Central Community Church has been impacting lives in Hanford , California for over
100 years. While our community has changed dramatically in that time, we continue to
express a message of life and hope that is relevant and meaningful for the 21st century
world in which we live.
Unfortunately, Christians have often substituted religion in place of the challenging
and practical faith that Jesus offered. Church has to be more than traditions, rituals,
beliefs, or emotional experiences. At Central we are convinced that Faith is for
Living. The message of Jesus Christ is not just about what happens on Sunday
mornings or in a church building, but ultimately about a new way of approaching life
If you are ready to discover what a meaningful faith is all about, but don't know where
to begin, we invite you to connect with Central Community Church. As a church
especially for People Who've Given Up on Church, we want to be a safe and relaxed
place for people to ask questions, express doubts, and discover for themselves the
way of Jesus. You will find that we are just ordinary people who experience
first-hand what God is doing in and through our lives.
Central Community Church is open to all individuals regardless of church
background, and we believe that denominational labels and religious heritage are not
what really matter. As such we consider ourselves trans-denominational. We strive to
cooperate with other churches wherever possible because, despite differences in
tradition and approach, our ultimate objectives are similar. We also maintain an
accountability and cooperative relationship with the Central California Association of
the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), an international movement of churches which
stresses unity (i.e. God's church is much more than any one denomination) and
holiness (i.e. our faith is to be lived, not just believed).
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|Order of Worship
9:45 am- Celebration (Worship)
10:10 am- Community (Fellowship)
10:25 am- Challenge (Message)
|Our Beliefs - The center of our faith and life is God in Jesus Christ. We believe
that ultimate life is found in his teachings, death and resurrection; and that we can
experience and live that reality through the presence of God’s Spirit.
As a church we uphold the conviction that we exist not just for ourselves, but for the
whole world, including those who do not yet follow Christ. The message of Jesus is
good news and brings new life.
|To love people so they discover all that God created them to be
and live as followers of Jesus Christ.
Our mission statement describes our purpose,or what it is we do.
As a church we uphold the conviction that we exist not just for ourselves,but for the
whole world,including those who do not yet follow Christ.
The message of Jesus is good news and brings new life. We will do whatever we
can to help people discover God’s way and how it can become a reality for them.
Everything we do is based on this mission of developing disciples (i.e. followers).
We will avoid establishing programs that may distract us from accomplishing this
|To be an alternative church for irreligious people to discover and
live a meaningful faith that impacts the world.
Our vision statement summarizes our specific calling, and what we are becoming.
Every church is unique in composition, character, strengths, resources, and
approach. A city like Hanford can benefit from a variety of different churches, each
finding their own niche and impacting people that they are best suited to reach.
At Central Community Church we have determined that, while we reach out to
everyone, we are best able to connect with adults, 30-60 years old, who have given
up on or may have been hurt by organized religion. We see ourselves becoming an
“alternative” church for those who are reluctant to enter a more traditional setting
due to their past experiences and impressions.
Many of these people can be considered “irreligious” because, while they may still
believe in God and are interested in spirituality, they are not involved in religious
activity. We understand our goal to help them develop a “meaningful faith” that is
more than tradition or rote, but that engages them in their everyday lives.
|Our Ministry Plan
We take our mission and vision seriously. So much so, in fact, that we take a
deliberate approach to everything we do. Churches can easily get into a rut with
their activities, and engage in haphazard ministry.
At the core of our ministry plan is the belief that there are three major foci for the
church. We remember them through the use of three “C” words: Christ (our
relationship with God), Community (relationships with each other), and Cause
(relationships with our world). True worship of God happens as we fulfill these
priorities. An effective church will emphasize and balance all three aspects.
We recognize that everyone is at a different stage in their spiritual growth. While our
goal is to see people discover all that God created them to be and to live as
followers of Jesus Christ, the reality is that this is a life-long process. For this
reason, we want to provide meaningful opportunities that everyone can take
advantage of, whether you are still trying to make sense of faith or you are a fully-
Known originally as North Side Church of God, and later as First Church of God,
Central Community Church has been an active force in Hanford for over 100 years.
Records indicate that the church began in 1898, and was officially incorporated in
1926. Over these many years the congregation has ministered to hundreds, if not
thousands, of individuals of all ages. We have met at our current location since