We believe the Bible uses Elder, Presbyter, Overseer, Bishop, Shepherd, Steward, and Pastor interchangeably in describing the spiritual leaders of the church and that each term refers to a single office. We have been blessed with several Godly men who serve as the spiritual leaders of Cascade Community Church. To help others understand our leadership structure e use the term "Pastor" for those who serve vocationally. We use the term "Steward" for those who serve as lay leaders. Additionally, there are other dedicated people who serve as ministry leaders under the direction of our Pastor(s)/ Stewards.
We are pleased to be a church in partnership with Village Missions.
The goal of Village Missions is to provide a Christ-centered community church program capable of involving the entire population of a local community with worship services, personal contacts in homes, Sunday schools, home and group Bible studies, special youth and adult activities, Vacation Bible Schools, and other activities.
In order to accomplish this, Village Missions places spiritually qualified missionary-pastors in churches at the invitation of local rural communities. These missionary-pastors serve in a full-time capacity.
As a church, we give to Village Missions and our pastor and his wife are Village Missionaries.
Christ is our Cornerstone
"Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit." -Ephesians 2:19-22 (NKJV)
Cascade Community Church is a community of faithful Christians with members from Dunsmuir, Castella, Mt. Shasta, Weed and other communities throughout our region. The church was established as a Southern Baptist congregation in 1965 and has been meeting in a building (built old world style of local rocks) on Dunsmuir Avenue since 1968. In 2015 the church leadership sensed the Lord's leading to partner with Village Missions, a missions organization to rural North-America which provides Pastoral leadership for rural churches. The church leadership also felt that the church could be more effective in ministering to the communities we serve by becoming a Non-Denominational church while maintaining a strong commitment to the authority of Bible.
- The City of Dunsmuir is located in the heart of the Shasta Cascade region of California-this is the community we minister to most directly.
- The first definition of "cascade" is ""a small waterfall, typically one of several that fall in stages down a steep rocky slope." Dunsmuir is a city with several waterfalls and is a town built on a steep, rocky slope.
- The second definition of "cascade" is "a process whereby something, typically information or knowledge, is successively passed on." This is discipleship. Plainly and simply we are a disciple making church. We to pass on that which has been entrusted to us: the Truth of God's Word. We want to teach anyone who will listen about the Jesus of the Bible. He died on the cross to redeem us from us. He is certainly worthy of our obedience in telling others about Him.
- The Welcome- We exist in community and for the community. This means we love each other and our city. We strive to be warm and welcoming to all people and are in each other's lives.
- The Worship- Worship is more than music. We want to exalt Christ in every aspect of life. How we live, how we serve, and how we steward the resources entrusted to us are all opportunities to honor Him. We aim for excellence in all we do and rely on His mercy when we mess up.
- The Word- The Bible is paramount. Everything we do should have its foundation in scripture.
- The Walk- As God's people we strive to live in a way that pleases Him. We live differently than the world around us and when we fall, we get back up and keep pursuing Christ.
- The Witness- We want the everyone to know the love and grace of Jesus. Our mission is to make Christ followers of all people groups. That starts in our homes, extends to our community, and reaches around the world.
- A Biblicaly Structured Church-We will be organized in leadership, focused in mission and purposeful in vision.
- A Spiritually a Disciplined Church-We will be intentional in discipleship , self-abandoning in worship and generous in giving and serving.
- A Community Transforming Church-We will be dedicated in assembling, deliberate in evangelism, and have a strong community presence.
- A Reproducing Church -We will be excellent in discipleship, purposeful in preparation of ministers and leaders, and focused on building spiritually mature Christ followers.
- A Missional/ Sending Church- We will self-supporting, outward in focus, and specific in going on mission and sending missionaries.
The following is a concise articulation of our theological convictions:
(1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21)
We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that they are equal in every divine perfection; and that they execute distinct, but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence, and redemption.
(Matthew 28:19; John 1:1-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 9:14; Genesis 1:26)
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 men, that He hears and answers prayer, that He saves from sin and spiritual death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ .
(John 3:16-17; John 4:24; John 17:5)
We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was 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, future return for His Church, and personal visible return to earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
(Isaiah 7:14; John 1:14; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 1:2-3; 1 John 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Revelation 19:11-16)
We believe that the Holy Spirit in the present age indwells all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, baptizes them into the body of Christ at the time of their salvation, seals them unto the day of redemption, empowers believers for witnessing, equips them with spiritual gifts for service, and that every believer is commanded of God to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We are mindful of the cautions in Scripture regarding the use of “sign gifts,” especially as it relates to public worship and would describe ourselves as "non-charismatic".
(Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:12,14; 1 Corinthians 14; Ephesians 1:13,14; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 5:18,20)
We believe that humanity was created in the image and likeness of God. We believe God creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image of God. We believe that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sin nature, consequent alienation from God, came under a judicial sentence of death and apart from the redeeming work of Christ stand radically depraved and justly condemned.
(Genesis 1:25,27; John 3:17-18; Romans 3:22,23; Ephesians 2:12; Romans 5:12)
We believe that all men 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 and Lord are saved from the penalty of sin, born again unto eternal life by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and brought into personal fellowship with God. We believe that this salvation is a free gift from God, effected upon the grounds of the shed blood of Jesus Christ alone, that it is given by grace and received by faith, and that apart from Jesus Christ salvation is impossible.
(John 1:12-13; 3:3, 16-17; Acts 4:12; 20:21; Ephesians 2:1-9; Titus 3:5)
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and all born again persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a community of believers in Jesus Christ, who have been baptized by immersion subsequent to profession of their faith in Christ, and who are 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.
(Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:38-41; Ephesians 2:19-22; 5:25-27; Matthew 28:18-20)
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of his fellow man, that his conduct should be blameless before the world, that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions, and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ.
(Matthew 5:16; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 2:14-16; Colossians 3:17-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
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 into water in 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 the two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41; 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)
We believe that human beings have a direct relationship with God, and are responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by an 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.
(Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:18-19, 29; Romans 13:7; 1 Peter 2:9)
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 blessedness of the saved, and the endless suffering of the lost.
(Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:28-29; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:1-15)
Because humanity has been created in the image of God, all human life is sacred. We affirm the infinite value of pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We believe God has ordained marriage to unite one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union under the authority of God.
We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest and the use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God.
(Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:18-25; Hebrews 13:4-7; Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5)