Our Mission & Vision
Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith
To have an atmosphere that welcomes everyone from all walks of life without compromising the integrity of the Lord’s message. To show them God’s love and invite them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. To equip them to reproduce other followers of Christ, who will then reproduce other followers of Christ. That Heaven will be radically changed by the of Inner City Church.
Everyone needs to belong. Yet poverty isolates. Single mothers long for a friend to share their secrets and dreams. Boys miss their fathers. Seniors wish for a companion who would look out for them when the streets are dark and dangerous. Kids never experience attending one school for an entire year.
Relationships matter, and people who live in poverty have few that last. Sometimes, broken relationships are caused by generations of poor family dynamics or abuse. Drugs and alcohol are sometimes to blame. Mental illness, lack of transportation, crime, and failing schools increase isolation.
At Inner City Church, we meet practical needs while building relationships with those isolated by poverty. We have church and Bible studies, as well as a vibrant faith community people can participate in continuously. Everyday, we urge people to be reconciled to God, and He restores their lives and communities.
Our mission as a church is to build strong followers of Christ in the inner city. The ideals that drive our programs and decisions are called our core values. Core values define how we operate and minister to our neighborhood. Inner City Church will be:
The church exists to make known the glory of God (Ephesians 3:10-11). We glorify God by remembering His attributes, worshipping Him for who He is, and teaching others about his infinite worth. We also glorify God by enjoying and delighting in Him, especially in mundaneness (Colossians 3:17) and trials (James 1:2-4), as difficult circumstances give us opportunity to demonstrate that God is our supreme treasure. Glorifying God is the chief end of man and the singular purpose of the church.
We will glorify God by joyfully demonstrating the compassionate love of God to hurting people. When Moses asked God to show him his glory, God’s responded: “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Exodus 33:19). Recognizing the compassionate nature of God compelled Christ to die for us while we were still sinners, we will generously extend God’s compassion to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a hurting world.
We glorify God by facilitating the life change in individuals. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). We believe the ultimate goal of all missions and ministry is for more people to worship God. We will glorify God through big dreams and wise use of resources to bear as much God-glorifying change as possible.
We need you to be a part of what God wants to do through Inner City Church. Please be praying about your part in helping us fulfill the Great Commission!
God is the creator of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God. Genesis 1:1,26,27,3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2
Man is made in the spiritual image of God to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God’s creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called “sin.” This attitude separates man from God. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. John 3:16; I John 2:25,5:11-13; Romans 6:23; Revelation 20:15
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all men by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3
Salvation is a gift from God to men. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by turning from a life of sin and trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith. Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. At salvation, the Holy Spirit lives in every Christian. He guides Christians into all spiritual truth and produces the fruit of the Spirit in the Christian’s life. The empowering of the Holy Spirit, which is the promise of the Father, is available for every Christian. II Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13; Acts 1:8, 2:4; Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:25
Because of the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, humanity can experience the healing power of God. Isaiah 53:5; I Peter 2:24-25
The Bible is God’s Word to all men. Because the Bible is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6.
Deborah Burke and her late husband Robert founded Inner City Church in 2003. The church began as an outreach to inner city children, and the Burkes soon realized the need for a community church to address families as a whole. Inner City Church began in a small facility on SW 22nd St in southwest OKC. The church offered family worship, children’s ministries, and a free meal after Sunday service.
In time, additional ministries like the clothing closet were added. The church grew to minister to dozens of families, and the opportunity to reach more was apparent. A generous donor purchased the old facility of Grace Assembly of God and Christian Academy for Inner City Church, and the church moved into the much larger facility in December of 2009.
Meanwhile, Robert Burke died suddenly. When then 7-year-old Nathan Burke heard of his father’s death, his first question was who would lead the church. Deborah stepped up to meet the need. The church has grown significantly under her leadership and now has 150 adults attending weekly, more than 150 children and youth involved in programs and ministries hosted on the campus, including the programs of the OKC Dream Center.
Chris & Sarah Smith
Executive Pastoral Assistant