By: Kevin Thomas, Lead Pastor
I’ll confess: I’m boring. I’ve never been arrested—for anything. I’ve never gone through the process of being detained, read my Miranda rights, fingerprinted, booked and locked in the slammer for the night. To some of you that’s a relief; while others of you are rightly disappointed.
Over the past months, the enCompass Leadership Board (click here if you aren’t quite sure who serves on our Leadership Board) has diligently sought to “fingerprint” our church. We’ve continually inquired, “What’re the unique qualities of enCompass that show up every time we touch something?” In our booking efforts, we’ve embraced three defining values of our church:
Belong. We believe every person needs and deserves a place where they are accepted, respected, valued and loved. We want each person who walks through our doors (and into our lives) to let out a contented sigh of relief—as if they just settled into their own well-worn family room sofa. It’s not until we feel at home that we are truly ready to grow.
Grow. We believe every person wants to grow to become the person God created him or her to be. This growing process isn’t always easy, convenient or even enjoyable—learning to love and follow Jesus is filled with a wide variety of unexpected, and even unwanted, twists and turns. (See our series on “Seasons” for some examples.) Yet somehow through this mysterious journey our love for Jesus and for each other grows deeper and stronger.
Serve. We believe every person wants to make a difference with his or her life. At enCompass we’ve never stopped believing we are called to share God’s grace with an ever-expanding number of people. We aspire to share an attitude of grace, words of encouragement and practical support to those among us and those around us. In just a few days, we’ll head up to Camp Cherith for Memorial Day weekend as a tangible expression of our love for this camp that’s devoted to Jesus and over 600 campers each summer.
It looks likes we’ve all been fingerprinted—clearly marked with the unique design of church devoted to the cause of Jesus in our community.
Many thanks for being a part of our rather arresting endeavors.