The Great Commission of Mt. 28:18-20 has two components that are part of making disciples. One part is getting them started as a disciple (that's what “baptizing” refers to). The other part is taking disciples deeper in their faith and commitment (that's what “teaching them to observe” refers to). The mature believer is involved in both those parts. The mature congregation is one involved in both parts, both locally and far away. That's our mission.
We aspire to bring people to Christ, equip disciples, as well as develop local and global missionaries. It's an ongoing, healthy cycle that we strive to achieve in a balanced way. True, some will be burdened and gifted to accomplish one part more than the other, but together we work to accomplish it all.
The congregation's been around the area for over 100 years. Our affiliation with the EFCA (see below) began over 25 years ago. We moved to our current location over 20 years ago. The church has ministries for all ages, but our mid-week ministry concentrates on kids and teens. Those coming out on Wednesdays are a mixture of young people from our church, other churches and those with no church. Sunday mornings there is Sunday School for toddlers up through retirees. Our worship service is a blend of contemporary and traditional and the way people dress reflects that, from shorts to suits.
The EFCA is an association of locally autonomous churches. Its Statement of Faith has ten basic points that are tied to historic Christianity. To see that statement, click here. In brief, “Evangelical” relates to the “evangel,” i.e., to the gospel, so our congregation strives to be gospel-centered. “Free” originally meant “free from being a state-run church” in Europe. Free also goes back to our local autonomy, as each EFCA congregation is free to have the last word in its affairs.