Vision and Mission

Evangelical United Church of Christ is a "church in recovery."

What does it mean to be a church in recovery? Two things:

First, it means that we seek to align the mission of our church with the recovery community in our city.

Portsmouth has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic. Lives have been lost. Families have been devastated. Children have been traumatized. Relationships have been ruined. And it's not over yet.

We want to walk hand-in-hand with the brave souls who are struggling to rise from the ashes of drug addiction and despair.

Second, we are a community that is seeking to build itself after many years of decline.

Declining membership, Declining finances. Declining engagement. This is the story of western Christianity writ large here at the turn of the twenty-first century, and EUCC has not been untouched by this trend.

But we are here to tell a new story for a new generation of spiritual seekers.

In the words of Thomas Kelly, we believe that we live in a "waiting age" when "multitudes are convinced that something vastly deeper that they know in the present Church is fundamentally needed"

Our vision and mission, than, resolves around storytelling and service:

Evangelical United Church of Christ seeks to reboot the Christian narrative in this generation by telling the old story of the Gospel in new and living ways, and by serving Christ in the most vulnerable members of our society.

You can be part of this journey with us. All it takes is a hunger for truth and a desire to serve. Together, we can honor the rich tradition that has come before us while blazing a new path forward.

So, wherever you find yourself along life's journey, from spiritual seeker to committed disciple, there is room for you at the table. And if there's not room, we'll make room.

Because that is why we're here, and that is what we do.