What We Believe
Gospel. Community. Mission.
I am more sinful and flawed than I dare believe, yet I am more accepted and loved by God than I ever dared hope. These things are true at the same time, and they’re true because Jesus Christ lived and died in my place. -Tim Keller- The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ and the power of God’s kingdom has entered history to forgive our sin, heal our brokenness and restore all of creation. This renewing work of Jesus is what rescues us from the consequences of our sin and transforms us into His image (see 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, Romans 8:1-4). The gospel is a message for people who are far away from God, and a message for believers. It shapes every facet of our lives (home, work, neighborhood, church).
The gospel is a proclamation to be believed and a power to be experienced “individually and collectively”. God has created us to be relational beings as well. We need each other and we want to stop pretending that we don’t (see Acts 2:42-47And they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.). We believe the church is not a place, but a people — a community that is continually being reformed and renewed by the transforming power of the gospel. At The Village Church, our value for community drives us to be a simple church that resists complicated program-driven ministry models. We value relationships over events, buildings, budgets, or personalities.
The gospel calls us into a relationship with Christ and one another; and it also sends us out into the world on mission (see Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8, Matthew 25:34-40). We want to be a church that proclaims the gospel message, through Word, Sacrament, and deed, in the city of Atlanta and around the world. Additionally, our vision is not only to build one church, but to be a part of a movement of the gospel expressing itself in the multiplication of churches both locally and around the world.
What does it mean to be Anglican?
What is a gospel centered church?
- Reading and teaching the entire Bible in light of the gospel
- Weekly celebration of the Sacraments
- Preaching the gospel to unbelievers and believers alike
- Leaders applying the gospel to themselves first; church leaders are the first repenters
- Cultivating a leadership culture marked by an increasing Gospel astonishment
- Being known for an atmosphere of grace; gospel-centered churches are safe place for those outside the church.
- Being known as people who don’t just know the doctrine of the gospel but who also love Jesus and other people.
What is a missional church?
- Faithful contextualization – communicating gospel truths in a way the culture understands
- Encouraging missionaries rather than consumers – equipping people to live-out the Gospel in their everyday lives and work
- Mercy ministry – healing real wounds and righting injustices in Atlanta and around the world
- Church Planting – multiplying to new neighborhoods, states, and countries by starting new local churches
To sum up, Jesus not only lived among us, he also died for us. Therefore, being missional fails if it does not point to the cross. Through all we do, the message we’re translating for the culture is “Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
Rev. Curt Benham
Village Counseling Coordinator, Administrative Assistant
Carlyn, originally from Thomasville, GA, and her husband Jay have been in Atlanta for 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Studio Art at Furman University, where she also fell in love with youth ministry through her involvement in Young Life. In 2006, she moved to Atlanta to work with middle school youth and pursue a graduate degree in counseling. She joined the Village Church team in 2010, serving as the administrative assistant. Upon receiving a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University, she launched Village Counseling, a counseling ministry at The Village Church. Contact: Carlyn@villagechurchvinings.org
Director of Children and Students
Tee is a native of Tifton, Georgia and has worked as a teacher, daycare administrator, and virtual secretary. She received her B.A. in Education of Young Children from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a focus on children ages birth through kindergarten. Tee has been married to Joe for 12 years and they have two children, Zoey (7) and Jude (3). She loves family vacations, baking (especially if chocolate is involved), and shopping. Contact: Tee@villagechurchvinings.org
The Vestry is elected by church members to serve as lay leaders for three years. Responsibilities of the Vestry include overseeing all financial affairs, mainly the church budget, ensure the property of the church is maintained, and help empower and enable ministry plans set forth by the ministry team. The current VCV Vestry Members are:
- Rev. Curt Benham
- Teddy Cravens
- Karen Crowe
- David Green
- Joe McSpadden
- Mary Beth Pierce
- Joe Shelton