Apostles Campus Church is a multiethnic, multigenerational church in and for the George Mason community. We’re a pretty young church, having only been sent out by Church of the Apostles (our sending and supporting church) about three years ago. We have found that people from Baptist, Charismatic, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Non-denominational, Catholic, Independent Evangelical, Chinese Church, Pentecostal and many other backgrounds, including non-Christian backgrounds, have found a home in our campus church.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and savior of a very broken world. We believe that God made all things good, especially humanity; but humans turned from God and sought to rule their own lives on the earth without thought to the purpose for which they were created. This has led to lots of broken hearts, lives, and societies, because it is a fundamental denial of who we were created to be. But God did not want to leave us in such a messed up state and so became human in the person of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ unjust death at the hands of brutal and broken men and through his glorious resurrection from the dead, he has delivered a death blow to the evil that exists in the world and in human hearts, giving new hope and new life to humanity. Many of our beliefs are explained in our core values and vision, so we recommend you check those out.
Those who first followed after Jesus and the teachings of his first disciples were called Christians. Our beliefs at Apostles Campus Church are, first and foremost, common to most major Christian churches throughout the world. We believe and affirm all of the central and historic teachings of Christianity that all orthodox Christian churches would affirm and uphold. Our beliefs are rooted in the Bible, which we believe to be the fully inspired word of God. These teachings are best summarized in the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. These teachings form the common core of Christian belief. A modern summary of these beliefs can be found on our sending and sponsoring church’s website.
One branch of the "Christian tree" is a group that traces itself back to the second century in the British Isles. This early church, which traced its own roots to the Apostles themselves, eventually became known as the Anglican Church and spread throughout the world. Our church is under the authority of this particular branch of Christianity known as the global Anglican Communion, which is now largely concentrated in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
This "Anglican way" of following Jesus Christ focuses on adapting Christian worship and practice to the needs and cultures of local communities and to a changing world, while still being faithful to the essentials of the faith. We often explain that we are somewhat like a non-denominational church with some helpful structure in our worship and a global feel. And we are keenly aware of the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives and in the world. And finally we have authority structures in place beyond our campus church which give us outside accountability and support and provide us with a deep awareness of Christianity's rich history and tradition.
The governing church body for our continent summarizes it well, saying, “To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a "Mere Christian," at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.” If you want to know more about what it means to be Anglican, we recommend you read this article that’s posted on our sending church’s website. Or, better yet, have one of our pastors treat you to coffee (or lunch) and pick their brains with questions. Email us to setup a time to meet.