospel (1 Cor. 1:18-25, 2:2), and therefore Christianity. This implies a strong commitment to Christ centered expository preaching, counseling, discipleship, teaching, and worship.
We are committed to pursuing humility.
We believe that God designed salvation to humble humanity (Rom. 3:27, Gal. 6:14). Furthermore, we believe that humility is the chief virtue. In other words, if one grows in humility they will grow in every other virtue. To that end we encourage a robust pursuit of humility.
We are committed to the local church.
When God saves sinners, he saves them into the context of the local church (1 Cor. 12:13), since the Christian life is meant to be lived in the context of community. In light of these truths, we honor membership, practice church discipline, and submit to biblical church government. Furthermore, we believe that the local church is God’s only plan to fulfill the great commission.
We are committed to biblical manhood and womanhood.
Although men and women are equal in value, God created them with different functions in family and Church (1 Cor. 11:2-15, 14:32-35, 1 Pet. 3:1-7). Practically, this means God calls men to lead their wives and wives to submit to their husbands. (Eph. 5:22-33). It also means that God assigned the office of eldership and the task of preaching and teaching to men (1Tim 2:11-15, 3:1-7).
We are committed to the Great Commission.
We believe that the great commission is God’s primary mission for the local church (Matt. 28:18-20). Furthermore, we believe that the great commission applies to every member of every local church. Finally, we believe that the local church is the primary context for obeying the great commission.
We are committed to biblical fellowship.
We believe that biblical fellowship in the context of small groups and Biblical counseling are crucial for growth in godliness (Acts 2:42-47). Biblical fellowship is making known to others what God has made known to us. In addition, biblical fellowship involves receiving from others what God has made know to them (1 Jn. 1:3, Rom. 1:11ff) .
We are committed to training leaders.
We believe that it is the local churches responsibility to train leaders. This means that we are committed to training husbands, fathers, business leaders, deacons, ministry team leaders, and elders. This training happens in a variety of contexts.
We are committed to practicing healthy eldership.
We believe that a church can only be as healthy as its eldership. This means that our elders are committed to pursuing unity, fellowship, humility, and practicing a healthy form of plurality.
In the spring of 2002, six families joined together to plant what would become Grace Christian Fellowship. Our intention was to add a gospel-centered, gospel-driven church utterly dependent upon the power of the Holy Spirit. We started in Mark William’s basement. Within a month we had moved to the Fireside Room at Fourth Memorial Church. A few months later we began meeting at the Eat Right Wedding Chapel on North Washington street.
The Early Years
During these early years, many curious people came to check out the new church in town. Some stayed, and with this loyal nucleus we began to put down roots and grow upward. Then, in the spring of 2004 we moved to Our Savior Lutheran on north Washington. A year later St. Paul’s Lutheran, at our current location on North Hamilton, contacted us with an offer to sell. In December of 2005 we purchased St. Paul’s and the Lutheran congregation moved to a different facility.
North Spokane Plant
In October of 2010 we were forced to move to two Sunday morning services due to our growth. In the fall of 2011 we leased space from Fourth Memorial Church for eight months so that we could go back to one service. In the Spring of 2012 we moved back to our facility on Hamilton with the goal of handling future growth by planting a north campus, something we have always wanted to do. In October of 2013 we launched GCF North with 150 people. Currently we are one church with two locations. To God belongs the praise, the honor, and the glory!