Who We Are
Our MissionThe Congregational Church, UCC in Tryon is a progressive, intergenerational, Christian community that lives to love our neighbors, boldly following the way of Jesus. We strive to be a church that leads by example as disciples of Christ. We welcome persons of all ages, races, social and economic circumstances, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, abilities and church backgrounds to participate in the life and ministry of our church.
Our VisionWe seek to compassionately create God’s beloved community in the world by working to bring about justice for our neighbors, caring for creation, serving children, and exploring our faith with open hearts and minds as we live the Way of Jesus.
Open and AffirmingThe Congregational Church, UCC in Tryon welcomes persons of all ages, races, social and economic circumstances, sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, abilities and church backgrounds to participate in the life and ministry of our church.
As a member church of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a distinct and diverse community of Christians, we are autonomous – looking to the Holy Spirit as we make decisions as a congregation about our life and ministry together. Yet, we also honor our covenant with our denomination working as one larger church body to join faith and action. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where “…they may all be one” (John 17:21). Learn more about the UCC’s rich history and theology at www.ucc.org.
Where We Are
The Congregational Church, UCC in Tryon is located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Tryon, Polk County, North Carolina. We serve our communities in Tryon, Columbus, Saluda, and surrounding areas, as well as our neighbors in South Carolina, including Landrum, Green Creek and surrounding townships. Location details can be found on our Contact page.
Our Core Values
HoSpitality & Welcome
We strive to live out and articulate our faith, extending welcome to the congregation, community, and world. We strive to be a radically inclusive community that values and respects all of God’s children. We value diversity of thought, experience, and expression of faith.
We strive to be an intergenerational community of faith. We seek to provide opportunities, worship, ministries, support, and community for members at all stages of life.
We strive to be a Christian community that values growing and exploring our faith, building relationships, and engaging in authentic and meaningful conversations. Whoever you are or wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.
We strive to be a community where worship is dynamic and extends beyond Sunday morning and the walls of our sanctuary. We ground ourselves in the still speaking words of scripture. We take seriously listening for the imaginative calling of the Holy Spirit.
We strive to be a covenantal community that nurtures, grows, and respects giving our time, talent, and treasure, for the sake of the church and world.
We strive to be a community that loves our neighbors and does justice through compassion, advocacy, partnership, and service. We define our neighbors as the congregation, community, and world. We seek to walk with them through listening and outreach.