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OUR MISSION

Raise up mature disciples. Send out everyday missionaries. Glorify God.



OUR VALUES

We believe the greatest news in the world is not what we have done for God, but what God has done for us in Christ. Therefore we place a high value on this good news shaping everything we do.

We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Therefore we place a high value on bringing all of life under the loving authority of God's Word.

We believe we are united in Christ, and all people are made in the image of God. Therefore we place a high value on living as family and caring for our neighbors.

We believe God himself is the greatest treasure in life, and is worthy of our praise. Therefore we place a high value on corporately coming together to celebrate our God.

We believe a fruitful life is directly connected to our closeness to God. Therefore we place a high value on encouraging our people to practice personal spiritual rhythms in their lives.

We believe it is essential to the mission of God that the people of God are well equipped for the work of God. Therefore we place a high value on training our people to live their lives on mission.

SENDING

We believe the mission of God calls us to proactively go towards others with the good news of Jesus Christ. Therefore we place a high value on being a church that sends our everyday missionaries into our community, to church plants, and overseas for the advancement of the gospel.

OUR BELIEFS

We believe the Bible is the living Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts. We believe it was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and is complete in revealing the character of God. We believe it contains all authoritative instruction for matters of faith and conduct.

We believe there is one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons. We believe each is equal in divine perfection and works in perfect harmony with the others to fulfill distinct roles in the work of creation, providence and redemption.

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of all mankind, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and His physical return to earth.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe He regenerates, sanctifies and empowers all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every follower of Jesus Christ and is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.

We believe all people are sinners by nature, heritage and choice. As a result of sin, we deserve condemnation. We believe those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as their only savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church that is comprised of followers of Jesus Christ, who upon a credible confession of faith are associated for worship, instruction and fellowship. We believe members of the local church are directed to live-out the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible and to teach the Gospel of Jesus. 

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ instructed the local church with two ordinances: baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe the Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer into water as a demonstration of the triune God’s power to cleanse sin and regenerate new life in Christ. We believe the Lord’s Supper commemorates Christ’s atonement for our sins through His sacrificial death. We believe these two ordinances should be observed and administered until the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of believers who are redeemed by the grace of Jesus Christ and the endless suffering of those who deny His authority.

OUR HISTORY

2010

Veritas Church Iowa City becomes an autonomous church planted by Cornerstone Church of Ames.

MARCH 31, 2013

Eighty people traveling to Iowa City from Cedar Rapids step out in faith to plant Veritas Church Cedar Rapids. On Easter Sunday 2013, we held our first service in a bar in downtown Cedar Rapids on the top floor of the Chrome Horse.

SEPTEMBER 2013

We saw rapid growth and moved to the DoubleTree Hotel for Sunday services.

JULY 2015

We were planted by Veritas Church Iowa City as an autonomous church. An elder team is affirmed and staff hiring begins.

AUGUST 2016

We moved into our permanent home in downtown Cedar Rapids.

APRIL 2022

We planted Veritas Church Urbana.

WHERE WE'RE GOING

We’re praying with vision for God to use us to have local, national, and global impact. Our church network is actively working toward planting new churches to impact communities in the Midwest and beyond.


THE SALT NETWORK

There are over 400 major universities across North America. Through The Salt Network, we pray we will see a thriving church and college ministry established in every major university center. The Salt Network is working to see churches planted, communities strengthened, and gospel witness extended to the ends of the earth. In particular, we strategically partner to plant churches in global university centers.