Our Mission & Vision

MISSION

The Church On The Way Santa Clarita is a congregation that exists for the purpose of LOVING GOD, SERVING PEOPLE, and CHANGING LIVES.


VISION

As a congregation, we bear witness to the world of God's love as revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ:


* The Savior * The Baptizer with the Holy Spirit *

* The Healer * The Soon-Coming King *


We choose to serve our community in His same love and power, knowing, "He is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).  At The Church On The Way Santa Clarita, our vision is:

  • To teach the Word of God
  • To spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  • To be empowered by the Holy Spirit
  • To motivate on another to acts of love and good works (Hebrews 10:24, NLT) by becoming nourished, molded, equipped, and empowered to fulfill one's God-ordained, created purpose and ministry.

As people, we choose to care for one another, and sensitively reach our city and our world, that all may be saved, being brought to a living faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.

Our story

The Church On The Way Santa Clarita is a growing congregation that is founded on the understanding that God wants to meet His people today, and He wants to meet them with power. It is the power of God that brings change in our lives and in our community. That power is what builds His Church and that power is what will change your life! The story of The Church On The Way Santa Clarita is one of seeing God's power and grace moving among His people. But to understand our story, you must first understand the foundation on which we are built.


In 1926, a group of students from LIFE Bible School began a series of old time tent revival meeting in Van Nuys, and a church was born. The First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys was birthed in revival, and it's a revival that continues to this day.


In 1969, Jack and Anna Hayford accepted an interim position as Senior Pastors of The First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, more commonly known as The Church On The Way. It was a small congregation, and in that season, he introduced the concept that the church was to be about building big people, not necessarily a big church. He said,


"I see us as becoming a truly ministry-minded church. The Lord Jesus Christ is our center. The Word of God is our base. The Holy Spirit, filling us to extend the servant life of Jesus outward, that's our objective...this will not be a pastor-centered ministry, but a people-centered ministry."


Shortly thereafter, the Lord impressed a promise to the church that, "I have given My glory to dwell in this place," and from that time on, there was explosive growth and revival in the Church. In the next 30 years, the Church expanded to two campuses, opened a worldwide radio and television ministry, opened a college and seminary, and most importantly, saw thousands of people come to Christ.


In 1999, Pastor Jack stepped down and Pastor Scott and Rebecca Bauer were installed as Senior Pastors, birthing a new vision. This began to materialize in two ways.


First, there was a Spanish-speaking congregation that was formed - La Iglesia En El Camino. It was led by Pastor Jim Tolle, and under his leadership it grew into the largest Spanish-speaking church in the nation.


The second part of this new vision was to open a north campus of The Church On The Way in Santa Clarita, that would serve as a gateway to the city of Los Angeles. The church purchased the Mann Theater Complex in the heart of Santa Clarita to fulfill the second part of the vision. Meetings began to be held in different facilities around the Santa Clarita Valley while renovation took place on the old Mann Theater over the next seven years.


Just four years to the day of Pastor Scott's installation, he was suddenly called home to Glory. In fall of 2004, Pastor Jim and Alice Tolle were installed as the new Senior Pastors of The Church On The Way. Under their leadership, the call to reach the city increased, with new doors of influence and impact.


After obtaining the occupancy permit in March of 2007, The Church On The Way - "North Campus" was opening on Palm Sunday with about 400 people in attendance. It has steadily grown since then under the leadership of Pastors Doug and Christa Andersen.


In June of 2008, Pastor Jim felt the call of the Lord to send the North Campus as a church plant to the city of Santa Clarita. On August 10, 2008, Pastors Doug and Christa and their team were installed by the District Supervisor at the time, Dr. Jack Hamilton, as the Senior Pastors of The Church On The Way Santa Clarita.


The DNA of TCOTWSC is that of her mother church. We believe that God wants to build big people, He wants to empower His church so that we (not just the pastors) can do the work of the ministry. It's an exciting time at TCOTWSC, as we grow into becoming all that God has called us to be. We are honored by your desire to be involved in making a difference int eh Santa Clarita Valley.


The Lord has been very faithful to us. There has been an extraordinary, ongoing work of grace. Lives have been changed, bodies healed, homes rescued, people delivered, truth perceived, love out-poured, leadership raised up, and ministry sent forth around the globe. We believe the best days are still ahead for us, to the glory and honor of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

At The Church On The Way Santa Clarita, our mission is accomplished through keeping our focus on twelve vital core values:

