Love God. Love People. Help People Love God
Members of Cordova Church of Christ are devoted to being a living example of the love Christ has for all people. Located in the Sacramento, California metropolitan area, we are over 400 ethnically diverse members who have joined together with a mission to spread God’s love, and a vision to grow God’s kingdom by serving others so they can experience God’s love in action.
Cordova’s vision is to become a healthy church that’s making a difference. We are seeking to make a difference in the lives of our members, our surrouding community and a difference in the lives of people throughout the world.
Our mission is to “love God, love people and help people love God.” We strive to provide followers of Jesus a setting in which they can grow in their relationship with Christ, develop caring relationships with others and put their faith into action through Christ-centered service.
The Cordova Church of Christ began as a mission effort by a small group of military service people and their families. They wanted to have a place of worship for Christians from the local military bases just after the end of World War II. Weekly gatherings originated in various locations from garages to insurance offices until we built a small church building with a capacity of 150. In 1986, approximately 300 members marched one mile down Coloma Road to our current facility. Not only was it a defining moment for our congregation, but also a very exciting one because we would be worshiping and learning in a new facility equipped with a large auditorium, numerous classrooms, and a library. In 1993 our local military base closed. Although we are no longer considered a “military congregation,” we are still actively growing and clearly have a mission to spread God’s word to those around us.
Our church family is ethnically diverse with over 450 members living in more than 40 communities throughout the greater Sacramento area. A large percentage of these members have a college and/or post graduate degree with careers in a variety of professions within the Sacramento region. This gives us a tremendous amount of God-given talent and experience, which we utilize in all areas of God’s work. Cordova members believe in caring and supporting one another through fellowship and service to others. In our spiritual development, we seek guidance for growth through a stronger relationship with God. Spiritual growth and accountability best take place when Christians grow closer to one another. In 2009, we began a small group ministry called m|group. Each group, which includes both members and non-members, meets in homes throughout the region.
Cordova members enjoy services with sermons that deepen our understanding of the Bible while challenging us to relate the Gospel to current world issues. Our rich heritage of a cappella singing is something we fully embrace. Our worship team sits among the congregation to help bring forth four-part harmony. Our spiritual life is strengthened and uplifted each week through prayer, communion, congregational singing, and fellowship.
We place strong importance on education and studying God’s Word. In Bible classes, our children learn from curriculum that covers lessons from Genesis through Revelation. More than 40 volunteers assist in our children’s classes, Wee Worship (for preschoolers), and in our nursery. Our teens participate in a variety of camps, retreats, classes and other activities that help them build a strong community of faith with one another. A variety of adult Bible classes are offered each quarter and highlighted on our website. These classes are designed and presented by members, staff and leadership within our congregation.
Cordova has a long history in the mission field and places great value on outreach. We feel it is important to reach out locally, domestically, and globally.
Cordova has started an outreach effort called Spirit of Service (SOS). Our members have reached out into Rancho Cordova to help with beautification projects such as street cleanings and decorating for a city-wide Christmas celebration. We have also filled backpacks for students heading back to school, and provided gifts for seniors and underprivileged youth within the community.
We mobilize and send out teams as needs arise. Cordova sent six teams to New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and two teams to San Diego after widespread fires devastated entire neighborhoods. Our teens are involved with inner city efforts in San Francisco. We also support Wilson Parrish and his church plant in Sherwood, Oregon.
We are deeply committed to helping and supporting international missionaries. We currently support efforts in Ethiopia, Japan, Guatemala, Mozambique, Albania, Burkina Faso and Mexico. We also support World English Institute (WEI), English Bible Class for You (EBC4U), and World Bible School (WBS). Every year we send teams from Cordova to many of these mission sites to support and assist the missionaries.
We have a passion for missions. Our plans include continued and accelerated growth in missions coupled by hundreds of hours of dedicated prayer. We continually pray and search for new ways to grow and impact the world as Christ intended.
We ask you to pray about joining us. We believe that God has the power to do great things in the Sacramento region and that prayer is an essential component to making decisions. Pray for guidance in your spiritual walk as you serve God’s Kingdom and grow in your faith.