Statement of Faith and Values

Statement of Faith

DMC is a diverse body of believers, representing more than 100 churches in the Des Moines metro area. The DMC Statement of Faith is based in Biblical truth, with the purpose of unifying our families and staff with one belief statement.

Our Beliefs

  • The Bible
    WE BELIEVE the Bible is the only inspired and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, truth, and practice. (2 Timothy 3:10-17;  2 Peter 1:16-21; Deuteronomy 18:15-22; 2 Peter 3:14-18;  1 Timothy 5:18; Psalm 12:6; Proverbs 3:5; Matthew 24:3; Numbers 23:19; John 17:17; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18; John 16:12-15; John 1: 1-18)
  • The Triune God
    WE BELIEVE in the triune God, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit,  as affirmed in the historic Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. (Genesis 1:26, where God is first used in the plural; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:41-46; Isaiah 48:16 and 63:10; Matthew 3:16-17; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; Jude 20-21)
  • God the Father
    WE BELIEVE God the Father is almighty, merciful, infinitely perfect, eternally existing, and sovereign over all. His providence is seen in acts of creation, salvation, and continual care. (1 Corinthians 8:6; Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 3:20-21; Revelation 1:8; Isaiah 6:1-4; Matthew 5:48; Psalm 18:30; Psalm 90:2; Colossians 1:16-17; Matthew 19:6; Hebrews 1:3; Ephesians 1:11; Matthew 6:11; Psalm 139; Romans 11:36; Genesis 1-2; Ephesians 1:1-14; Psalm 103:8; Psalm 145:8; Exodus 34:6-7)
  • Jesus Christ
    WE BELIEVE in the eternal Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, His virgin birth, miracles, sinless sacrificial life and death atoning for our sins, His bodily resurrection, and ascension. He now reigns together with the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit and through His Church. His imminent return will be in power and glory to judge the living and the dead. (John 8: 12-58; Galatians 4:1-7; Luke 1:30-35; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; Luke 2:40; 2 Corinthians 4:20-21; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 8:26-27; Matthew 14:19-20; John 2:1-11; Mark 1:23-28; Matthew 26:26-29; Romans 3:21-26; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 9:23-28; Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20: 1-21:25; 1 Corinthians 15; John 1:1-14; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:2-3; 1 Peter 3:21-22; I Thessalonians 4:16; James 5:7-9; Revelation 22:1; 2 Peter 3:8-10; Revelation 20:11-15; Mark 16:19; Matthew 13:26; Matthew 28:19;  1 Timothy 3:16; John 1:1; 10:30, Luke 1:30-35; Romans 8:3; Hebrews 4:15; Mark 1:27; John 2:11;  John 20:1-9;  Matthew 26:28; Galatians 4:1-7; Luke 1:30-35)
  • The Holy Spirit
    WE BELIEVE that the person of the Holy Spirit is fully God and the active presence of God in the world today. He brings evidence of God's presence and blesses the Church as the giver of new life in Christ.  The Holy Spirit, cleanses believers from sin, sanctifies them, guides them in Christian living, gives assurance of salvation, teaches them through the illumination of God's Word, empowers Christians for service, and unifies them to one another in Christ. (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Isaiah 32:14-18; Psalm 104:24-30; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:4-8; Ephesians 1:11-14; 2:11-22; Numbers 27:18; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Romans 8; Galatians 5:16-26; 1 John 3:24, 4:13; John 14:15-2; Acts 2:16-18)
  • Salvation
    WE BELIEVE that all people are estranged from God because of sin (by our nature and our individual choice), condemned by our sin nature, under His wrath, and completely dependent upon the gracious saving work of Jesus Christ for reconciliation with God. Because Jesus Christ is now our representative and substitute, His sinless life, sacrificial death, and resurrection redeems those who turn from their sins and put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation. God then justifies Christians and makes them His children and heirs of eternal life. (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:1-10; Romans 1:18-2:6, 3:9-26, 5:6-21, 8:14-34; Genesis 3:1-19; Psalm 51; Colossians 3:25; 1 Corinthians 15:42-49; Hebrews 2:5-18, 4:15, 7:26; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; 1 Timothy 2:1-6; Galatians 2:16, 3:23-26, 4:4-7, 28; John 1:12; 1 Peter 1:3-5)
  • The Church
    WE BELIEVE that the true Church is made up of all Christians from all time who, through grace alone and by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, are being transformed by the Holy Spirit and are necessarily united together as one body, visibly found in imperfect local congregations with Christ as the Head. (Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:11-22, 4:15-16, 5:25; Matthew 16:18; Acts 2:47; 2 Timothy 2:17-19; Romans 16:5,19; Colossians 2:19; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Matthew 28:18-20)



Our Values 

DMC’s values are the guiding principles and fundamental beliefs that create alignment within the school. They define our culture and unite our community as we work toward common goals.

Community in Christ

Des Moines Christian School is a diverse body of believers that are united by the DMC Statement of Faith, finding our ultimate unity in Jesus Christ, who makes our community possible. This community is richly treasured by its members, who agree to partner together - families, faculty, and staff - for the noble purpose of equipping minds and nurturing hearts of our students to make an impact on the world for Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10:24)

Growing with Christ

Being deeply rooted in God’s word, we understand that our call to grow in excellence springs out of our biblical worldview. It is our deep desire to grow in depth of fellowship with our Savior, worshiping him in all we do. Therefore, we value robust academics that train the minds of our students, a rich community that fosters social flourishing, innovative professional development that sharpens our faculty and staff, and deep relationships that help to shape who we grow to be.  (Colossians 3:23-24; 2 Peter 3:18)

Loving like Christ 

As a community that seeks to honor Christ, we recognize our call to shape who, what, and how our students love, training them to rest in their identity as one loved by God. Then, they will be able to extend His love to each one whom He loves, the whole world, honoring everyone as bearers of the image of God, and fulfilling Jesus’ call to “love our neighbor as ourselves. We imitate Christ, who spoke the truth in love, in the knowledge that God's love sets boundaries for the benefit of those whom he loves, and whose humility and self-sacrifice ought to be the natural rhythm of our lives. (Philippians 2:1-8; Ephesians 4:14-15)