Emmanuel Community Church (formerly Elmira Christian Center) is a gospel-centered church in Elmira, NY, committed to glorifying the triune God by worshiping and making disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Since 1944, ECC has seen God’s faithfulness and grace as we have labored together as a church in Elmira to proclaim, preserve, and display the gospel, the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). We are not just a building or an event but a people, sinners saved by grace. We are a local expression of the universal body of Christ that transcends space, time, and denomination. Our church is full of imperfect people, and that should make you feel all the more welcome. We all fall short of God’s glory and need a Savior, Jesus Christ.
A Reformed, Baptist, and Evangelical Church
As Christians, we are part of the one, holy, catholic (“universal”), and apostolic church of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. At ECC, we joyfully affirm the core beliefs and practices taught by the Bible, expressed in the creeds, and held by all orthodox Christians throughout the ages. Yet within this larger stream of Christianity we can further be described as Reformed, Baptist, and Evangelical.
Reformed means our theological heritage and identity is that of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. We affirm the five solas of the Reformation—that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone, and that the church is to always be reformed according to Scripture alone.
Baptist means we affirm the distinctive contributions of the Baptist tradition as a renewal movement within the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church. These distinctives include regenerate church membership, believers’ baptism, congregational governance, and religious liberty.
Evangelical means we believe, proclaim, and rejoice in the good news of Jesus Christ: his life, death, and resurrection. We also embrace such doctrines as the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture, the Trinity, the centrality of the atonement, salvation by grace through faith, the importance of Christian witness, and the necessity of personal conversion. At ECC, it is all about the gospel.
For more information about who we are and what our church believes, check out our Statement of Faith, theological distinctives, and the Creeds and Confessions we joyfully affirm along with other believers.
Our Church Mission
Our mission as a Christian church in Elmira is to make disciples of the Lord Jesus and change our community with the good news of what God has done in Christ. At ECC, we joyfully share this same Scriptural vision and mission with all true Christian churches. For more information on the church networks we associate with, the local ministries we support, and other like-minded churches in Elmira we pray for and partner with in gospel ministry, check out our church affiliations page.
At ECC, we want the gospel doctrine we proclaim to create a gospel culture, so that our church in Elmira can serve as “a sign that points beyond itself…a model home of the new neighborhood Christ is building for eternity” (Ray Ortlund, The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ, 51). To that end we focus on the following things:
Experiencing Life Together
Lifelong disciples of Jesus are made when the members of the church, the body of Christ, experience life centered on God’s Word together. In the book of Acts, we see that the early church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). This is what a Spirit-filled church looks like. Whether in our Lord’s Day gatherings, community groups, over a meal, or by simply enjoying life together, we strongly believe that Christianity is a corporate matter and that the Christian life of joyful love and obedience can be fully realized only in relation to others. This conviction is emphasized and reflected in our ECC church membership covenant.
Centering Life on God’s Word
Our worship of God and fellowship with other believers is informed by the inerrant, inspired, and all-sufficient Word of God. We believe that “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We mature as disciples, and continue making other disciples, as we grow in the grace and knowledge of God as revealed in Scripture. This conviction is realized in everything we do here at ECC—our preaching, teaching, liturgy, community groups, evangelism, prayer, singing, and fellowship.
Connecting our Community to Christ
And finally, in the Great Commission, our Lord commands us to go and “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). This means we are called to reach the lost in Elmira, its neighboring cities, and ultimately the world with the good news of Jesus Christ, calling them to repentance and reconciliation with God, showing them the love that is found in the person of our Lord and Savior. Only by connecting people to the life-changing power of the good news of Jesus Christ will we be able to truly bring about lasting change to our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, communities, cities, and the nations.
Join us Sunday
We gather every Lord’s Day to worship at 10:30am and have classes at 9:30am. Our church campus is located at 237 East Miller St, Elmira NY, 14904, on the corner of Miller and Falck streets. Everyone is welcome to attend!