Who We Are

The Branch Church of Northeastern Ohio
Mission, Vision, and Core Values

Mission Statement

To be a loving community that makes passionate disciples of Jesus Christ.

Vision Statement

To see churches that are radically committed to Jesus transforming lives and communities through the power of the Gospel.

Core Values

Gospel Focus:

We believe, cherish and proclaim the Gospel because it is God’s eternal plan to rescue sinners from the eternal punishment we deserve. This glorious Gospel is the power of God for salvation of all who believe.

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Authentic Discipleship:

We seek to have relationships centered on Christ, with the purpose of Christian maturity. We will share our lives with one another and grow in love for one another.

“So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our very selves, because you had become very dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20

Passionate Worship: 

We are a community that worships in spirit and truth, freely expressing our love for God together. We seek to give our heart, soul, mind and strength to glorify the Savior who gave His life for us.

“But a hour is coming, and now is here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship him.” John 4:23

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16

Family Culture:

We believe the church is a family operating as brothers and sisters in Christ. We will love and forgive one another and generously share our lives and resources with one another.

“So then you are no longer strangers and alien, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place place for God by the Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22

“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” 1 Corinthians 12:26

Shared Leadership:

We will seek to lead our congregation and our ministries through a shared leadership model. We see that the New Testament set an example of a plurality of leaders that mutually depend upon on one another in decision making while working together as a team for the sake of the Gospel.

“Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you,  and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (emphasis added)

“Then, the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, decided to select men who were among them and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas…” Acts 15:22

Missionally Engaged:

We will be committed to the spreading of the Gospel, making disciples, multiplying churches and building God’s kingdom, both locally and globally. We will use our time, talent and resources to accomplish these goals. 

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“But how can they call on Him they have no believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” Romans 10:14-15

TBC Benevolence Policy

As TBC grows we continue to have more and more needs both within, and outside of, our congregation. We desire to act on a set of Godly principles, and want all parties to understand how we operate as a church. We want to be certain we actually help those in need, not creating a culture of enabling those who are unhealthy.

First, we seek to primarily meet the needs of those within our congregation, and meet those outside needs outside of the church as we can. We have many needs, and unfortunately cannot help with each and every one. Our first priority is to take care of those within our congregation.

To be considered within our congregation, people must attend regularly for at least 3 months.

Next, as a multiple location church, the deacon and deaconess boards operate as one board with sub-boards in each location.  Each sub-board has a chairman or chairwoman who communicates with the other locations.  The sub-boards at each location may dispense benevolence up to $1,000 per month upon agreement among those at that particular location.  After $1,000 has been dispensed to meet the needs at any location within one month, the chair of each board must confer with the chairs of the other TBC locations if any more funds are to be dispensed by exceeding the $1,000 monthly allotment for that location.

If someone comes to the church in need who is not a regular attender, we may dispense small amounts of funds, but no donations over $150 may be given per household unless special circumstances dictate otherwise. The local Elders within the location must approve any amount over $150 to be given to non-regular attenders. 

The deacons have the ability to dispense the benevolence fund, with a limit of $4,000 per need. If more funds are necessary, the elders of TBC must give approval. The deacons will bring greater needs to the attention of the elder board.

Before meeting any need, especially through the dispensing of benevolence funds, an application for assistance should be filled out, and a meeting held with the applicant. Those who need non-emergency funds (such as utilities, food, shelter) must be willing to meet with a financial counselor before any funds over $150 can be dispensed. People applying for financial assistance must be willing to give full disclosure of all financial information to the financial counselor. 

Benevolence Application