Our Mission

Loving God with Everything, Loving People without Exception

We get that mission from the Bible in Matthew 22 where it says, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"  Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

We seek to take these commands to heart.  Christ's words are so clear and so simple.  We are to love.  Yet, we often make it difficult.  We realize the need to be part of a community, supporting one another, as we strive to live out these words in our church, our homes, our community, and our world. 

Our Vision

Discovering the Gospel

Modeling Authentic Faith

Transforming Our Community

We are all messengers of the good news.  It is our desire to make an impact in the world by sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  We want to go beyond the walls of our building into our community and beyond our community into the world.  We desire to build relationships through serving others and making an impact in hearts and lives both locally and globally.


  • Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of the people closest to us.
  • We seek to work in partnership with other local organizations.
  • We strive to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community.


  • It is our mission to reach people for Christ, not just locally, but around the world.
  • We have sent members on short term mission trips.
  • We support missionaries around the globe and seek to work in partnership with global organizations.

We pray... 

  • we will create an environment in our church that allows God to work.
  • the gospel of Jesus Christ will transform all that we think, say, and do, as we walk the journey of faith together.
  • marriages and families will be strengthened, as we grow in community with one another.
  • we will intentionally invest in the lives of our children and youth, equipping them to passionately follow Christ each day.
  • each person will live as a missionary for Jesus Christ.
  • we will touch the hearts and lives of our neighbors through simple, ordinary acts of love.
  • ARC will have a consistent presence and influence within the community of Alton.
  • our whole-hearted commitment to the gospel will radiate from Alton to the ends of the earth.