"Heaven have mercy on us all—Presbyterians and pagans alike—for we are all cracked about the head, and sadly in need of mending." — Herman Melville, Moby Dick
We are a church that is connected to and accountable to other churches. We are a mission church of the Presbyterian Church in America and also a member of the Acts 29 Network. The three phrases below capture our theological identity:
What we believe and what shapes our identity as a church is a story. It's a true story rooted in history and communicated through God's Word, the Bible. The biblical story comes to us in four main acts: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. This story ultimately tells the story of the gospel. The gospel is the good news of how God has entered human history to rescue and renew His broken creation from sin through Jesus Christ. This good news of rescue is the guiding priority for everything we do as a church. It's the central, unifying reality for us. We embrace the historic Christian faith as it's expressed in the creeds of the Church (e.g., the Apostles' Creed and Nicene Creed).
We are committed to translating the historic Christian gospel in ways that are comprehensible and meaningful to our contemporary world. God has called us to this particular place at this particular time. Our responsibility is to flesh out the story of redemption as missionaries, giving consideration to what makes Wilmington unique. We don't feel the need to make the gospel relevant. Our calling is to demonstrate how the gospel is already relevant, transcending times and places.
We are committed to a Presbyterian system of church government (we think it's good and wise to be connected and accountable). We believe that God is sovereign in all things, and that the sacraments of baptism and communion not only represent God's grace, but also seal and apply that grace to our lives.
Despite our Presbyterian distinctives, we believe the gospel is the main thing. You don't need to be "Presbyterian" to attend City Church or to become a member.