Ruins

Ruins

Pastor Joel continues his thoughts while on his trip to Israel.

One of the things that have surprised me the most during this trip is how many of the historical sites we visit, from ancient buildings to the churches that were built later on to commemorate certain events, are second and third iterations. First time I noticed this was when we visited the site of the village of Capernaum.

Tourist Trap

Tourist Trap

Pastor Joel continues his thoughts while on his trip to Israel.

If you’ve been keeping up, I’m in the middle of a sort of pilgrimage across the Holy Land. I’m trying to blog some of the thoughts and insights that this trip is generating in my mind and heart. Today I want to talk about an experience I had at the Mount of Beatitudes a couple of days ago.

He Was Here

He Was Here

Pastor Joel continues his thoughts while on his trip to Israel.

So as I posted yesterday. I’m currently on a sort of pilgrimage through the Holy Land, and while I’m terrible at journaling, I’m trying to write some blog posts about my experience here. Not necessarily from the perspective of what cool sights we see each day, but more from the perspective of what insights and thoughts being here inspires.

The Rain Is Coming: On Thanksgiving and the Holy Land

The Rain Is Coming: On Thanksgiving and the Holy Land

Pastor Joel shares some of his thoughts while on a mission trip to Israel.

As some of you know, I’m currently on a tour of the Holy Land. And today, which was day 2 but really our first day of traveling in Israel, I sensed that I needed to blog through some of my experiences. If anything else for my own sake to try and remember what God is speaking to me. I don’t like journaling, but blogging feels like the closest thing to it I can do.

Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive

Thanksgiving Basket Food Drive

This year we once again had the privilege of organizing and providing 130 baskets of food for the families of Park Morton. We love our community and it has been an honor to be able to serve our neighbors and friends, the way God calls us to.

Encounter Kids

Encounter Kids

This is going to be an exciting year for families and kids at Encounter Church!

We are offering a kid friendly program every Sunday morning during the sermon time for kids ages 3-3rd grade. We will be using The Gospel Project curriculum and beginning in THE beginning with Genesis and the Creation Story.

We're Moving!

We're Moving!

A couple of months ago we moved from the location we launched at, the GALA Theatre, to a temporary location for the summer, El Tio Tex-Mex Grill. El Tio has been great to us the last couple of months (can’t really complain when the room starts smelling like Tex Mex food, it’s the aroma of Heaven!). But now, after a couple of months of looking, I am so excited to announce we have finally found a new home!

Meet our Church Planters in Residence - The Tindells!

Meet our Church Planters in Residence - The Tindells!

We have traveled to Ecuador, Ukraine, and Albania to preach the Gospel.  We have also started several new ministries at our previous churches. After working in recovery for over two years, in January 2016 we launched a God-centered 12-step ministry called Celebrate Recovery in our Arkansas church with two of our best friends. The experience changed our lives: fellowshipping and intimate teaching, creating worship from pain, encountering the power of Jesus Christ in our own hurts and destructive habits, and raising up new leaders.  The ministry is still changing lives today.

A New Home for the Summer!

A New Home for the Summer!

This past Sunday we announced that we are moving locations for the summer! Starting on July 1, we will be meeting at El Tío Tex-Mex Grill. We have loved our time at the GALA Theatre, it is a beautiful venue and the management and staff there have been great to us. However, almost a year into our journey, and as we look forward to the future, we want to find a location that is the right fit for us as a church and that can work as a long-term location. While we search for that facility, we will spend the summer meeting at El Tío and hopefully start meeting on our long-term facility starting in the fall.