Encounter is not meeting in person during this season of COVID-19 social distancing. Encounter Bible studies are online, so please visit our Online Ministry Opportunities page to learn how to get involved.
The mission of our Encounter ministry is to help broken and hurting people overcome life’s adversities so they can discover a free life devoted to Jesus Christ.
What Is Encounter?
Encounter is a grace-filled community of people experiencing freedom through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Encounter is a spiritual growth discipleship program designed to help people live a free life devoted to Jesus Christ.
Encounter is for anyone who wants to discover true freedom and experience genuine joy and purpose in life. It truly is a program that anyone and everyone should attend.
Encounter is for people who want...
...to get well
...a safe community
...recovery and spiritual growth
...to experience change and healing
...an Encounter with God
...an Encounter with "Me Too" people
...an Encounter at the Cross
...an Encounter in His presence
...an Encounter with the Holy Spirit
The Four Pillars of Encounter
1. Discipleship—Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus has given us an undeniably clear pathway for freedom, and that is through discipleship.
2. Recovery—We all have adversities in life, whether they came from circumstances beyond our control or consequences of our own actions and sins. We are all broken and need to recover from how something or someone has impacted, or still impacts our lives.
3. Evangelism—Part of the beauty of knowing God and experiencing His grace is that we get to share that eternal hope with others. In fact, we are commanded to go and tell others about the amazing grace of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
4. Community—We know that we need others in our life to help us and encourage us. We get better together. We believe in building healthy accountable relationships where people love each other enough to tell them what they need to hear as opposed to what they want to hear. We work hard at building safe environments where God works best.
God's Word is our truth.
We don’t dwell on past hurts, as much as we look toward the future and rely on what God can do in and through us.
We stress taking personal responsibility to recover in life.
We know that spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ is essential to any lasting recovery and growth.
We believe that the power of the Holy Spirit is our source of strength and healing.
We combine the best of discipleship and recovery as the pathway for lasting change, growth and healing.
We know community with others is key. We get better together and we need to build healthy relationships that will help and not hinder our growth and recovery.
We recognize that all of us need to recover in life. We all have different kinds of hurts, habits, and hang-ups of varying degrees. We focus on allowing God to heal the “root” issues of our life instead of wasting time dealing with the symptoms of our root issues.
There are good recovery programs and there are good discipleship programs. Encounter combines Discipleship, Recovery, Evangelism, and Community as the four pillars of our ministry.
Encounter instills hope that can pull down strongholds and break the power of sin. Applying what is learned at Encounter can produce lasting change in a person’s behavior that can restore lives, families and communities. These positive and lasting results can only happen through an Encounter with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Encounter strongly believes that God is Who He says He is and we are who He says we are. We believe that we are not our sins, our habits, our defects, and what has been done to us. We embrace our true identity In Christ and reject the lies that have tried to steal our identity.
Encounter embraces authenticity and honesty that creates safe environments where it is ok not to be ok but not ok to stay there.
Encounter believes in the power and value of prayer. If you can pray more efficiently you can live more freely.
Encounter is not a ministry for those people. “WE” are those people and we all need healing and growth from the brokenness in our lives. Encounter is truly a ministry that anyone and everyone should attend and be a part of.