About Citadel of Faith

Citadel of Faith Covenant Church was started in 2003 from a vision Harvey Carey received from the Lord nearly 20 years prior for a local church that would be established in Detroit, Michigan. Citadel has now grown into a dynamic multiracial church with people from all backgrounds serving God in the heart of Detroit.

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The word citadel means a fortress that sits on the high ground of the city for its protection and defense. Our hope is to be a church where people who are hurting, distressed, or confused--of all races, classes and cultures--would come to seek answers from the Word of God that are relevant to the issues of their lives. To attract those who are in need of life-changing power, we reflect the light of Christ through sincere, consistent ministry in the city. As we develop genuine relationships and serve one another, our works give glory to God and connect people to Jesus. The result: an authentic community where lives are transformed by the power of the gospel, and faith-filled believers are released to change the world.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead every person possible into a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Vision

Citadel of Faith Covenant Church is a dynamic community of faith-filled believers, committed to changing lives in Detroit and the world with the power of the gospel through every means possible.

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before me, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
- Matthew 5:13-16

Statement of Beliefs

Follow this link to view our Statement of Beliefs.

Values

  • Reverence God - Create honor and awe for God through dynamic corporate worship experiences
  • Raise Christians - Use creative discipleship methods to equip people for work of ministry and Christ-centered living
  • Reach People - Ignite spiritual and social change through evangelism and outreach initiatives
  • Release Leaders - Identify, develop and position healthy believers to lead both locally and globally
  • Know (Christ and His People), Grow (in both Biblical knowledge and application) and Show (our community and the world the love and power of Christ)

What We Believe

  • The Bible is the only perfect rule for faith and conduct.
  • The plan of God is revealed through His word.
  • The local church is both autonomous and accountable.
  • Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, physically died on the cross, rose from the dead, and will return victoriously to establish His reign on earth as it is in heaven.  
  • Salvation is eternal and cannot be lost; the Holy Spirit fully indwells the believer upon conversion based upon yielding to His will.
  • Manifestations of the Holy Spirit through the believer edifies the Body of Christ through spiritual gifts.

Follow this link to view our full Statement of Beliefs.

Evangelical Covenant Church

Citadel of Faith is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination of more than eight hundred churches in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish Immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God's grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God's love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

The Evangelical Covenant Church was founded as a voluntary covenant of churches committed to working together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Covenant churches emphasize the Bible's witness to new life in Jesus Christ expressed in a day to day walk with the Lord.

The Covenant Mission

We are united by Christ in a holy covenant of churches empowered by the Holy Spirit to obey the Great Commandments and the Great Commission:

...to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind;

...to love our neighbor as ourselves, and

...to go into all the world and make disciples.

The Evangelical Covenant Church of America has its roots in historical Christianity as it emerged in the Protestant Reformation, in the biblical instruction of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, and in the great spiritual awakenings of the nineteenth century. Consistent with its affirmation of classical Christianity and its own historical experience, the Evangelical Covenant Church affirms as central to its life and thought a number of evangelical emphases. Foremost among these are the following:

1. The centrality of the Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, as the authoritative Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. We believe it is essential to the life of the Church that it be a company of people who want, above all else, that their lives be shaped by the powerful and living Word of God. The alternative is clear. Not to be shaped by the Word of God is to be shaped by the world.

2. The necessity of the new birth for entrance into God's kingdom, and the importance of continuing growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ for sound spiritual health. Jesus said, "Unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). He also said, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:31-32).

3. The Church as a fellowship of believers, characterized by mutual participation in and sharing of the new life in Christ. Membership is by confession of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is open to all believers. Considerations of class or race, education or pedigree, wealth or prestige do not enter. Uniformity in creedal details is not expected. What is required is that one be "born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). "The doors of the church are wide enough to admit all who believe and narrow enough to exclude those who do not," said our forebears. We affirm no less today.

4. The ministry of the Holy Spirit, who with the Father and the Son calls the church into being, empowers its witness, guides its mission, and supplies the gifts needed by the Church and its members to exalt Christ.

5. The reality of freedom in Christ, who delivers us from the power of sin and moves us by his grace into a whole new experience of obedience and life. This freedom creates an ecclesiastical climate which allows for differences of opinion in matters of interpretation, doctrine, and practice within the context of biblical guidelines and historical Christianity. Such freedom "is to be distinguished from the individualism that disregards the centrality of the Word of God and the mutual responsibilities and disciplines of the spiritual community" (Preamble to the Constitution).

Affirmations like these are not to be taken as creedal statements. They are rather to be understood as true and valid descriptions of what Covenanters believe and cherish as they continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, awaiting that day when "the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15).

You can learn more about the ECC at www.covchurch.org.