Vision & Values

Our Vision

The vision of Canaan Baptist Church is to passionately pursue God's calling for our unified church family—we will take as many people to heaven with us as possible.

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
— Charles H. Spurgeon

Vision2025

Vision2025 is what we believe God desires Canaan to look like as we passionately pursue God's calling for our unified church family.

Seven Vision Goals

  1. Bringing the Gospel to every home in the 63129, 63128, and 63010 ZIP codes
  2. Increasing our Saint Louis membership to 2,000 by having 7,700 Gospel conversations over the next 5 years (25 per week)
  3. Effectively training all of our adults and teens to accomplish their Individual Covenantal Commitments
  4. Seeing a 40% increase in reaching, baptizing, and discipling 12-17 year olds
  5. Launching at least one additional campus or church plant to facilitate the pursuit of our vision as everyone does their part
  6. Equipping 75 faithful followers to effectively lead in discipleship and training of the next generation of leaders
  7. Sending at least 250 members on cross-cultural missions annually.

Values

Our core values are the priorities derived from how Jesus led His ministry in the New Testament.

As Christians, we are free from the bonds of this world, however we are still pulled in various directions by the culture with which we are constantly surrounded. In order to fulfill our mission we must prioritize what is good and honorable to God. 

Biblically-driven Teaching

Everything Canaan teaches and does must be based on the Word of God. Our beliefs, policies, strategies, vision, relationships and ministries must be rooted in God’s Word despite any external pressures to compromise.
2 Timothy 3:16

Authentic Worship

God is looking for followers who worship Him in spirit and in truth—with mind and emotions. God—not man—is the focus and center of worship. We are to respond to Him in relationship by expressing our love, praise, honor, and adoration through worship—not just on Sunday but  every day.
John 4:24-25

Spirit-led Prayer

It is critical that we seek God first before we do anything else. We are here to serve Him and follow Him. As the Spirit leads us in prayer, we humbly ask for God’s direction, provision and protection as we seek to glorify Him and make disciples of the nations.
Ephesians 6:18

SHAPE-based Ministry

We value that God creates everyone with specific design. We are saved by grace to accomplish works that God has planned for each of us.  We hold that our purpose and satisfaction in Christ are best lived out as we serve and accomplish those works He created us to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10

Relational Evangelism

More than 90% of believers responded to the Gospel when they heard it from someone they already knew. We value the importance of building genuine relationships through which come powerful opportunities to have Gospel conversations.
John 1:40-41

Intentional Discipleship

Sadly, most discipleship these days happens accidentally. Yet Scripture commands us to be purposeful with discipleship. That means we have a plan on how to reach the unsaved and grow them to maturity. Mature believers continue the legacy by discipling others.
2 Timothy 2:2

Devoted Fellowship

Membership matters. We are the body of Christ which means we are deeply committed to loving and serving one another.  There are over 30 “one anothers” in the New Testament that move us to unity, love, humility and encouragement.
Romans 12:4-18

Commitment

Our role as the church and as Christ-followers

A covenant as a noun is a solemn agreement between members of a church. As a verb, it means to act together in harmony with the precepts of the Gospel.

What is our role as the church?

What must we accomplish together to live out our core values?
For Canaan to live out our core values, we must covenant together to achieve certain tasks. So what must we accomplish together to live out our core values?
Corporate Covenantal Commitments
  • Facilitate corporate worship and prayer
  • Intentionally teach the Word of God
  • Facilitate the one anothers through Connection Groups
  • Steward the generosity of our people
  • Collectively proclaim the Gospel
  • Mobilize believers on mission
  • Train and equip volunteers in serving

What is your role as a Christ-follower and church member?

As you pursue Christ, God calls you to fulfill a committed role in the Church. So what must you accomplish to live out our core values?
Individual Covenantal Commitments
  • Learn — Studying the Word of God
  • Pray — Develop a vibrant prayer life
  • Go — Sharing the Gospel of God
  • Worship — Expressing your love for God
  • Love — Fellowship and serving
  • Invest — Intentionally discipling relationships
  • Follow — Pursuing God's Calling
  • Grow — Transforming through obedience & character
  • Give — Grow in generosity
Learn more about Individual Covenantal Commitments with Pastor Daniel Carr's sermon series, Cadence. Listen here.