The church that they envisioned had the following distinctives: a) Life-related biblical instruction b) Invigorating worship c) Strong family emphasis d) An effective training ministry and not merely a church ‘filling station
In 1980, the new church began meeting, first in a home and then in Aquinas High School in Highland. In September, 1980, the church called Chuck Miller to come from Annapolis, Maryland, to serve as the first senior pastor. Under Chuck’s leadership, the basic style and distinctives of the young congregation began to take shape.The years following that beginning have been full of challenges, blessings and growth. The church, originally known as Highland Evangelical Free Church, relocated to Redlands and Redlands Junior Academy in 1983, and adopted the name Trinity Church in l987.
In February, 1984, Chuck Miller resigned and moved to another ministry. Steve Krantz served as interim pastor until March, 1985, when the congregation called Larry Poland, who at the time was serving on the Board of Elders, to be full-time senior pastor. Larry brought a tremendous positive spirit to the ministry of the church. Under his leadership, land was acquired and plans and vision for a church facility were developed.In 1991, Larry resigned to devote full-time to the strategic ministry of Master Media. Rick Langer’s leadership during the interim was a great blessing to the church, and in September, 1992, Gary Inrig joined the staff as senior pastor. Gary had pastored for seventeen years in Calgary, Alberta and for three years in Dallas prior to coming to Trinity.
For many years Trinity resembled the children of Israel traveling out of Egypt – moving from place to place with no permanent home. But on December 18, 1995 a long-time dream became reality as we moved into our new facility. We believe the Lord has given us a strategic location as the base of operations for a strategic ministry in the Inland Empire.
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*Trinity Church is a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America denomination. Click Here to learn more about the EFCA.
Core Values Our core values represent our guiding principles, the fundament tenets which define who we are and shape what we do. Our core values do not change, although some of our practices may.
1. The Glory of God Our highest concern is to honor God. Because God has revealed Himself in Scripture, we glorify Him by handling His Word with respect and integrity, holding it as our supreme authority. This must produce authentic worship, believing prayer, faithful and relevant teaching, and godly lives.
2. The Grace of God We cannot earn God’s favor. But He has provided all that we need for a relationship with Him in this life and the next through the Lord Jesus Christ. Because grace is the basic operating principle of the kingdom, we need to become people of grace:a) in our relationship with Godb) in our relationship with othersIn practical terms, this means that we major on majors, not minors; that we promote freedoms, not restrictions, and that we value unity, not uniformity.
3. Transformation a) We believe that God works in people’s lives by His Spirit. We therefore do not need to force or manipulate change in people. b) We exist to make a difference in people’s lives. We desire to develop fully-devoted followers of Christ, who are honoring Christ as Lord in every area of their lives. c) We believe that church health is more important than church growth, and that health usually results in growth. Therefore our primary concern will be health.
4. Community We believe that God intends His people to experience genuine biblical community. We are convinced that commitments matter and that significant Christian growth occurs in the context of significant relationships. An essential component of true community is the establishment of small groups where relationships are formed, love is experienced, care is given and fellowship is realized.
5. Ministry a) We believe that all believers, not just a few, have ministry gifts. b) We believe that ministry is the life-style God expects of every believer. c) We believe that people serve with fulfillment and effectiveness in accordance with their DESIGN. d) We believe in cultivating giftedness by giving permission, staying flexible and valuing creativity. We are more concerned with effectiveness in ministry than loyalty to traditions.
6. Engagement a) We worship a God who seeks and saves those who are lost. We are committed to reach lost people with the gospel. b) We believe that we have a divine mandate to engage our culture with the gospel. This means:- focusing more on mission and function, than on method and form- building bridges, not barriers- being culturally relevant and doctrinally pure- thinking kingdom, not just church c) We believe that we are successful only as we are deploying kingdom-agents into our community, who will incarnate and articulate the gospel. d) The Lord has called us to make disciples of all nations. Therefore people of other cultures and nations are part of our responsibility. We will participate in the great commission by developing a global outlook, by sending and supporting members of our congregation to be involved in planting churches, and by supporting strategic ministries.
7. Church Health We believe that what we do must reflect the One whom we serve. Therefore we deeply value godly character and personal authenticity: a) in our leadership teamb) in our marriages and familiesc) in our ministry styled) in our financese) in our treatment of people (people are more important than programs)