Our History and Values
HISTORY OF CCSC
CCSC (Christian Community Service Center) was founded through a grass-roots effort begun in 1977 by Dean Robinson, a diaconal minister on the staff of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. In 1980, six churches (St. Luke’s United Methodist, St. John the Divine Episcopal, St. Andrews Presbyterian, Central Presbyterian, Bethany Christian and St. Stephen’s Episcopal) incorporated to create CCSC as a Texas nonprofit corporation.
The original vision of the founding churches was to create an organization to fulfill the Church’s call in meeting the immediate needs of people in crisis. By banding together, churches could maximize community resources and prevent duplication of services. CCSC then became the local outreach office of its member churches, and today it is a coalition of 42 unique Christian churches.
CCSC has flourished and grown over the years, with programs developing and adapting to changing community needs. Yet the organization’s founding mission and values remains steady, and in recognition of this, the Board of Directors finalized the statement below to codify CCSC’s unique culture.
CCSC’s Cultural Values
The Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) is a coalition of churches working to reduce the effects of poverty in the local community. Our Christ-centered ministry accomplishes this through various resources: volunteerism, in-kind donations, operating a resale shop, and cash donations from the private, nongovernmental sector to include church, individual, foundation and corporate support.
We are mission-focused
Mission and people come first, with trust and understanding that needed resources flow from this priority. Fundraising and other business decisions emphasize an attitude of gratefulness and humility. We demonstrate appreciation for both small and large donations by equally respecting all donors.
We integrate principles of business and faith
Our ministry applies core business principles to the accomplishment of our mission, returning value to the community in an efficient and effective manner. Decisions are made with deliberation and prayer. Staff and volunteers are committed to outstanding stewardship of all resources and strive to live the gospel message by seeing the face of Christ in everyone.
We are compassionate
We are servant leaders who provide hope as well as tangible services. It is our intent to maintain a culture that is relationship-based for clients, volunteers, donors, member churches, and all stakeholders.
We are volunteer-based
We accomplish our mission in partnership with a large and dedicated base of volunteers. These engaged volunteers allow us to maintain a high level of client assistance with a modest staffing structure.
We treat all people with dignity and respect
As Christians, we serve those in need while respecting their religious, ethnic or cultural differences. Out of respect for the diverse views held by member churches, volunteers and our community, we refrain from proselytizing and from taking a stance on public policy issues. We are more interested in uniting our community than in creating dividing lines.