Getting to Know SFC

OUR MISSION
Stapleton Fellowship Church exists to help people on their spiritual journey

OUR VISION
We desire to be an authentic community of followers of Christ in which:
  • The broken can find wholeness, healing, and compassion
  • The searching can find truth, life, and purpose
  • The believing can find growth, encouragement, and fellowship
  • The mature can find clarity, expansion, and pursuit of their life mission

OUR SIGNATURE THEMES
Being real and relevant by our authenticity about the struggles of being human and our use of culturally relevant methods and metaphors to communicate the hope we have found in Christ.

Being the church by realizing and living out the truth that “church” is a who – not a what, where, or when.

Helping people on their spiritual journey by realizing that everyone has a unique story as well as a place in God’s master story.

Giving ourselves away in service to each other, to our neighbors, and to our community in practical ways.

Doing life together because we were built not only for connection with God, but with other people as well.

Investing in the future of the church and community by giving priority to ministering to children, youth, and families.

Core Beliefs


The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. 

The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons, that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

God the Father
We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of each person, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.

The Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that He is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

Regeneration
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and by choice and are, therefore, under condemnation. We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.

Christian Conduct
We believe that Christians should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others; that their conduct should be blameless before the world; that they should be faithful stewards of their possessions; and that they should seek to realize for themselves and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.

The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church: baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Religious Liberty
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.

Church Cooperation
We believe that local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in denominational organizations or nondenominational fellowship. Such an organization, whether it is a denomination or another mechanism for cooperation, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in such organizations is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.

The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous, and the endless suffering of the wicked.


Core Values

Celebration – We value worship, and we demonstrate this value by crafting corporate worship experiences that incorporate celebrative and reflective worship and by encouraging a celebrative lifestyle of joy among those who follow Christ.  We believe a heart of celebration brings glory to God. “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

Connection
 – We value each individual’s connection with God, and seek to encourage this above all else in everything we do. We believe each of us was created to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We also value each individual’s connectedness with other people and will seek to create Christ-honoring fellowship opportunities (small and larger group) for Christ-followers and those seeking Christ.

Creativity
 – We value innovation in the strategies we employ to communicate timeless truths in a relevant and contemporary fashion for maximum present-day impact.  Cultural relevance is a priority for us in the crafting of worship experiences, the execution of programming, and the production of outreach events and initiatives.  Creative liberty within the confines of obedience to Scripture is necessary for effectiveness in our ministry context.

Compassion
 – We value an atmosphere of grace, love, and forgiveness.  We believe that people respond positively when they are in such an atmosphere.  We also believe in being honest about the struggles and pain of life, and in pursuing God’s grace for life’s trials together as fellow sojourners.  We are dedicated to patience with all who are genuinely seeking to follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

Purpose Statements

OUR PURPOSE - To exalt God & encourage people.

We exalt God by:
  • Seeking His face through celebrative and reflective worship, study, and prayer, both corporate and personal
  • Serving His purpose by obeying God in daily life, discovering our individual giftedness, and putting that giftedness to use in His service
  • Sharing His Word through preaching and teaching that emphasizes the personal, practical, and positive solutions from the Bible for life’s common problems.  We also support other ministries and movements dedicated to this purpose throughout the world.

We encourage people by:
  • Investing and inviting - investing in the lives of friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family and inviting them to worship, to participate in church events, and to know the Lord Jesus personally.
  • Connecting in community - building a network of dynamic small groups and an overarching atmosphere of grace, friendliness, and unconditional love
  • Transforming with truth - faithfully applying biblical truth to our lives to accomplish the genuine life change we all need, equipping people for effective servant leadership and fostering personal and corporate evangelism efforts to spread this life-change to others.