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Our Vision


Vision Statement

We at Providence Presbyterian Church long to see God’s kingdom peace in Christ—his shalom—come upon Lubbock, West Texas, and the world in greater fulness.

Mission Statement

The community of Providence Presbyterian Church seeks by our words and actions to love Lubbock, West Texas, and the world with the shalom of Jesus Christ. We want to engage these places in the arenas of proclaiming truth, contributing to and renewing culture, and practicing mercy with justice. We will seek to plant a closely-networked series of medium-sized churches that will reflect both the city of Lubbock and the heavenly city to come.

Core Values

Shalom

In many ways, we live in a broken world, and we’re broken people. The Bible calls this creation, though created good, “fallen.” As a result, we don’t do what God wants, and we are alienated from God, from each other, from ourselves, and from the world itself. Against this backdrop, the Bible unfolds the story of God’s restoration of people and place through his reign of shalom—the Hebrew word for peace. God is at work to bring shalom back to every sphere of our existence, which gives peace with God in Jesus, peace with others, and peace in his creation. Living in God’s shalom means order, health, safety, harmony, well-being, completeness, and happy fulfillment for his creatures and for creation. Of course, the center of God’s shalom is the cross of Christ, through which we receive reconciliation with the Father and the resource for reconciliation between people and people groups. Kingdom shalom has come in Christ, and we’re called to receive, share, and build this peace into Lubbock and West Texas.

Historic Christian faith and the “Reformed” tradition

At Providence, we’re thankful to be a part of what’s been called the Reformed tradition, which traces its roots back to the historic Reformation and even earlier. We stand in a long line of godly people through the ages who wrestled mightily with issues of heaven and earth. As we endeavor to apply God’s shalom to this time and place, we remember and learn from those who have come before. A great part of our Reformed heritage is theological. Let us highlight a few aspects of this tradition that we particularly value:

The sovereignty of God. There is only one pair of hands on the steering wheel of history and our lives, namely God’s. If God had to wait and see what direction we’d set for God and ourselves, then we’d be the ones playing “god.” The Lord would have to follow after us. In reality, it’s the other way around.

The authority of the Bible. It’s God’s Word, perfect in all that it says. In the midst of too many talking heads and cheap talk, there’s one Voice and Word to which we must always listen.

The “amazingness” of grace. We live in a world of corruption and sin inside and around us. Instead of being completely repelled by this corruption, God sent his divine Son, Jesus, into the world to take its curse upon himself and to redeem a people for himself. We deserve even less than we think we do, but out of love God gives new life freely in his Son.

Covenant. The relationship that God has with his people by his grace is the central theme of the Bible. The Bible calls this relationship a covenant, and it is expressed throughout Scripture in the covenant motto: “I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Believers from the New Testament era and the Old Testament era are part of the same covenant of grace. Therefore, we see great continuity between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Many of the symbolic rituals and laws are no longer needed since Christ has appeared, but the relationship of God to His people by grace continues.

Close Community

Jesus calls people together. We are a body of different types of people, united under one Head, who are sincerely involved in each others’ lives. Together, we seek the Lord, love one another, help one another, challenge one another, laugh and cry with one another, and pray with and for one another. That, we believe, is what real community should be, especially in a world that too often divides.

Place: Lubbock, West Texas, Texas Tech/RUF

God didn’t put us anywhere; he put us here. West Texas is a wonderful place, with wonderful people, and it’s a great place to live. We want to roll up our sleeves and play a part in this city’s story, and to act here as a vehicle of God’s shalom by our witness and service.

Culture and “worldview”

Though fallen, creation is still good! We want to love life and contribute positively to culture. Enjoyment of what God has made is therefore good. Work, the taking of dominion under God, is good. Having children, being fruitful and multiplying, is good. Our bodies are good, we are intended to enjoy all sorts of food and drink that God has made, and to enjoy the physical pleasures of marriage. Of course, all of this is to be exercised within the limits of God’s law—but our basic orientation to the physical world is one of affirmation. All legitimate callings are to be understood as service to God which pleases Him (Colossians 3:23-24). Callings to work in construction, homemaking, business, law, medicine, etc., are just as spiritual and valuable to God as a calling to the ministry. God calls his people to be agents of redemption or restoration here and now. We are to demonstrate redeemed relationships in our churches and families and friendships. We are to communicate the hope of the gospel to people everywhere.

