Located in Evansville, IN, Encounter Church exists to glorify God through Reaching (those far from God), Teaching (everyone to draw closer to Jesus), and Unleashing (believers into the world for ministry).
We are a downtown church that wants to bless the city that we have been called to live in. We have chosen not to be located in the suburban part of the city in hopes that we can uniquely invest in the commercial and governmental areas of the city bringing gospel to Main street. As we minister within the heartbeat of the city (where thousands walk every day), we hope the gospel can flow to every other part. Our people are located all over the city (& Newburgh & Posey County).
Encounter Church Core Values
God has revealed Himself through the Inerrant Word of God, and it is the final authority for our lives. Are our priorities and attitudes consistent with Scripture?
As imperfect people, we must admit our flaws before we can be healed from them. We will lean on Christ’s righteousness rather than showing off our own. Do we truly rely on Jesus’ righteousness alone?
We will set impossible goals, take bold steps of faith, and watch God do far more than we can do in our own power. We must pray and continually depend on God so that the Holy Spirit is free to move. Is desperate dependence truly evident through our prayer, worship, and learning?
Daily dependence on the gospel changes our attitudes, actions, and values. We are known by dependence on Jesus for salvation and daily living rather than who or what we are against. Do we continually depend on the grace that is foundational to the gospel every day?
Accountability, belonging, care, and spiritual growth happen best with relationally-connected believers. Are we connecting relationally through small groups?
Big Picture Thinking
Encounter church is a small part of a much bigger picture. The local church is the hope of the world, and we know we can accomplish infinitely more working together with other churches and ministries than working apart. Are we blessing other churches and ministries?
The church does not exist for Christian consumers; it exists to serve the world. We will live missional lives in our city and beyond and use our blessings to bless others. Do we bless the world or hoard blessings?