Love God. Love People. Love Community.
Thunder Bay Community Church is a missionally minded church serving Thunder Bay, Ontario. We exist to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in Thunder Bay. An easier way to remember what we are all about can be summed up in six words… Love God. Love People. Love Community.
The church doesn't have a mission, the Mission has a church.
God, in his mercy and grace, has chosen and equipped the church to participate in the missio Dei (the mission of God) - a mission that will reveal the One who loves and is actively involved in the world. This mission cannot be thought of as just one aspect of the church's existence, rather, it must be thought of as the essence of the church's life. The church that is engaged in mission is at that moment a clear and visible sign of God's presence in that place.
TBCC seeks to be engaged in mission in all that we do. We want to be engaged in our community and not a church that hides inside its building. We want to make space for everyone in our community, a space big enough so that none are excluded.
Core values of our faith – Salvation, Holiness and Intimacy with God.
The Salvation Army is an international Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible; its ministry is motivated by love for God and the needs of humanity.
The Thunder Bay Community Church exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in Thunder Bay.
There are three core values of our faith – Salvation, Holiness and Intimacy with God.
Rooted in these three values are the seven core operational values which guide all aspects of The Salvation Army in Canada & Bermuda.
Compassion: We reach out to others and care for them.
Respect: We promote the dignity of all persons
Excellence: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.
Integrity: We are honest, trustworthy, and accountable.
Relevance: We are committed to the pursuit of innovation and effectiveness.
Co-operation: We encourage and foster teamwork and partnerships
Celebration: We give thanks by marking milestones and successes.
Doctrines of The Salvation Army
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience, they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall, all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
We believe that repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to salvation.
We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.
We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the body, in the general judgement at the end of the world, in the eternal happiness of the righteous, and in the endless punishment of the wicked.
The history of the Salvation Army in Thunder Bay...
The work of The Salvation Army in Thunder Bay (then the neighboring cities of Port Arthur and Fort William) began in December 1893. By 1913 there was a Salvation Army church established in each of the communities, Port Arthur Corps and Fort William Corps, and these churches continued their ministry within the city until they were amalgamated in 1987. The amalgamated congregations became what we now know as the Thunder Bay Community Church and they have been at the Victoria Avenue location ever since.