Why We Exist

At Cascade Church, we exist to create a space that is both Safe to Be and Safe to Grow… But there’s much more to it than that! Take a moment to read our welcome post on the blog to learn more about why and how Cascade Church Portland came to be.

How We Live

It’s not enough to just decide what to live for, we must also decide how we will live differently. At Cascade Church, our mission statement explains the how behind our commitment to create a community that is Safe to Be and Safe to Grow.

Inviting All People

Revelation 7:9
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.

The Church is most accurately represented through people of great diversity joined together in worship of God. We endeavor to be that church by inviting all people to join this community. Regardless of what may divide us, we hold to Jesus Christ, who brings us together in unity. We believe our community is incomplete without you.

To Follow Jesus Together

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Jesus’ call to his disciples was, “Follow me.” That same call has extended throughout scripture and history to us today. This call doesn’t require formal training or perfection, just willingness to grapple with the complexity of being alive. Our church is a place where we are able to surrender our perceived control of the world and collectively see where Jesus is leading.

Bringing Heaven to Earth

Matthew 6:10
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

God’s plan from the very beginning is for humanity to live in a place where we can truly know God and be known by God. This environment is ideal for the peaceful thriving of all people. Unfortunately, the world that we encounter today prioritizes some people’s thriving at the direct expense of others. God’s people get to be a part of the restoration story and Cascade works to that end. We want to help bring God’s peace where there is war. We want to help bring God’s healing where there is pain. Every day is an opportunity for an increase in God’s peaceful thriving of all people and we want to create the spaces where God can move and bring about this reality.

Safe to Be, Safe to Grow

Our vision as a church is rooted in a belief that all people should be given safe space to be. When Jesus called his disciples it isn’t recorded that it was linked to performance, resume or ethical excellence. They were enough they day they were called to come follow Jesus. This kind of acceptance created the environment we believe is necessary for people to have safety to start growing into who God created and is calling them to be. This is what we strive to create as a church.

Tied to our vision is five core values that we feel inform and flesh out our vision of safety and growth. Each one has a specific definition that we created to describe the ways in which we are choosing to live.

We know that articulating a vision and values and living them out are very different things and we need our whole community to bring alignment. Our hope is that you’ll connect with what we see as church and come join us at Cascade in living it out.

Safe to Be, Safe to Grow

We engage in relationships a step beyond what is known or comfortable.

We better understand God when we live in a community of people who are different from each other

We recognize there is more that we don’t know about God and the world than what we do know. We lean into mystery with questions and an openness to grow.

We engage our hopes and fears by directing them to God and allowing space for the responses.

We fight injustices with those who have been treated insignificantly by individuals, systems or indifference.