CityChurch is a welcoming and joyful community of faith with where everyone can experience life-changing spirituality as we explore the way of Jesus together. We exist to nurture spiritual growth in the life of the individual and community, and to be a benefit and resource to Iowa City and the world beyond through outreach and service. Want to see what our Sunday mornings look like? Check out our video on YouTube.
We launched our first service in September in 2016 and our launch team is made up of people who love Iowa City and want to provide a context for Iowa Citians to comfortably explore satisfying spirituality and a relationship with God. Knowing Jesus has truly changed our lives, and we love to talk about him with others!
Cornerstones support the walls as they are fitted together.
In the same way, our values serve as an anchor for all of the different parts of our lives: what we do with our time, how we do or don’t nurture our spiritual or physical health, how we spend our money, and how we live out our role in the context of a spiritual, local, and global community is all impacted by what we value. Here are some things we believe (and/or things that are just important to us) and what we've placed as cornerstones underneath our young CityChurch community.
God’s love changes everything. When we get a taste of God’s love and goodness, we can’t help but see the world differently, live differently and love differently.
Jesus was God in flesh-and-blood; he moved into a physical, literal neighborhood about 2000 years ago. His life and the light he offered changed everything for people then and now.
The Bible is the confounding, mysterious, breathtaking story of God working to draw all people everywhere to him. It was written in multiple genres by different authors with unique cultural lenses at different times in history, but inspired by God so that we could be changed and transformed and drawn closer to God by saturating ourselves with its magnificent love story.
Honoring the neighbor is the work that Jesus did when he moved into the neighborhood, so to speak, and acted more like a servant than a king. Being neighborly to everyone is and was God’s work, and now it is our privilege and delight to be good local and global neighbors, which means concerning ourselves with the needs of others near and far.
Following Jesus is a rewarding and intense journey; we think an ever-deepening friendship with God is a worthwhile life-long pursuit.
Building community with others takes time, but we think that finding a tribe of people who can encourage you in your spiritual journey, sit with you in your questions, and listen with you for the voice of Jesus is priceless.
Everyone has gifts, abilities and the capacity for meaningful work (whether secular or sacred, paid or volunteer) that engages the whole self and is honoring to the church, local, or global community and to God. We should engage in this kind of work.
Intentional rest allows us to refuel and reconnect in our relationships with God and others while resisting culture's pull to work harder, longer, and faster in order to accumulate more stuff or gain more power.
Questions invite God to speak to us about our deepest concerns and longings. We don’t have answers to all of the questions (we are still asking some ourselves!), but we value the process of asking and listening and dialoguing with God and with one another.
And that leads to mystery. We feel like we can rest squarely on the goodness and love of God found in the Bible and experienced in our daily lives. But, there is beauty, imagination, and longing in the place of not-having-all-the-answers-to-all-of-our-questions. We’re content with not having the answers to some of our questions, but this not-knowing doesn't change our faith in God. It only enlivens it.