Our mission is to inspire seekers to follow Jesus as we worship, learn, and serve our community together.
We are a member church of the United Church of Christ. Our faith tradition is a direct descendant of the pilgrims seeking religious freedom, to worship without coercion. Our tradition is also one full of social justice and the pursuit of human equality. As such, we have a proud history of doing many things first. To see a complete list of firsts, go here: http://www.ucc.org/about-us/ucc-firsts.html.
Covenant of the Cresskill Congregational Church
The covenant binding members of this Church shall be as follows:
We commit ourselves to this way of life, trusting God’s grace.
In our church, we believe in God who is made known through Jesus Christ inspired by the Holy Spirit. Our faith tradition is certainly familiar across most denominational and Christian traditions. However, we differ in key ways too. We affirm a person's right and opportunity to interpret their understanding of God in their own ways. We seek to lead, instruct, and inspire others in the ways of God as revealed in Scripture, experience, reason, tradition, and human relationships.
Testimony also plays a part in how we understand our faith together and to ourselves. Here is a collection of a few testimonies about our faith and service that we feel speaks to our community of Christian believers:
Besides spoken testimonies, we also affirm written statements of faith, such as this one:
We affirm the United Church of Christ Statement of Faith as central to our core beliefs, that are taught and encouraged to affirm as members of the body of Christ.
The United Church of Christ Statement of Faith
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, who is made known to us in Jesus our brother, and to whose deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being, creates humankind in the divine image, and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity and all nations by that will of righteousness declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord, God has come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the whole creation to its Creator.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be servants in the service of the whole human family, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust in the gospel forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace,the presence of the Holy Spirit in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in that kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto God. Amen.