Our purpose is to help one another experience Christ’s transforming love so that we can love Him, ourselves, our families, our church and our world. We’ve committed ourselves to being God’s instruments for “God-sized transformation” for one another. When we experience God’s great love, we are equipped and empowered to increasingly become the people He has designed us to be.
For years, our mission has been to help one another experience Christ’s transforming love. Nothing has changed, but that mission is now expanding through our current vision. As a church, we’re called to reach our neighbors and impact the world. We don’t have to choose between the two, because we are called to reach both with the love of Christ.
Our pastors, elders, leaders and church family are courageously and sacrificially setting their hearts to do whatever it takes to reach others for Christ. Together, we will see the Lord continue to fulfill the original vision He gave us in a fresh way.
Our vision is to help lead our church family to become a multicultural, multigenerational, multisite church that reaches more people. To state it simply, our 2020 Vision (the vision we hope to accomplish by the year 2020) is: 3 // 300 // 3,000. Three vibrant campuses, three hundred people in weekly small groups helping each other grow and three thousand people attending our weekly services.
Our rich history as a movement has shaped our core values as a church. Elim Gospel Church was established in 1988 by Pastor Mike Cavanaugh as a community church with a vision to reach Livingston, Monroe and Ontario counties with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The birth of Elim Gospel Church is genetically related to the birth and vision of Elim Bible Institute & College and Elim Fellowship (a support organization for over 800 pastors and missionaries). In 2008, Pastor Joshua Finley became the Lead Pastor after serving as the Generations Pastor.
Our relationship with Elim Fellowship and Elim Bible Institute & College (EBI&C) gives us a unique opportunity to influence both present and future Christian leaders. Part of our calling is to be an example and model that Elim-related churches everywhere can look to and EBI&C students can learn from.