Our Mission Statement
(Our purpose and reason to exist)
We exist to make Christ known in Carlisle, Cumbria and the Borders, by raising up disciples in this and the next generation.
Our Current Vision and Emphasis
We are committed to becoming an army of passionate disciples, standing for truth ……. saving the lost ……. restoring the broken.”
“The Spirit of the Lord is on us, and has anointed us to preach good news to the poor. He has sent us to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – adapted from Luke 4:18,19.
In order to achieve this we recognise the need for open and honest relationships and encourage one another to grow through our midweek small groups, and our monthly DNA (Discipleship, Nurture and Accountability) partnerships that all are members and regular attenders are encouraged to be involved in.
We are a Bible-believing community of disciples of Jesus Christ, believing him to be the only way to God. We recognise the need to be filled and empowered with the Holy Spirit so that we can live a life that is pleasing to God through faith in Christ, and serve others by sharing the love of Christ.
For a fuller summary of beliefs visit https://www.elim.org.uk/Articles/417857/Our_Beliefs.aspx
The Elim Pentecostal Church was started as a result of a series of Evangelistic meetings in the city in December, 1926, by George Jeffreys, moving into it’s own premises in West Walls (now a car park!) in April 1927. In 1979 the fellowship moved into it’s existing Church building taking over and developing a Church of England property – and became known as St Paul’s Elim Pentecostal Church.
Over the years major upgrading of the listed building has taken place, and in addition to St Paul’s, the Church bought another building 200 yards away on Spencer Street to house the ministry staff and provide extra facilities for youth and children’s work.
The Fellowship became “cell based” in 1996, and now the majority of committed members and attenders attend a cell group. The cell groups meet in various homes around the city, and in 2020 around 130 people are involved in 12 adult cell groups, apart from the other midweek gatherings for youth, young adults and older people.
The name of the Church was changed from “St Paul’s Elim Pentecostal Church” to “Elim Community Church, Carlisle” in 2001, to better express our ministry ethos. The work has grown steadily over the past 30 years, and in 2019 the decision to hold 2 services on a Sunday was made to accommodate the numbers attending and to encourage further growth.
- We are part of the Elim Pentecostal Church
- We are a member Church of the Evangelical Alliance
- We partner with Christians Against Poverty to provide ministry to those in poverty and debt
- We are involved with Fusion, to ensure that students coming to the city are welcomed and encouraged