Encouraging servant-leadership among men

The history of mankind is littered with the story of men either refusing to lead as they should or abusing the power entrusted to them. Far too often women and children are the victims of either the male’s apathy to God’s commands or his unbiblical aggression and domination. As Christians, neither of these is an acceptable substitute for the servant leadership to which the Bible calls men. We recognize that it is only through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ that men can truly fulfill their roles. At Providence Church we seek to call men to “act like men” according to the Biblical calling and to fulfill their roles in the home, church and wider culture. Moreover, God’s Word calls not only men, but all people to fulfill their God-given roles living lives that reflect the love for God in the way we relate to one another.

Mission

God doesn’t call us to just sit there! Jesus brings people to himself so that he can send us out to others. Disciples of Jesus—those that love him and are taught by him—go.

Missional Values

Truth

Jesus prayed to his Father about his children, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). It is God’s truth, as it comes to us in Scripture and is opened to us by the Spirit, that changes people. Just because there are many churches in Lubbock doesn’t mean that God’s truth is necessarily widely taught, heard, and shared. We believe that it is the mission of Providence to communicate the truth of the Scriptures into this culture that is full of “Christian-eze” and Bible-saturated but not necessarily Christian and biblical. The proclamation of God’s Word at our worship on Sunday morning is missional, as are our Sunday School classes, small groups, and everything else. The Bible is meant to penetrate our lives—our thinking, our actions, our emotions, and our world. We seek humbly to spread the truth, whether on Sunday mornings, informally between friends and neighbors, sponsoring discussions, or by any other means of proclaiming Biblically-grounded good news.

Culture

It’s been recently observed that “the church has fallen asleep in the area of engaging culture…. A biblical Christian is one who pursues not only personal piety and doctrinal orthodoxy but also cultural relevance.” God calls us to be culture-builders—not bunkerbuilders—in ways that reflect his glory and appreciate his beauty in the world. At Providence, we seek to actively think about, engage, participate in, and critique the world around us. We encourage Christians to be active in the arts and sciences and to be a constructive part of the culture of our city and region, rejecting the notion that some things are “sacred” and others “secular.” Look for activities at church like our Arts and Culture Nights, in which we think about different artists or movements, and expect a place in which culture is appreciated in its various forms. (You shouldn’t have to hide your DVD collection when another Christian comes over!) Part of our seeking the shalom of the city is contributing to its cultural richness.

Mercy and justice

American evangelicals have been criticized to the tune that they care more about themselves than the poor and needy. While this may be true for too many Christians, it is not true of biblical Christianity. From the Old Testament (“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”; Micah 6:8) to the New (“Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do”, Galatians 2:10), we are called to serve the outsider, downcast, and impoverished. Providence seeks to be a church that reflects this heart now, for instance through its involvement in Family Promise, and in the future, as it develops in its mission of bringing shalom to the whole city.

Strategic Values

Home to RUF

Built into the DNA of Providence is that we are, and have been from our beginning, a home for the PCA’s RUF ministry at Texas Tech. Having students at Providence is a vital piece of who we are. Our being a home to RUF involves our financially supporting it, hosting monthly lunches for students, building relationships with them, and including them in the life of our congregation.

Growing and multiplying

The vision of Providence isn’t to make a name for itself or become a local mega-celebrity congregation. We foresee, by the Lord’s grace, being the spearhead of a movement of medium-sized churches around the city—communities of 200 to 300 people that are locally engaged in their neighborhoods. Instead of building our church into a city of its own and for its own, we wish to see multiple congregations that serve different areas in our city, from neighborhoods that are wealthy to those that are poor.