"THE WORD BECAME FLESH AND BLOOD,
AND MOVED INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD."
-John 1, The Message
Welcome to City Church Long Beach.
We love Jesus and we love our city. We believe Jesus was already at work to bring renewal, peace, hope, and transformation to Long Beach long before our church started, and he will continue to do so long after we are gone—we simply want to join him in what he is doing here and now.
Our mission is to develop a multi-everything community of people who hear and respond to Jesus, and to help others to do the same.
Three things motivate us:
- Jesus, because he's awesome.
- Discipleship, since that's where Jesus invites us into a life with him.
- The Kingdom, because the life Jesus invites us into is seeing heaven's kingdom come to earth.
We have succeeded when we embody these traits:
- Authenticity, letting others know who we really are.
- Team, doing life together.
- Generosity, to give freely and often.
- Growth, help each other take the next step of the journey.
We've succeeded in our competency goals when we regularly hear and respond to God with joy, be it with our families, friends, neighborhoods, or in our work and schools. When we intentionally invest in the spiritual growth of others and start new worship communities that share our mission and values, we believe we have succeeded.
MEET OUR STAFF
Bill White, Lead Pastor
Brenna Rubio, Executive Pastor
Erin Arendse, Administrator
Sara and Greg Dolmage, Worship Leaders
Kate Bruins, Administrative Assistant
Tony Cowans, Intern
Our Doctrinal Statement
Let’s start with these two assumptions. First, everyone is tired of Christians who claim to believe things that don’t line up with how they actually live. Second, belief is an ever-growing reality—at its best, it steadily transforms our day-to-day lives for good. As such, belief doesn’t translate well into a few paragraphs on a website.
At City Church Long Beach, we want to embrace a holistic view of faith—one where words of the heart manifest in the work of our hands. In other words, you only truly believe what you do. The sad truth is, there are days when our lives express our belief in God, and there are other days when our beliefs are more like empty statements.
Ultimately, you can find our actual beliefs in the lived out expressions of our collective lives. The belief statement below is therefore simply that, a statement. It’s something you might say we’re relying on, or trusting in. And it’s something that ultimately we aspire to believe—not just in our hearts and minds, but in the way we live in this world.
We believe in:
The only true God, the Creator of all things,
existing eternally in three persons
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
full of love and glory.
The unique divine inspiration,
and authority of the Bible.
The value and dignity of all people, created in God’s glorious image,
but alienated from God and each other because of our sin and guilt.
Jesus Christ, fully human and fully divine,
who lived a glorious and perfect life,
who taught how to live in the new kingdom he established,
who assumed the judgment due sinners by dying in our place,
and who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as Savior and Lord.
Forgiveness of sins and reconnection with God
which is by God’s grace alone
to all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation.
The indwelling presence and transforming power of the Holy Spirit
who gives to all believers a new life and a new calling.
The unity of all believers in Jesus Christ,
sons and daughters of God, friends of Jesus, a home for the Holy Spirit
a community of brothers and sisters participating in the coming of God’s Kingdom to earth
manifest in worshiping and witnessing churches
and making disciples throughout the world.
The victorious reign and future personal return of Jesus Christ,
who will judge all people with justice and mercy,
giving over the unrepentant to eternal condemnation
but receiving the redeemed into eternal life.
And the consummation of all things,
a tangible and utterly new reality
where the limitless and unimpeded beauty, creativity and majesty of God
gives birth to eternal worship and life together.