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BAckgroundChrist Church Missoula is a biblical covenant community founded upon Christ-centered covenant renewal worship, preaching and teaching of God’s Word, observation of the sacraments, community service & outreach, and a strong emphasis on family and Christian education. As a church of Jesus Christ, we are "committed to the apostles' teaching, and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (Acts 2:42).

BACKGROUND

Christ Church Missoula was founded in December 2008 and began covenant renewal worship services in January 2009 as a mission church under the general oversight and jurisdiction of Christ Church of Moscow, Idaho. In the Fall of 2012 the church installed its first pastor, established a plurality of elders and a diaconate, and was released from the jurisdiction of Christ Church Moscow to be a self-governing church.

Church Affiliation

Affiliation

Since there is "one faith, one Lord and one Baptism" (Eph. 4:5), Christ Church Missoula is connected by the Spirit to all those who profess the Christian faith and are baptized into the triune name of God.  Furthermore, believing it important to have a polity which connects us with other churches institutionally, we are a member church of Knox Presbytery within the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches.  And believing it important to be in fellowship and ministry partnership with other faithful churches in our local community, we join with an Anglican congregation for an annual Advent Service, and our pastor has joined forces with ministers from a number of evangelical churches to support and promote The City Forum, bringing gospel centered seminars to Missoula to equip the body of Christ for our mission as Christians in this place. 

What We Believe
As a church, our statement of faith is included in our Book of Confessions on this website and contains those creeds and confessions of the historic church to which we subscribe, including the Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Council of Chalcedon (451 A.D.), the Athanasian Creed, the 39 Articles of Religion, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canon's of Dort, and the Westminster Confession of Faith & Shorter Catechism.  We have also adopted, and recommend for use in catechesis, recently published catechisms entitled "I Belong to God" and "To Be A Christian". Since these theological documents vary slightly from one another, we tend to use the Westminster Confession (with some stated differences) as our default Standard for examining the doctrine of church officers.  While the officers of Christ Church Missoula commend our historic creeds and confessions to all Christians, we do not require church members to embrace all the statements contained therein; and we encourage our members to be in fellowship with followers of Christ from other Christian traditions, keeping in mind the apostle Paul's exhortation to "walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Eph 4:1-3).

some particular emphases

  • Weekly covenant renewal worship which is robust and joyful and includes: reading and preaching of God’s Word, singing of Psalms and hymns, corporate prayer, and the Lord’s Supper;
  • Teaching that is squarely in the reformed evangelical tradition, and that recognizes Christ’s lordship over all of creation and every aspect of our lives; (see pastor recommended christian ed curriculum);
  • Raising our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord with particular emphasis on family discipleship and Christian education;
  • An optimistic view of history with the expectation that the gospel will gradually spread throughout the world and one day all nations will submit to Christ;
  • Practice of pastoral care and church discipline with the goal of ongoing faithfulness to Christ and fellowship in his Church; 
  • Engagement with contemporary culture through teaching, discussions and seminars; and
  • Encouragement toward spiritual formation in the Book of Common Prayer tradition, following the church calendar and observing the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer.   

Planned MinistriesMinistries
Our current ministries include weekly family-integrated worship services with communion; monthly Bible & Theology Study, Family Fellowships, and Sunday "Pot-Luck";  occasional discussions and seminars focused on culture and contemporary issues; encouragement and direction for Homeschooling and Classical Christian Education; and encouragement and direction for individuals to engage in community service & outreach.  

Our deacons oversee a benevolence fund to meet needs in the local community. 

Leadership

Leadership
Rev. Andrew Voelkel was called as Pastor & Ministering Elder in June 2012 and began serving the church in September 2012. Pastor Voelkel holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Auburn University and Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Pastor Voelkel is formerly Associate Pastor of South Baton Rouge Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Louisiana. He has been married to Carol since 1997 and has six children: Drew, Caleb, James, Luke, Hannah and Sarah.   

Our Church is governed by a session of elders, currently consisting of Pastor Voelkel, Rev. Francis Foucachon (overseeing-elder) and ruling-elder Mike Harkin.  The Church is also served by Deacon Taylor Crawford.

Vision, Mission & Strategy  

A Vision Statement: At Christ Church Missoula we desire to regularly receive the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and through faithful participation in the life of Christ’s one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, in order to become and remain mature disciples of Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit and zealous for good works.

A Mission Statement: As a congregation of Christ’s church, we believe our God-given mission is to proclaim, celebrate and advance the Kingdom of God in Christ,  to the glory of God and the good of all creation.  

A Strategy Statement: To realize our vision and to fulfill our mission, we strive to worship faithfully,  give and receive hospitality, cultivate a life of prayer and devotion informed by the scriptures, and sacrificially serve our families, neighbors and communities in accordance with our various callings, competences and spiritual gifts.

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