We invite doubters, seekers, and religious ALIKE to follow the way of Jesus for the good of West Chester.
This mission is rooted in Jesus’ own mission. We read, “God so loved the world, that he sent his one and only Son” (Jn 3:16). Later on Jesus prayed, “As you have sent me, I send them” (Jn 17:18, 21). Christians are sent to love this world to life. It’s tempting to read these verses in the abstract, but God tangibly loves real places like West Chester. Our mission is born out of the reality that West Chester, like everyone, needs the gospel. West Chester is a home to people like us, who cannot make themselves whole on their own, cannot perfect themselves on their own, but can only experience healing, meaning, and hope through Jesus. Jesus’ own mission orients us to seek the good of West Chester, including the University, the Borough, and the Region.
We fulfill this mission together, shaped by 6 Priorities. These priorities act as a guide to our shared life. We are a church that exists to be a vibrant expression of who God is — gracious, welcoming, faithful, and just.
Of Grace (Romans 15:7)
Our life with God is completely, thoroughly, utterly by grace. We are not Christians because we do good things or know the right things. We are Christians because God is gracious. He loves because he loves, not because of who we are, or what we do, or anything else. The church is meant to be a place for people to belong and then believe. So God always intended for his church to be places of grace — because he first loved us.
Of Wonder (Habakkuk 3:2)
God is the creator of all things, the one who holds all things together, and the one in whom we live and move and have our being. Everything he made, he declared “good!” This is incredible. But God further intends that knowing him and having life with him is meant to be enjoyed and shared with others. There’s an incredible link between wonder and love. If we do not marvel at God, then we will never pray; if we never pray, then we cannot love. So we’re committed to cultivating a sense of wonder in our lives, which always begins with worshiping God.
Of Authenticity (Psalm 32)
We commit to sharing our lives with one another, where we confess our sins and brokenness. This authenticity is a humble acknowledge that none of us have our lives or acts together, instead we humbly confess that we are sinners who need to pursue wholeness in Jesus.
Of Mercy & Justice (Isaiah 1:17)
We aspire to live lives of justice and mercy, where we embody the good news as God’s sent people in the world. We commit to using our privilege in a Christlike manner to proactively improve conditions and systems - spiritual, social, economic, vocational - and reactively use our resources to meet the felt needs of our church-family and local community.
Of Generosity (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
Everything we have is from God, who intends us to share ourselves, our stuff, our time and skills to others. Jesus tells us, ‘it is better to give than to receive.’ Our entire life with God is a gift, secured in the ultimate gift of Jesus giving his life so that we would have life with God. So we commit to giving gladly, generously, and sacrificially to see God’s kingdom come.
Of Story (Luke 24:27)
Our experiences matter, as we are a storied people. They make and shape us into the people we are. But our past mistakes and successes, the names people call us or the reputations we live by, the families we grew up in or the friends we claim do not define us. Instead the true story of our lives is God’s story. So we embrace his story as our own. It shapes everything about us.
The Presbyterian denomination is unique due to its church government. Presbyterian churches are not led only by a lead pastor but instead by a group of elders (of which the lead pastor is one.) Currently, Iron Works Church is a church plant which means we borrow the elders of our mother/sister church in Phoenixville. Our elders meet together once a month to pray for the church and discuss church business.
We employ a small staff in order to be good stewards of our budget, and rely on volunteers to help run our ministries.