We desire to see the city of Greeley become more like the city of God.
The mission of Saint Patrick stems from a belief that we are part of a story – an ancient story of a God who refuses to give up on his broken creation.
Our mission originates from this story and the part God has given his people to play in his story. God tells us that he cares deeply for individual souls, but he also cares for the rest of creation and that he is committed to restoring all of his creation.
So we believe he cares about cities and neighborhoods as well as the people who populate them. Our desire to be a church for Greeley and our goal is to love and serve our city well so that it increasingly becomes a city more like the city of God.
We hope to demonstrate that the good news of Jesus can transform neighborhoods as it lifts up the poor, heals the broken, reconciles the races, and establishes justice for the oppressed.
The success of our mission depends greatly upon our ability to acknowledge our own vulnerability and need of Jesus.
At the root of every one of our problems is the problem of looking to someone or something other than Jesus for our significance, strength, satisfaction and security. As we more clearly see Jesus as the true fulfillment of our every need, the true satisfaction of our every desire, and the final reality behind our every story, he makes us more like himself and restores our humanity.
The accomplishment of our mission rests on 3 words that communicate our most essential values: Gospel, Community, and City.
At Saint Patrick we seek to live out the gospel of grace. G. K. Chesterson once said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” Authentic yet untried Christianity centers on the “good news” that Jesus loves this world and is restoring it through his life, death and resurrection.
Unfortunately, this gospel often is painted over by a cultural Christianity that promotes self-improvement, strength and achievement rather than the confession of weakness, inability and the need of a Savior. Our hope is that in seeing how Jesus alone meets our needs, that we can help others do the same and that together live in a community of grace.
Just as the gospel reconciles us to God, it also reconciles us to one another. It produces something that is unique – real community. The reason the gospel creates "real" community because it creates a community based not on shared moral virtues, be those conservative or liberal virtues, or on common interests, be those interests some vice or hobby. Rather it creates friendships that start with a common confession that “We are not what we are supposed to be. We fail to live the very virtues we profess. And we are all in need of the grace of Christ.” Only the security of the gospel enables this confession and therefore only the gospel provides the foundation for real community. Ultimately it says I don't have to "produce" to get love and acceptance but that I am loved and accepted completely by the one who "produced" for me. It provides the basis for real community because it is "realistic" in its assessment of our lives. It says both, "You're worse than you are willing to admit, but you are more accepted and loved than you ever dared hope." Relationships based upon "externals" must by necessity either be overly optimistic or pessimistic. Would they love me if they really knew me? The Gospel is the only thing that answers this unequivocally in the affirmative.
In using the term city we hope to understand that the community the gospel creates has a job to do. We have a mission that must be lived out in our city. The gospel not only creates a unique community but enables that community to love and serve the wider community in a unique way. Apart from the gospel we either avoid serving out of fear of failure, rejection, or inconvenience, or we are driven to serve in order to ease our guilty conscience and gain approval from God and people. But when "I am a sinner" and "Jesus is my Savior" come together, our prior motivational structure is demolished and a completely new motivational structure is established. We are no longer driven by fear, guilt, or the need for affirmation but are freed to love the people of our city and work for the cultural and social renewal of our city. The gospel, therefore, has a unique power to reconcile races, classes and people of all economic backgrounds. And because the gospel produces personal healing and transformation, it necessarily produces social healing and cultural transformation as well. As the gospel produces beauty in the lives of individuals it calls and enables those individuals to work for beauty in their families, their neighborhoods, their professional fields, Our hope is to demonstrate alternative ways of being human as we serve through the arts, business world, government, and education in our community.