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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In Search of Discipleship

                Discipleship is a peculiar word. While it is common in the realm of the Church, it is not easy to pin down. If you were to ask ten different people to explain discipleship, you could very well end up with ten different explanations. This is problematic.
                The job of the Church, according to Jesus, is to make disciples. He gives some specific items for us to do regarding this: baptizing and teaching. This seems simple enough until you look at the actual structure of the sentence that we read in Matthew 28. Jesus says, “Make disciples…” and we are to baptize and teach those disciples. Clearly there is more to the equation.  Baptism and teaching are not a two-point checklist to completion of the job, they are parts of the job.
                The Church struggles to stay on mission. In my experience consulting churches who are attempting to revitalizing and refocusing their ministries, it was common to find clarity on the fact that we are to make disciples. What was rarely found was an understanding of how to do it. Commonly, there was the idea of more classes and more tasks, as if one more Sunday school class or a Bible reading plan was the key to discipleship. Often those who affirmed the Great Commission had no plan or process to achieve it.
                There is a possibility that your own discipleship has been stunted. Perhaps you find yourself frustrated and wondering if there is something more. Perhaps you are happy that following Jesus is an important part of your life, and rarely requires much of you. Perhaps you have checked all the boxes on church membership and feel a sense of accomplishment. Any of the three of these reveals that you have not yet understood what it is to be a disciple of Jesus.
                Here at Engage, we say we exist to bring people to life in Christ, because love. This is simply the way we describe the mission of God to make disciples. This year, we will be working to move forward in that pursuit. We will be developing our process to make sure we are on mission. It starts with defining what a disciple even is. As we start a new year, I hope that you will join me on this journey towards Christ and the life he desires for each of us.

Pastor Evan

A Gift Fit for the King

               We are entering the Christmas season and with that comes a singular and warranted focus on the birth of Jesus, our Messiah. We will hear the story again, the King of Kings, came and took on the very low form of a baby. What’s more, he was not born in a castle, but in a place reserved for animals. His first bed was not a soft pillowed bassinet, but a feed trough. His first attendants were not palace staff, but dirty shepherds. His birth was not celebrated by royalty but met with jealousy and death.
So it was that Jesus came to be our Savior. The baby in Bethlehem, would be the Passover lamb. He would live to bring light and die to bring life.
Those who first came to see the messiah could not fully understand what his life would mean. Mary herself thought deeply about the little boy she had delivered. The message of the angel had been clear, still there was much to understand. When he was older, magi came and brought gifts fit for a king, but they could not know that this baby deserved even more.
For us, on this side of history, we know so much more than they did. For many of us, the story of the baby born to die, has led us to life and hope. We have believed his message and have placed our faith in Him. We see Jesus as the greatest gift ever given. God Himself came near and paid our debt.
He wiped clean the slate of justice that stood against us. So, what will our gift be in return?
For some of us, this Christmas season is the perfect opportunity to give him the gift of ourselves for the first time. There is no time like today to repent of our sin and place our hope in Jesus, declaring that He is our Passover lamb who takes our sins away and makes us right with God. For the rest of us, we too have a gift to give. Much like the first time we placed our faith in the baby in Bethlehem, we can give gifts fit for the King of King. We can give our time, talent, and treasure. We can give our all. We can move from believer to disciple. We can move from wherever we are towards Jesus.
This season, the greatest gift you can offer is more. More of who you are: more trust, more obedience, more faith, more surrender, more everything. So, as you celebrate the season and the Savior, don’t forget to give Him the gift He most wants and deserves – You.

Pastor Evan