Core Values and Doctrinal Statement

  1. C

    Christ is preeminent.

  2. H

    Honesty and integrity are foundational in all that we do.

  3. R

    Right relationships will be pursued under God’s grace and standards for forgiveness.

  4. I

    Individual dignity, responsibility and accountability to these guiding principles, are affirmed.

  5. S

    Scriptures are our supreme authority. Our values and practices will be directed, evaluated and corrected based on this authority.

  6. T

    Truthfulness spoken in love will build us up and bind us together.

  7. S

    Servant leadership is God’s standard for leaders.

  8. L

    Loyalty and service are covenanted to one another.

  9. O

    Obedience to Christ is our best expression of love to God.

  10. V

    Voluntarily we will accept less than what we could have had so that we might serve Him more.

  11. E

    Evangelism, Discipleship and worship are central to God’s purpose for the church and our mission.

Only those persons who, without reservation, fully and freely subscribe to the following doctrinal statement are eligible to vote, and only those who, without reservation, will subscribe to, by signing the following doctrinal statement annually are eligible to serve as officers, regular employees or worker representatives of CEH.

The annual signing of the doctrinal statement on the part of the workers, Board members, and staff shall be done at the first meeting of the calendar year.

One

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, that it was written by men divinely and uniquely inspired, that it is absolutely trustworthy and has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

Two

We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

Three

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by His death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His high priestly intercession for His people and His personal, visible return to the world according to His promise.

Four

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort, and empower for life and ministry, those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Five

We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners, but that "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." We believe, therefore, that those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God's presence and those who refuse to accept Christ, as Lord and Savior will be forever separated from God. Jn. 3:16 (NIV)

Six

We believe in the Church, which is a living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with Him in baptism and associated for worship, work and fellowship. We believe that to these visible churches were committed, for observance "till He come," the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper; and that God has laid upon these churches the task of inviting a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and to honor Him as Lord and Master. We believe that human betterment and social improvement are products of the Gospel.

Seven

We believe that every human being is responsible ultimately to God alone in all matters of faith and salvation.

Eight

We believe that each local church is responsible to Christ and autonomous, and must be free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority. Therefore, Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other. We accept that polity structures in participating missions and churches may differ but maintain that servant leadership is Christ’s standard within His church.