As in the day when the YMCA was founded, we want to provide Christian nurture for young people in the tumultuous and rapidly changing atmosphere of society, but also see them transformed by the Gospel and launch out in many directions of social and cultural service.

We aim to partner with local churches, to supplement and support their work, not to replace them. We are interdenominational, providing a place of dialogue in which we can greater appreciate the unity that the gospel provides, as well as the diversity that exists among the disciples of Christ.

Our vision

To see our broken world blessed where UCT graduates live lives of faith in action.

Our mission

Transforming UCT students to transform the world by calling them to serve Jesus Christ with their whole lives.

The gospel

We believe that the message of the whole Bible speaks the gospel of Jesus Christ, and it proclaims his Lordship over all creation. His Lordship undoes the rule of sin and death brought about by the fall and in Him we can now find reconciliation with God and the restoration of humanity. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we embark on a journey toward wholeness that will find its end in the new heavens and new earth. This is a powerful reversal of the disconnected and alienated lives that we lead. Our values express the desire to model an integrated, whole-life gospel community.

The gospel, therefore, is the message of the establishment of Christ’s Kingdom:

  • Creation: The patterns of relationship between God, humanity, and the world are laid in the creation story.
  • Rebellion: Human rebellion grasped at self-rule, which led to disintegration of those relationships.
  • Redemption: Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection make it possible for humanity to be restored to right relationships under His rule.
  • New Creation: The goal of the gospel is creation renewed and humanity made whole in and through Christ.

Our Statement of Faith

We believe in one God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People are created in the image of the Triune God and are called to manifest and reflect holiness through obedience to the commandments which are set forth in Holy Scripture. Because human beings have woefully fallen in this responsibility and entered into a state of moral corruption, they have subsequently become estranged from their Creator.

Because of a profound love for creation, God has initiated a plan of redemption and accomplished it on behalf of the people of God in the realm of temporal history. The zenith of this redemption is located in the historical incarnation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We confess Jesus to be the Christ of the Old Testament prophecy, being at the same time fully God and fully human. Jesus, through His atoning death and bodily resurrection, has provided the meritorious basis of our justification, which we receive by faith alone.

The risen and ascended Christ has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of believers, affecting their regeneration and operating in their sanctification. The same Holy Spirit has been given to the people of God to empower them for the service of bearing witness to the Kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings God’s people together to form local  communities of believers, called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of the Holy Scripture and centered on the Gospel of Christ.

We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of all things and thus we are committed to the implementation of the social and cultural implications of God’s commandments and grace for the transformation of society and the well-being of people. We believe our faith should be visible in concrete forms and models of personal and social behavior. We seek to be faithful disciples of Christ, enduring in love and obedience until He comes again to consummate His kingdom.

We support the work of Christian churches, organizations and institutions that confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We believe that the Bible in its entirety is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be true and inspired by God.