We exist to help people, believers and unbelievers, meet God and experience him through Christ and by the Spirit (1Cor 14:24-25). Since it is as God's people gather for worship that his presence is most acutely revealed and experienced (Lev 9:5–6; Jn 2:21–24; 1 Cor 14:24; Heb 12:22–29), our weekly worship gatherings hold a primary place for what we do as a church.
The Bible tells us that God is building a new community by creating a people for himself. The church is a counter-cultural community of disciples, who embody an alternative way of life and stand as a sign of God's purposes for the world. Because we know that we will never be what we are supposed to be or do what we were made to do while living in isolation from God and others, at CPC we strive to live with and for one another.
God is on a mission and has saved us to participate in his world-wide purpose to be known and loved (Is 11:9; Hab 2:14). Blessed to be a blessing (Gen 12:2–3), called to call, chosen for the sake of others (Ex 19:4–6; 1 Pet 2:9–11), CPC exists here in Santa Barbara as a witness to what God has done so that he might be worshipped as the world’s Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer.
God’s goal is to restore and renew his beautiful yet broken creation back to his original intention. In the Bible, that intention is called “shalom”. Shalom is “the webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight. Shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness … the way things ought to be.” We believe that only the message about Jesus (the gospel) can bring shalom. By that gospel, we exist to love and renew Santa Barbara, to seek its peace and prosperity (Jer 29:7). In the end we are not so much looking for Santa Barbara to have a better church, but for CPC to cultivate a better Santa Barbara.
For a fuller explanation of these priorities, read our Philosophy of Ministry.