Vision Statement of Eden Baptist Church
We desire to be a family, rooted in the Word of God and prayer, whose
love for Christ and for one another overflows in joyful sharing of the
gospel with all, especially with those friends, neighbours, students
and internationals whom God has given us a unique opportunity to reach.
Eden shares many characteristics with other Christian churches. We are
a community of people who are committed to following Jesus Christ, and we
believe that a right relationship with God is possible only through him.
We believe that God's written word, the Bible, is true and tells us
how to know God and live for him. Our convictions can be described as
'evangelical, reformed and baptist' and are explained in our statement
of faith, 'A Firm Foundation'. Our mission arises both from these
convictions and from our understanding of the time and place in which
Our mission is to glorify God with the worship of our lives. We believe
that he has called us to the following priorities at this time and in
- Community -
We believe that relationship with God brings about new family
relationships between Christian believers. In a world of broken
relationships and fractured communities, we desire to demonstrate the
truth of the gospel by our care for one another. The moving population
of Cambridge provides us with a challenge, but we seek by God's grace
to become a loving community where both long-term members and those
who are passing through the city for a shorter time are encouraged and
strengthened as Christians. We want each member of the body, of whatever
age or life-situation, to be valued and to use the gifts that God has
given them to build up the body.
- Teaching and learning -
We want to see Jesus exalted through biblical preaching that declares
his Lordship over all of life. We acknowledge our own need to grow in
godliness, so we are committed to learning regularly from the Word of
God as a community, in order that he would transform us by his Spirit.
We want to apply what God teaches us in practical daily living and active
concern for the society and world in which he has placed us, becoming
'doers of the Word ' and not listeners only. We are also committed to
providing biblical teaching for the children and young people of the
- Prayer -
We believe that in prayer we enjoy the relationship with God that
Christ has won for us, and express our dependence on God. Prayer is
foundational to all that we undertake in God's service as God's servants.
We therefore seek to be a praying community whose members are supported by
intercessions that also embrace the needs of the church worldwide, our
nation and the world. We want the habits of prayer and worship to be
central to every aspect of our corporate life, whether in small groups
or in meetings of the whole church.
- Evangelism and mission -
We believe that God is glorified when the gospel is faithfully
communicated, and that it is through the gospel that God's Spirit
awakens faith. We therefore want to be equipped and active in sharing the
gospel with our friends and neighbours. We want to be good stewards of
the location of our meeting-place in a busy city centre. We also desire
that God would raise up people from Eden to take the gospel to others in
Britain and overseas, whether returning to their own country or being
sent and supported as expatriate workers. We desire to support these
men and women through our prayers, practical care and financial giving.
Recognising God's purpose to reach the world through local churches,
we seek to support church-planting in the UK and overseas and to be a
church-planting church in Cambridge and further afield.
- Students and Internationals -
A large number of students and young professionals from many different
nations attend Eden. We believe that part of our fulfilment of the
Great Commission is to evangelise, teach and train them so that they
will be equipped to live for Christ when they leave Cambridge. We seek
to integrate our student and international ministries into the life of
the whole church so that we can learn from them and they from us, and
demonstrate that Christian faith must be lived out in commitment to a
The Members and Elders of Eden Baptist Church