Our Beliefs


What We Believe

About the Scriptures

We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error in its original manuscripts.

About God

We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

About Jesus

We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. We believe that He was born of a virgin. We believe that He lived a sinless life. We believe that His miracles were true. We also believe that He died in the place of sinners on a cross, that He was truly resurrected, and ascended back to heaven.

About the Holy Spirit

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. We believe He gives life, He sanctifies, He empowers and comforts all believers. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells believers in Christ. We believe that it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are born again, and that the work of the Spirit includes convicting us of sin and empowering us to be righteous.

About Mankind

We believe that mankind was created in the image of God. God gave Adam, the first man, specific commands that were to be obeyed. Through his sinful disobedience to these commands, Adam and the whole human race were alienated from God. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort.

About Salvation

We believe that, as a result of The Fall, all men are lost and separated from God because of sin. For this reason, we believe that man is saved only through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. Therefore, in order to experience salvation, even those who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ must hear of Christ and understand who He is to be saved. We believe that, when we repent and express faith in this manner, we are declared not guilty before God by His grace alone, are born again, receive the gift of eternal life, and become children of God.

About The Church

We believe the Church is the body of Jesus Christ, and it is composed of all true believers, with Christ as the Head of the body. We believe that, while on earth, believers must join themselves to other Christians in visible local assemblies. We believe these local assemblies are also the Church, for it is in these local assemblies that the work of the Church is carried out. The present work of the Church is the worship of God, the loving and teaching of people, and making Him known to a lost world. We believe the purpose of the Church is to glorify God.

About Christ’s Return

We believe in the personal and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return will complete and establish the ongoing enjoyment of our salvation in His glorious Kingdom.

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

Our mission is to do our part in fulfilling Christ’s Great Commission on the North Side of Pittsburgh by following His model of holistic ministry by investing in the lives of at-risk children, youth, and their families in order to develop responsible followers of Christ.

Vision Statement

We desire to see lives holistically transformed in our community one person, one family, and one block at a time who, in turn, make a powerful impact locally and globally for Jesus Christ.

Urban Impact and ECFA

Urban Impact is a member of the Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability (ECFA), an accreditation agency that certifies non-profit and church organizations. Backed by the ECFA, we pledge to hold ourselves to the highest standards of transparency and integrity. We are doing God’s work, and we will carry it out rightly and fairly. For more information on the ECFA’s policies, namely its seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship, visit www.ecfa.org.

To download the ECFA Giver’s Guide, please click here.

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