About Amazing Grace

Doctrine and Beliefs

Vision Statement -- “Sharing and caring with all people through God’s Amazing Grace.”

Mission Statement -- “Everyday people building a neighborhood church with a simple, straightforward message.”

Amazing Grace Christian Church embraces the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37, 39) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) as a basis for faith:
    Jesus Christ gave His disciples the Great Commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."  He also said, "Love your neighbor as yourself."  In the Great Commission Jesus further instructs, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
This foundation in Scripture provides five major emphases for Amazing Grace:
  • Worship – Provide a welcome home for all people to worship God.
  • Fellowship – Embrace everyone with Christian love and mutual respect.
  • Ministry – Nurture all people that we encounter with God’s Loving Word.
  • Discipleship - Empower God’s people to grow in Christ through opportunity to study, learn, teach and lead.
  • Outreach - Serve God’s kingdom by providing effective ministry to the local area and the world at large.

Amazing Grace Core Values:
     - Major Doctrine
  • The Trinitarian nature of God.
  • The full deity and humanity of Jesus.
  • The Holy Bible as the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God.
  • Salvation by grace alone, through the Risen Christ
Amazing Grace also believes that we should:
  • Worship God as a Body of Christ.
  • Welcome all people with Christian Love and Fellowship.
  • Walk according to God’s Will through the power of Jesus Christ.
  • Witness to all people “salvation through the Risen Christ”

History

Amazing Grace first worshipped together March 31, 2002 (Easter Sunday).   The previous name of the church was New Creation Christian Church.

Pastor Byron Singleton began New Creation in October 2000, starting with a small core group of believers.   The church worshipped at 56th and Pine in Tacoma at that time.   New Creation moved to a facility at 19th and Mildred (the community center at Tahoma Vista Village) in January 2002, and changed its name to Amazing Grace in March of that year.

Pastor Mark Latham has been senior pastor at Amazing Grace since January 2003.

Amazing Grace moved to the chapel at Northwest Baptist Seminary in April 2006 (NBS is now known as Corban University).   This beautiful facility is on the grounds of the old Weyerhaueser mansion in north Tacoma.   What an awesome blessing that was!

Amazing Grace has been situated at 7244 S Oakes St. since May 2010.   This facility provides the congregation with greater opportunity to reach out into the neighborhood in a more deliberate manner.   With 24x7 worship center availability we now have an expanded ministry and more local interaction.

Polity

Amazing Grace is an independent Christian church.   The church is run by the congregation through a church board.   Board members are;
  • Jim Lincoln - chair
  • Ed Todd - vice-chair
  • Ali Quaigg - at-large
  • Paul Kamiti - at large
  • Mark Latham - secretary
Note that pastor Latham occupies the position of secretary.   When congregation size and talent allow then the reigns of secretary will be taken up by another individual.

Other positions at Amazing Grace include:
  • Mark Latham - senior pastor
  • Tresa Latham - bookkeeper
  • Ann Todd - Christian ed. director
  • Jim Lincoln - grounds/maintenance
  • Ed Todd - trustee
To contact any of these individuals please send messages through the church office.

Currently one congregational business meeting is held per year, the 2nd Sunday in February (avoids the Super Bowl!), this to affirm the board and to conduct other church business.   Board meetings are held every other month beginning in January, the 2nd or 3rd Saturday of that month, at 6:00 p.m.   Please check the calendar to determine specific dates for board meetings.

From the Pastor's Desk

Welcome Visitors and Friends!

Welcome in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Over the years Amazing Grace has become a safe haven from the cares and troubles of the world.   Many have spent a season with us to heal and redirect their lives back to Jesus Christ.   With this in mind, you will find a safe and welcoming environment in which to worship God!   I encourage you to come and be fed in the Spirit.   Jesus tells us, “Come, and you will see.”

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.   (Ephesians 1:3)

Amazing Grace Logo

One world, all people - in Christ
Knowing Jesus, loving people.
The Knowing Jesus, Loving People logo embodies our commitment to witness the Risen Christ with His love and compassion.   The cross overlay represents the centrality of our belief in Salvation through the Risen Christ.   The logo in crayon and stick figure depicts our humbleness with keeping Jesus Christ in our lives (like a child).


soli Deo gloria!



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