What We Believe

Our Mission

Love God

"God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4:24)

Love Others

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Serve the World

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."(Mark 10:45)

 


Vision Statement

Parkview strives to be a movement of the Gospel through the University of Iowa, Iowa City area, and the world by developing servant leaders through personal conversion, community formation, and cultural transformation.


Values

Core Values

These are values (tasks) that all churches are called to perform.

  • Worship
  • Fellowship
  • Biblical Instruction
  • Stewardship
  • Service
  • Evangelism

Unique Values

These values are unique to the shape and calling of Parkview Church. They guide us in how we accomplish the core values.

  • Reaching the University of Iowa
  • World Mission
  • International Student Outreach
  • Missional Community
  • Leadership Development
  • Building Healthy Families
  • Cultural Relevance

Mission and Vision and Values Definitions

Living Missionally

To "live out" the Gospel within your community (sphere of influence: work, neighborhood, culture, etc.) by meeting spiritual, physical, and social needs.

Movement

An organized part of a larger whole that seeks to participate in God's mission to proclaim and embody the Gospel both locally and globally.

Gospel

The good news that God himself has come to redeem us and restore all creation through the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

Personal Conversion

An individual's initial encounter with God in Christ resulting in the reception of God's gracious provision of salvation and continued growth in Christlikeness. (Acts 20:21; Romans 8:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5)

Community Formation

Community formation is what happens when God calls individuals and forms them into communities where lives are transformed, needs are met, and the gospel is proclaimed and embodied. (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31;Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-16; 1 Peter 2:9-12)

Cultural Transformation

Cultural transformation is the result of God calling the new community of the church to pour out its life and resources into the world for the sake of the gospel. (Jeremiah 29:7; Matthew 4:24, 25:34-46;Luke 10:9; James 1:27)


Statement of Faith:

  • Parkview Church is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America
  • Parkview Church has a commitment to majoring on major doctrine and allowing freedom of conviction on non-essentials.
  • Doctrine should be communicated in relationship to application and obedience. The Scriptures are the only authoritative and sufficient source for an understanding of Christian doctrine.
  • Parkview Church must be careful not to compromise the teaching of Scripture under the influence of prevailing winds in contemporary culture.
  • Parkview Church must also be careful to address the prevailing winds of contemporary culture by answering from a biblical framework the questions people are actually asking

We believe:

(Taken from the "Statement of Faith" of the EFCA)

The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:

God

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

 


Parkview has a long history of ministry in the Iowa City area.

The history of Parkview can be traced back to the 1930s when several people from Coralville began holding Sunday School sessions because there was concern that the children of Coralville had no way of hearing the Word. In 1949 construction began on 5th Street for a new building for the Coralville Evangelical Free Church. By 1975 that building was becoming inadequate to meet the growth in attendance, and by 1981, after much prayer and planning, the current site at Foster Road was purchased. Construction on that building was completed in 1985, with a new education wing added in 1990. Then, in the late 90s, the current addition was begun with completion in the year 2000.

"Because YOU prayed, YOU gave, YOU cared enough, the LORD has supplied - we DEDICATE THIS CHURCH!" ~ Quote from Dedication Services, 1953.