As we are gearing up for our launch (it's just in a few days now!), we have been looking at some of the main ideas that shape who we are and the type of church we want to become. One of those ideas is our commitment to the city. When my wife and I started talking about this church we knew very few things, but one of the things we were sure of was that we wanted to start a church in a city. That decision did not come without its challenges, there are other settings where it is generally easier to start a church. The cost of living is more affordable, finding meeting space is easier, etc. And yet, I am convinced that this type of ministry is incredibly important and necessary.
One of the key scripture verses we mention all the time around Encounter is Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood" This verse which describes the incarnation informs so much of the vision for the type of church we want to be. I love the imagery of the verse, but more importantly, I love what it means: That God, through Jesus, displayed the ultimate act of solidarity with His creation by joining in the human condition. And that is what Christianity celebrates during this season.
So we are finally making our big announcement. The name of our church! For the past few months we’ve been operating as the “Columbia Heights Project” but as we start forming our launch team and get closer to our launch, we wanted to officially announce what the name of our church will be.