Our Values Our vision is founded upon three core values: discipleship, missional living, and multiethnicity
A disciple of Jesus knows Him intimately, loves Him deeply and imitates Him daily. Daily, followers of Christ seek God in prayer, read His word, apply its truth, act on its commands, and worship God our Father as King.
A disciple of Jesus also encourages others far from God to seek His truth. Disciples teach who God is, what He has done, and what He will do to those who know Him not. Disciples are also used by God to help transform the lives, hopes, and perspectives of people through the power of the Gospel. Finally, disciples of Jesus seek to fuel a passion for God’s kingdom, holiness, and they are accountable to the broader fellowship of the church and for every man, woman, and child in our city, and by extension in our world.
As disciples of Christ, we cherish God’s amazing grace above all else (Philippians 3:7-11). From broken and contrite hearts (Psalm 34:18), we now seek to honor God our Father as His sons and daughters (Malaci 1:6). Inspired by Christ’s work on our behalf, we seek to bring honor to our King by being His ambassadors to lost world. By our actions we desire to display God’s kindness, goodness, love, and mercy, and with our words we speak of His unchanging truth in the gospel. At Uptown, the DNA of every member is to live on mission and in missional community.
Living on mission and in missional community requires cherishing and striving for a multiethnic identity. Charleston is an ethnically and racially diverse city, and while the different ethnic communities of Charleston have historically worked together to achieve common goals, a renewed commitment to gospel centered community is tearing down the racially dividing walls. One of the great tragedies of American Christianity and life has been the isolation of different ethnic groups into individualized communities. Although in many cases this has been and is a subconscious reality, great harm has been done to the gospel because Christians of different racial backgrounds need one another! In the book of Acts, the model church was not located in Jerusalem, but in Antioch. It was in Antioch that Christians were named after their Savior. It was the Church of Antioch that they commissioned the first missionaries. Why was this the case? The simple answer is that the church was always intended to reflect God’s multiethnic kingdom, and at Uptown, following the example of other churches on the Peninsula, we will be a church that reflects the multiethnic identity of our City and the multicolored Kingdom of our God.
What We Believe
At Uptown Church, we believe in the authority and inspiration of God’s Word (the Bible), the life changing goodness of the Gospel, the glory of the Triune God, and the sufficiency of Christ’s atoning work by His death and resurrection. For a more systematic and detailed collection of our basic beliefs, Uptown Church affirms “The Baptist Faith and Message 2000” as a basic affirmation of Christian beliefs, and a general statement of faith.