  1. Worship as Priority
    The worship of God is our primary ministry, pursued with biblically motivated zeal and offered in reverence with humility, child-likeness, and joyfulness. (Psalm 5:7-8, 11-12, 22:3, 34:1-3, 100:4; Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:15)
  2. God's Word as Authority
    The Word of God is our final authority and source of life-guidance, calling us to a faith-filled, obedient, godly lifestyle. (Deuteronomy 4:2; Psalm 19:7; Proverbs 30:6; Matthew 5:18; Romans 7:12; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:22-25; Revelation 22:18-19)
  3. God's Love Bringing Wholeness
    A Holy Spirit-begotten climate of God's love is that atmosphere which most readily begets living hope, fosters true health, and produces practical holiness, as Jesus' cross points us to a path of discipleship and a life free of condemnation, at rest in God's grace. (Exodus 15:25-26, 23:25; Psalm 34:19, 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:3; Malachi 4:2; Romans 8:1-2; Ephesians 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:7; James 5:13-16) 
  4. Ministry to the Family
    The biblically modeled family is God's foundational social and governmental unit, and is to be nourished, served, and preserved as such. Fundamental to this value is the sanctity of marriage, biblical sexuality, and human life. (Genesis 2:24; Psalm 139; Matthew 19:4-5; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:2; Ephesians 5)
  5. Ethnic Harmony in God's Kingdom
    Under God our Creator, ethnic diversity is respected; and under Christ our Redeemer, all humanity is invited to answer the Bible's call to the values and virtues of the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; Colossians 3:10-11)
  6. Unity of Christ's Body
    The unity of the Church - Christ's global, many-faceted Body - is to be earnestly sought and unselfishly served, that this value for which Jesus prayed may find its answer in our attitudes and commitments. (Genesis 13:8; Psalm 133:1; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-6; Colossians 3:12-14; Hebrews 13:1)
  7. Constant Prayer unto Fruitfulness
    Steadfast prayer and faithful intercession allow us to enter a partnership with God Almighty, and they are the foundational means of personal and corporate fruitfulness in life, service, and ministry. (Psalm 55:16-17; Luke 18:1; Ephesians 6:18; Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; James 16-18)
  8. Spirit-Filled Witness and Service
    The ministry of the Church is to be conveyed through the means of maturing believers: baptized in the Holy Spirit for empowered witness and equipped in the Word and His gifts for faithful service. (Isaiah 43:12, 44:8, 52:7; Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8, 22:15; Romans 10:14-17; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 3:15; Revelation 12:11)
  9. Vitality of the Spiritual Language
    The biblical exercise of Holy Spirit enabled supernatural utterance is vital for prayer, praise, intercession, and edification, and is a desirable and an available resource for every believer. (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-4; Romans 8:26; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11,14; Ephesians 6:18)
  10. Commitment to Spiritual Warfare
    The reality of the invisible realm of spiritual conflict demands biblical confrontation through prayer and ministry with discernment and love; that the triumph of Calvary is not minimized, but applied by such means. (Judges 5:20; Jeremiah 1:10; Matthew 11:12; John 14; 2 Corinthians 6:7, 10:3-6; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Timothy 1:18)
  11. A Spirit of Giving and Stewardship
    To live is to give - in tithes, offering, and all life's resources. We steward what we have been given of time, gifts, and finances, seeing these as being from God's Hand, yet as ours to obediently distribute. (Genesis 28:22; Leviticus 27:30; Deuteronomy 15:10; Psalm 15; Proverbs 3:9-19, 23, 11:25; Malachi 3:8-12; 2 Corinthians 9:6-12)
  12. Commitment to Sound Doctrine
    We adhere to the Declaration of Faith of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel; always living in the spirit of the maxim - in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity. (Romans 6:17; 1 Timothy 6:3-6; 2 Timothy 1:!3; Titus 1:9, 13-14, 2:1)

our beliefs

The Church On The Way Santa Clarita is part of the International Church Of The Foursquare Gospel.


We as a church are:


* Interdenominational in Spirit * Evangelical in Message *

* International in Project *


The Foursquare Declaration of Faith, which lays out our basic doctrine, was drafted by Foursquare Founder, Aimee Semple McPherson. Presented here is an abbreviated version:


The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Bible is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16,17)


The Eternal Godhead

We believe God is Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14)


The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience, he fell from innocence and purity (Romans 5:12)


The Plan of Salvation

We believe that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, signing the pardon of all who believe in Him (John 3:16; Romans 5:8)


Salvation Through Grace

We believe that we have no righteousness and must come to God pleading the righteousness of Christ (Ephesians 2:8)


Repentance and Acceptance

We believe that upon sincere repentance, and a wholehearted acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God (1 John 1:9)


The New Birth

We believe that the change which takes place in the heart and life at conversion is a very real one (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20)


Daily Christian Living

We believe that it is the will of God that we be sanctified daily, growing constantly in the faith (Hebrews 6:1)


Baptism and Communion

We believe that Baptism by immersion is an outward sign of an inward work (Matthew 28:19). We believe in the commemoration of the Lord's Table (Communion) by the bread and juice of the vine as representation and real evidence of the presence of God in our lives

(1 Corinthians 11:24,25)


Baptism with the Holy Spirit

We believe that the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is to endue the believer with power; and that His incoming is in the same manner as in biblical days (Acts 2:4)


The Spirit-Filled Life

We believe that it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily (Ephesians 4:30-32)


The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon the Christian, and that we should show spiritual fruit as evidence of a Spirit-filled life (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)


Moderation

We believe that the experience and daily walk of the believer should never lead him or her into the extremes of fanaticism (Philippians 4:5, NKJV)


Divine Healing

We believe that diving healing is the power of Christ to heal the physically sick in answer to the prayer of faith

(James 5:14-16)


The Second Coming of Christ

We believe that the second coming of Christ is personal and imminent (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17)


Church Relationship

We believe it is our sacred duty to identify ourselves with the visible Body of Christ (Acts 16:5; Hebrews 10:25)


Civil Government

We believe rulers should be upheld at all times, except in things opposed to the will of God (Romans 13:1-5)


The Final Judgment

We believe that all shall some day stand before the Judgement Seat of God, and there receive eternal life, or death (2 Corinthians 5:10)


Heaven

We believe that heaven is a glorious eternal home of born-again believers (John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17)


Hell

We believe that hell is the place of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as the Savior (Revelation 20:10,15)


Evangelism

We believe that soul-winning is the most important responsibility of the Church (James 5:20)


Tithes and Offerings

We believe that the method ordained of God for the support and spread of His cause is by giving of tithes and free-will offerings (Malachi 3:10; 2 Corinthians 9:7)