In the Gospel God proclaims to us the saving message of the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Through this good news, God transforms lives and communities, bringing about reconciliation with God and one another, and leading us to follow Jesus on the way of the cross—the way of self-giving, sacrificial love. The gospel is not simply a way of individual salvation, but is God’s means for the renewal of all of human life and culture and all creation. Click here to watch a video exploration of the gospel.
In our church we differentiate between essentials and distinctives, giving priority to the beliefs and practices that unite all Christians. With churches everywhere, we confess together, "Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again." We find that the most beneficial aspects of our Anglican tradition are the intrinsic ones, like our connection with the historic and global church, our commitment to the authority of Scripture, and the formative power of common prayer. We try to keep things simple, because simplicity is missional.
"God sets the lonely in families" (Psalm 68:6). We believe in the transforming power of the gospel for a particular place, through Christians loving their neighbors, proclaiming God’s Word, and engaging in spiritual warfare against the idols to which people are enslaved. This city and the world will know that we are Christians by our love.
We are a liturgical church. Our services follow the same basic outline as most Christian churches since the days of the earliest Christians. At the same time, we fill in the details of the service with the music and language of the present. The Lord Jesus gathers us as his people at his Table to forgive our sins, speak to us in the reading and preaching of his Word, and feed us in Holy Communion before sending us out once more to serve him in the world. As we inhabit the gospel together, our services are marked by joyful reverence and friendly transcendence.
Jesus is risen, and so someday our city and valley will no longer be filled with brokenness, but will be a place where Jesus reigns fully. Our church prays and works together for the transformation of Harrisonburg and surrounding communities through the love of Christ. We long to see healthy, gospel-centered churches in every community throughout the Valley, and so we are committed to being a church plant that plants churches that plant churches.
Seeking the city to come, we will actively partner with other gospel-centered churches and organizations (no matter what their denomination) in order to build a spiritual eco-system for the transformation of the Valley.
Church of the Incarnation is part of an international network of churches known as the Anglican Communion. This network grew out of the missionary expansion of the Church of England over the past 500 years. It now consists of 38 self-governing provinces around the world in 164 countries with tens of millions of members. In many places, particularly throughout the Global South, the churches of the Anglican Communion are known for their vibrant faith in God and transformational presence within their communities. We enjoy and benefit from our vital connection to the worldwide Anglican Communion through our membership in the Anglican Province of Rwanda.