About Us

Our Vision

We strive to be a neighborhood church right in the walkable community of the Channelside area of downtown Tampa! We love what is happening here in Channelside, and look to join in the transformation here by seeking the spiritual transformation of our great city by seeing the gospel of Jesus transform us, our city, and our world.

Inviting Neighbors to Find Identity in Jesus Christ

We want to be a welcoming presence by inviting our neighbors into our homes and into our community, ultimately helping one another find an identity transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.

We believe this newfound identity in Christ is evidenced in at least three ways. In essence, these three identities answer the important question: "What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?"

A MEMBER OF GOD’S FAMILY

We want to help one another find family and experience true, gospel community. This community shares their lives with one another and cultivates a culture of discipling, authenticity, and belonging.

A FOLLOWER OF JESUS

We want to help people follow Jesus by rehearsing and reflecting the beauty of the gospel in our hearts, in our gatherings, and wherever we live, work, and play.

A SERVANT OF OUR CITY

We will serve our city and show God’s love in tangible ways by serving those in need and doing good work that benefits others.

Our Values

We have six guiding values that we pray will be embodied in our community.

Gospel Centrality
Gospel Centrality
We keep the gospel at the center.

The gospel is the glorious story of God’s saving grace through faith in Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Believers and nonbelievers alike need to constantly behold and be changed by the gospel, so we strive to keep it at the forefront of everything we do in the life of our church.

Christlike Humility
Christlike Humility
We take the lowest place.

Just as humility is Christ’s cornerstone virtue, we strive for it to be ours as well and our general posture towards the city. Jesus lowered himself for us, so we look to serve rather than be served by others.

Biblical Authority
Biblical Authority
We submit our lives to God’s inspired word.

We don’t change the Bible to fit our lives; we conform our lives to God’s beautiful design as revealed in the Scriptures. The Bible is our ultimate source of truth, reveals the character of God, and directs our every step.

Radical Hospitality
Radical Hospitality
We invite others in.

Instead of living behind locked doors, we open our homes and our hearts to get to know our neighbors and all those that God puts in our path. We communicate that we truly care by looking to share our lives with those inside and outside of our faith community.

Spirit Empowerment
Spirit Empowerment
We seek the fullness of the Spirit.

We strive to be filled with and follow after the Holy Spirit of God to be empowered for daily living, be united as the family of God, and be emboldened to live as His witnesses in the world.

Transformative Work
Transformative Work
We do good work that glorifies God

The gospel changes why we work, how we work, and how we see our work. This means we integrate our faith and work by stewarding the positions God has given us for the glory of God and the benefit of others.

Our Vision Video

Listen to John share the vision for The Church at Channelside and how you can get involved!