Our vision is to make Jesus visible in Anoka. We are a non-traditional church with a heart is to show compassion to those in need.
In the Spring of 2021, Compassion Church started meeting as a small group of believers for monthly worship gatherings at Heart of the City Music Factory in Anoka, Minnesota (a central location to many surrounding organizations that seek to end homelessness) and to practice weekly rhythms of discipleship as a Compassion group in our homes. We see Jesus moving throughout our story in big and small ways and believe that He will use us to make Him visible in Anoka and beyond.
We sacrifice ourselves to add value to others. We will make an impact in our community by generously giving our time, energy, talents, and resources.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:3–8, NIV)
We bring a contagious outlook to life. We will assume the best in everything we do and everyone we encounter.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)
We intentionally develop people to live out their purpose. We believe God uses our brokenness to transform us into masterpieces.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)
We are committed to making disciples who make disciples. We send our best to advance God’s kingdom.
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18–20, NIV)
We are an unfiltered community. We love the real you; we don’t pretend to be people we’re not.
“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5–7, NIV)
We see the unseen. We hear the unheard. We passionately seek biblical justice for those who get ignored.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8–9, NIV)
As a part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Compassion Church shares our denomination's core beliefs as described below.
There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Deut. 6:4, Matt. 5:48, Matt. 28:19
Jesus Christ is the true God and the true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died upon the cross, the Just for the unjust, as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified by His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures. He is now at the right hand of Majesty on high as our great High Priest. He will come again to establish His kingdom, righteousness and peace.
Phil. 2:6-11, Luke 1:34-38, 1 Peter 3:18, Heb. 2:9, Rom. 5:9, Acts 2:23-24, Heb. 8:1, Matt. 26:64
The Holy Spirit is a divine person, sent to indwell, guide, teach, empower the believer, and convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment.
John 14:15-18, John 16:13; Acts 1:8, John 16:7-11
The Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, were verbally inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of humanity. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice.
2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:15-16
Humans were originally created in the image and likeness of God: they fell through disobedience, incurring both physical and spiritual death. All people are born with a sinful nature, are separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. The portion of the unrepentant and unbelieving is existence forever in conscious torment; and that of the believer, in everlasting joy and bliss.
Gen. 1:27, Rom. 3:23, 1 Cor. 15:20-23, Rev. 21:8, Rev. 21:1-4
Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all people; and those who repent and believe in Him are born again of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.
It is the will of God that each believer should be filled with the Holy Spirit and be sanctified wholly, being separated from sin and the world and fully dedicated to the will of God, thereby receiving power for holy living and effective service. This is both a crisis and a progressive experience wrought in the life of the believer subsequent to conversion.
1 Thess. 5:23, Acts 1:8, Rom. 6:1-14
Provision is made in the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ for the healing of the mortal body. Prayer for the sick and anointing with oil are taught in the Scriptures and are privileges for the Church in this present age.
Matt. 8:16-17, James 5:13-16
The Church consists of all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church, commissioned by Him to go into the world as a witness, preaching the gospel to all nations. The local church is a body of believers in Christ who are joined together for the worship of God, edification through the Word, prayer, fellowship, the proclamation of the gospel, and observance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Eph. 1:22-23, Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-47
There shall be a bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust; for the former, a resurrection unto life; for the latter, a resurrection unto judgment.
1 Cor. 15:20-23, John 5:28-29,
The second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is imminent and will be personal, visible, and premillennial. This is the believer’s blessed hope and is a vital truth which is an incentive to holy living and faithful service.
Heb. 10:37, Luke 21:27, Titus 2:11-14
Compassion Church is a member of the North Central District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). We are part of a Christ-centered global movement more than 6 million strong, with a heartbeat to know Jesus as our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King.
We believe that God is already doing something in Anoka and that we are called to partner with Him by coming alongside local Non-profit initiatives that seek to help those affected by homelessness.