What We Believe

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
~Matthew 28:19-20

Mission Statement

We make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

As disciples of Jesus Christ we seek to become more like Him every day, especially in these practices:

  • Worship – Attend each weekend, in person whenever possible.

  • Grow - Commit to personal spiritual growth and small group participation.

  • Serve - Volunteer both inside and outside the walls of the church.

  • Give - Contribute financially, with the tithe being the goal.

  • Share - Bear witness to faith in Jesus Christ, through word and deed.

Our Core Values

Our work is shaped by these Core Values:

Compassion - All people matter to God; therefore, all people matter to us.

Servanthood – God blesses each person with unique talents and gifts and calls us to love our neighbor; therefore, we use our gifts in service to all.

Excellence - We have received God's best in creation and in His Son; therefore, we offer our best in all we do.

Arcola Church Purpose and Vision Statements
(Revised 2/25/2021)

Our vision: We will work to end spiritual, relational, and physical hunger.


  • We will develop a path for Christian discipleship built around five essential practices of the Christian life (worship, study, serve, give, and share). We will align our discipleship efforts using this model.


  • We will equip and inspire every person to strengthen their relationships.
  • We will connect people by striving to increase participation in small groups.
  • We will focus on efforts to welcome and engage diverse people so that our congregation mirrors the community we serve and the Kingdom of God.
  • We will continue to build partnerships with schools in the Arcola Community.
  • We will continue to work to bring justice to all people in our community, by educating, inspiring and equipping our members to become personally involved.


  • We will continue to partner with Dulles South Food Pantry to feed our neighbors.
  • We will continue to work with parent liaisons in our partner schools to meet physical needs.
  • We will inspire and equip every Arcola Church household to engage monthly in meeting the physical needs of our neighbors.
  • We will educate and support the community regarding mental health and substance abuse.

Additional initiatives to strengthen Arcola Church

  • We will connect the Outreach Center and Worship to public sewer and pay for it without incurring any additional debt.
  • We will provide for the church’s future mission and ministries by increasing legacy gifts and creating an endowment fund.
  • We will develop succession plans for all staff and work to raise up new leaders of all ages.

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