Evergreen was started in 2004 as an experiment- could we gather as a community that was set on journeying with each other as followers of Jesus while still being a place where people with doubts and questions could find a home? Through the years we have served together, worshiped together and done our best to love everyone who come through our doors. We have worshipped in many spaces, have home communities all over the city, and matured together through the ups and downs of community life. We try hard to make the heart of this community be relationship. Our relationships with one another and our relationship with God. We invite everyone, regardless of where you might be at spiritually to come and be a part of evergreen, seek God with us, and see if this life of following Jesus isn’t for you as well. No promises of an easy road… just people to walk it with you.
What do we mean when we say we are a “missional, Christian community?”
Missional:: our purpose is to be the Body of Christ, to incarnate Christ in a pagan culture. We accept God’s challenge to live in the world without becoming a product of it. Our belief is that God intends Christianity be a way of life which sends us into the world to serve God and our neighbors, so that our world will look more like He intended. The church is never to be the withdrawn or isolated end-user of the gospel of Jesus; rather, we receive it so that we may be equipped and sent into the world to love our neighbors and serve “the least of these.” In this sense, evergreen doesn’t have a mission; it is mission.
Christian:: we stand in a long line of those who have heard the call of Christ and have seen their lives revolutionized because of it. We seek to follow God by knowing His Son, listening to His Spirit and living out His Word. As Christians we see ourselves as a journeying people who are learning to live life with God in the way of Jesus. We represent a generous orthodoxy, rooted in the Scriptures and consistent with the ancient creeds of the church.
Community:: we believe that the Christian faith is a call to community, not individualism; therefore, we seek to establish a family of pilgrims on a journey of faith together