Imagine Church exists to inspire people to find their creative purpose in every area of their lives, for the sake of the world and in the sight of God.
In doing this we endeavour to help re-create community by each member being a “active presence” at home and in places of culture, such as the arts, business, community, digital technology, education, family, government, health and others.
In a time when our city and many cities in the world are affected by economic, political and social upheaval, there is a need for a steady, balanced and compassionate presence of community and faith. Our city needs more than political one-sidedness or economic re-structure, it needs the creative energies and talents of all people to help in a re-creating.
Every community has its attractiveness and its “dark side”. By “active presence” we mean our members’ calling and mission is to bring God-inspired flourishing through innovation, justice and equity at home, and places of work, industry and local community.
We see every person finding their creative purpose through authentic spiritual encounter, re-connected relationships, vocation and enterprise and local justice.
By every person we mean the active inclusion of people irrespective of religious background, gender, culture, race, nationality, educational, social, financial, hierarchical or residential status. Like the human body has multiple and diverse organs, each providing valuable functions in the keeping of health and well being, so it is with a community (1 Corinthians 12).
What are the effects and benefits of experiencing the abiding love of God? By experiencing the love and power of God through the gospel of Jesus, we can enjoy and achieve three things: re-connected relationships, the un-leasing of our own creative talent and confidence in our voice for the poor and oppressed. Through learning, discussion, and community we attempt to answer some of the following questions.
1. Spiritual Encounter
- What is the difference between religion (in a dogmatic sense) and faith?
- What are the biggest challenges to sensing the voice and intention of God?
- How do we experience the full approval and justification of God? (John 3:16,17)
2. Re-Connected Relationships
- How can we develop our emotional intelligence to stay strong and steady in troubling relationships?
3. Vocation and Enterprise
- What are we good at, and how are we meant to use our gifts and talents to make our communities places of flourishing?
4. Local Justice
- What can we do in our immediate sphere of influence to speak up for the poor and the marginalised?
learning, grace, renewed action
joy, forgiveness, transparency
Vocation and Enterprise
gifts, talents, home, industry
overcome, articulate, act
Reaching the Poor
Everyday on Mission
There are four essential places of our life as a community. These are designed to help us be refreshed in our identity (through God’s word, the Bible), rekindle our joy in community and stir our hearts to generous hospitality and mission to others. We encourage all our members to participate in all of these to some degree.
- Weekend Sunday Gatherings
Every Sunday essential gathering together as a church under…
- Connect Groups
Connects are “missional communities” of 10-12 people, where eating, chatting and doing life together are high valued. This is where we draw wisdom and hope from the Bible, refresh our identity, encourage one another and create plans for practical mission to neighbour.
- Prayer Groups
Groups of 2 or 3 of the same gender able to share issues, confess issues, repent and pray for one another in the light of Jesus and His freedom and love.
- Community Outings
Community Outings are organised hikes, outings, dinners, movie nights and community gatherings that enable activity, social interaction and a wider sense of community.