Engage Community Church

Life is a journey, and like most journeys, it can be exhausting or exhilarating. We prefer exhilarating.

At Engage Community Church, we believe that begins through a personal relationship with God. It continues as we find belonging with God and others on the same journey, and we become what God created us to be.

You see God wants us to be more: more than believers, he wants us to be lovers. Love God, love others and make lovers—that’s what we’re about. Come see for yourself.

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Marks of Discipleship
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The 4 Marks of A Disciple:

At Engage Community Church, we believe that every follower of Jesus is a disciple. As disciples, there are ways in which we take on ourselves the yoke of our Master. These are ways and practices of living on mission with Christ. They place us at the feet of Jesus and position us for transformation and empowerment by the hand of the Holy Spirit to complete the mission of making disciples of all people. These marks continue the work of God to bring us to life in Christ, because love.

  1. Quiet Time/Devotional – We believe that disciples of Jesus will spend time daily in relationship with Him. As well as being mindful of him throughout our days, we will set aside regular and focused time for conversation with Him. This includes praying, listening, reading and thinking on God’s Word. Jesus modeled this for us as he often withdrew to pray and be fed by His Father. We too desire to be united with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as we prioritize our relationship with Him in these times.
  2. Worship – We believe that following Christ is not meant to be a solely personal experience. From the time of the Old Testament through the New Testament Church, until now, our faith is most fully and primarily experienced in community with other believers. As disciples of Jesus, we commit to regular, faithful attendance at worship gatherings. This gives us encouragement and accountability as we learn and grow together. Jesus modeled this as scripture tells us that attending the synagogue was “his custom.” Further, the early church in Acts and beyond spent regular weekly time together in worship, observing communion, and the teaching of the Word.
  3. Journey Group (small group) – While meeting in a weekly worship gathering is fundamental to be a disciple of Jesus, there is also more to be experienced in relationships with other believers that a one-time weekly gathering cannot foster. For this reason, we believe that a follower of Jesus will be in regular close community with other believers throughout their everyday lives. Jesus often met with his disciples away from the crowd in order to discuss the Kingdom and to enjoy the journey together. Likewise, we believe that being a part of a Journey Group is integral to the growth of a disciple as it provides an opportunity for deeper friendships, accountability, support, encouragement, and learning as we walk together with Christ.
  4. Service – Ultimately, a disciple is a servant. A disciple will be on the mission of Christ, to make disciples and to love people as Jesus does. For this reason, a disciple will give generously and sacrificially of their time, talents, and treasure, to carry out the mission of Christ personally, locally and globally. They will find their role in the local church and serve well. They will look for opportunities and join in the efforts of Engage to reach out to the community. They will seek ways they can be a part of the mission of God globally.God has called us, Jesus has redeemed us, and the Holy Spirit has equipped us to serve in the mission of bringing people to life in Christ, because love. As followers of our Master, this will be the chief priority of our lives.
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Start Copying Me!

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“STOP COPYING ME!”

                We’ve all been there. That moment when either we or someone else begins to mimic a person. This is usually a pursuit of kids to irritate their siblings. It begins with repeating what they say and escalates until the one being copied says something the imitator doesn’t want to repeat or calls for parental reinforcements. In that moment, you may realize how much they are like you.

                A more pleasant version of this revelation is when you notice your child copying you. Especially when they are young, children like to imitate their parents. It may be copying your movements, or following you around, or trying on your shoes. When they are little, they are learning how to live in the world and there is no one else they would rather be like than mom and dad. While this tugs at our hearts, it also might scare us! “What if they turn out like me?”

                Children become their parents. It is a fact of life. Sure, there are differences in personality or physical appearance or interests, but by and large kids are shaped more by their parents than anyone else. There might be the phases where you are the enemy and they don’t want to be anything like you, but due to DNA and your home environment, they will be. It’s a fact of both nature and nurture.

                We of course want them to pick up the good parts and pass over the bad. This puts a big responsibility on our shoulders. There is of course nothing better that we can do than to point them to Jesus. Ultimately, it is him that we should want them to resemble most. So, we must do some imitating of our own.

              Paul invited people to follow him as he followed Christ. This is our best option for helping our children and anyone else to become the best possible version of themselves. It is an exercise in being transformed as we copy the ways of Jesus. We are to be imitators of God, and in turn, we are transformed into the image of Christ. We imitate God as his dear children and are changed. As we follow him, we set an example for others to follow.

                As we journey through Ephesians beginning this month, it is my hope that we all will answer the call of our heavenly Father. He says to us, “Start copying me!” And he won’t get irritated with us one bit when we do. Instead, he will be moved with love for his children who want to be just like him.

Pastor Evan