We are firmly committed to the mission God gave us – Making disciples who know God, who are becoming like Christ and who are working to make Him known in Silicon Valley and beyond. In fact, this mission has compelled us to seek the Lord for empowerment and vision.
God has blessed Valley Church abundantly since our beginning as we have been faithful to His Word and true to His mission to reach the world. We remain committed to the following five areas of ministry:
- Worship Services
- Children and Youth
- LIFE Groups
- Local and Global Gospel Proclamation and Demonstration
- Stewardship of Resources – Finances, Facilities, Staff, and People
We are also solidly committed to the doctrinal statement that has served Valley Church well these many years.
As we look ahead, we’re asking God for three things: That God would REVIVE our hearts; that He would REFRESH our church family; and that we would REACH OUT to our lost world.
Revive our Hearts – This is an acknowledgement of the impact of the last three years and looking forward to our hope in Christ. Throughout the Bible there are many verses that promise that God will strengthen and sustain anyone who comes to Him in faith.
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15
We’re intentionally focusing our preaching on the joy that comes from our life-giving relationship with Jesus. We’re trying to be extra sensitive to those who are struggling with the losses and changes that have come in the last several years. By God’s grace we’re seeing new life and vitality in our Worship Ministry with Lisa Chen joining our staff with all of the energy, creativity, and commitment she brings. And we plan to continue celebrating God’s power through testimonies, stories, and worship songs that emphasize hope and strength in Christ.
Refresh our Church Body – We’re asking God to strengthen and sustain our spiritual family at Valley Church. Throughout the centuries God’s people have celebrated His work among them TOGETHER. David said, “I was glad when they said to me. “Let us go to the house of the Lord,” Ps. 122:1. In the New Testament we read,
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. Acts 2:42,43
Prompted by our teaching through the book of John we’ve celebrated several Old Testament festivals in light of New Testament fulfillment in Christ – “Tent Fest” and “Fresh Start Fest” were both times to gather with God’s people and enjoy His presence among us. We plan to continue these and other “Fests” in 2023. Our “Growth Hour” on Sundays, 9:30 to 10:30 am, has launched with great success! We also have placed a renewed emphasis on our Life Groups where people gather in homes or at church in smaller groups to enjoy fellowship and support in Christ. Our Friday and Saturday night groups continue to grow.
Reach our world – At a time like this it might be tempting to only look inward. But God’s word makes it clear that He’s brought us all together for a purpose.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
1 Peter 2:9
In 2023 we’re placing more emphasis in the area of local outreach, especially to children through our afterschool programs and sports ministry summer camps – tennis, volleyball, Kids Games, table tennis and others. We’re trusting God to start a community food pantry at Valley Church in partnership with City Team. And by God’s grace we’re starting to send short term missions teams on trips again – Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and high schoolers to Fresno.
There is much to look forward to in 2023. Let’s press forward toward Christ and all that He wants for us! If you have questions on our mission, vision, or finances, please feel free to talk to any pastor or elder. We’re happy to talk and pray together with you!
Lead Pastor, Valley Church
For a summary of Valley Church’s ministries and finances for the year 2022, see this Annual Report.