VISION

We desire to see lives changed by the gospel.

 

The vision of Imago Dei (Latin for “image of God”) is simple: to keep the Gospel central in everything. In the words of the Apostle Paul, we believe that the Gospel is of “first importance.” We should constantly reflect on it, and base our lives and ministries around it.

 

For I delivered to you as of first importance
what I also received: that Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures,
that he was buried,
that he was raised on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.

1 Cor. 15:3-4

 

Our message is clear and simple. For we believe that the hope for Raleigh and the nations is the Gospel. We believe that it is the “power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes.” We want to saturate the city and the world with the good news by proclaiming it with clarity and love, and by practicing good deeds that glorify Jesus. We desire to be a blessing to the city and to the nations with our actions and our words.

We believe this emphasis on the simplicity and power of the Gospel will also help us be unified. We can agree to disagree over matters that are not of first importance. But on the Gospel, we will be together. We refuse to argue over trivial matters because of the urgency of getting the Gospel to the nations.

We believe that this theological phrase, Imago Dei, calls our attention to the storyline of the Bible.

 

Creation
Fall
Redemption
New Creation

 

In creation, God created humanity in his image. But sin entered the world and now all people have fallen short of their purpose as God’s image bearers: to glorify God. We believe that God sent Christ to redeem us; that is to rescue us from our sin by dying in our place. Now God is at work transforming his redeemed into the image of Christ, who glorify Him. We believe that we will one day gather with every tribe and tongue to glorify Jesus in the new heavens and new earth, or the new creation forever. This is the story of the Bible. This is the story of the Gospel. This is the story of Imago Dei Church.

 

And they sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals, for you were slain,
and by your blood you ransomed people
for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

Revelation 5:9

 

We are committed to keeping our ministry simple. We will avoid offering numerous programs. We will meet weekly for worship to know Christ and exalt Him. We will also meet weekly in sermon-based small groups for spiritual growth, community, and ministry. And we will equip covenant membersto live as missionaries locally and globally everyday by fleshing out our “P.E.A.C.E.” plan. We will provide occasional equipping seminars over the weekends and will be doing several short-term mission trips throughout the year. But the weekly schedule will be simple: Worship on Sunday, sermon-based small groups (in homes), and daily missional living.

The P.E.A.C.E. Plan

Plant Churches
Evangelize the World
Aid the Poor and the Sick
Care for the Orphan and the Oppressed
Equip Leaders

VALUES

1. THE GOSPEL

Goal: To keep the Gospel central in everything we think, say, and do. We intend to dwell on the Gospel deeply, to live on it desperately, to teach it faithfully, to sing about it passionately, to reflect on it in the Lord’s Supper weekly, and to live it out obediently.

2. DIVERSITY

Goal: To mirror heaven by having members from all backgrounds.

3. MERCY MINISTRY

Goal: To impact the world through ministries of word and deed, caring for people the way Jesus has cared for us.

4. MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES

Goal: For small groups to gather weekly in homes for sermon application, prayer, fellowship, and ministry in the city.

5. TRANSPARENCY

Goal: To cultivate a church that is authentic, where seekers, doubters and Christ followers are welcomed.

CORE BELIEFS

Imago Dei stands in the line of Historic Christianity. Covenant Members of Imago Dei must affirm and believe the following nine core, historic beliefs.

There is only one true and living God who is the Creator of the universe. He exists eternally in three Persons – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

The Bible is God’s written revelation of Himself to mankind divinely given through human authors who were inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is entirely true, totally sufficient, and completely authoritative for matters of life and faith.

Human Beings are created by God to bear His image. They are the crowning work of His creation worthy of love, dignity, and respect regardless of matters like age, race, gender, or class.

Because of the Fall, the image of God in people is distorted but not lost. All people have disobeyed God willfully through sin; thus inheriting both physical and spiritual death and the need for redemption. All human beings are born with a sin nature and into an environment inclined toward sin. Only by the grace of God through Jesus Christ can they experience salvation.

Jesus is both fully God and fully human. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the Cross as a substitute for mankind, was raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return.

Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and man. No other religion, belief, or person can reconcile God and man. He alone can provide forgiveness and eternal salvation.

Salvation comes only through a faith relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior, as a person repents of sin and receives Christ’s forgiveness and eternal life. Salvation is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God. This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of Christ’s life, death and resurrection, not on the basis of human works. All the redeemed are secured in Christ forever.

The Holy Spirit immediately places all people who put their faith in Jesus Christ into one united spiritual body, the Church, of which Christ is the head.

God will bring the world to its appropriate end in His own time and in His own way. At that time, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth. Christ will judge both the saved and unsaved. Those who have trusted Christ will receive a glorified body and dwell forever with the Lord. Those who have not trusted in Christ will spend eternity in hell, the place of everlasting punishment.

LEADERSHIP

Imago Dei Church is an elder-led church.  We view the role of elder and the role of pastor as one and the same.  Therefore, those noted as a “Pastors” are  “Elders.” Our elders work together to steward the church body in all areas. However, there is also a need to have other members employed at the church that assist with various tasks. In addition, our church also has deacons who help manage the day to day operations of the church, freeing up our elders for the teaching of the word and prayer. For the qualifications of elders see: 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9, 1 Pet. 5:1-4; Acts 14:19-23; 20:17-35; Phil. 1:1, I Tim. 5:17.

Pastors

  • Nate

    Nathan Akin Pastor for Disciple-Making

  • Donnie

    Donnie Hollis Pastor for Corporate Worship

  • Tony

    Tony Merida Pastor for Preaching and Vision

  • Sigmon

    Matt Sigmon Pastor for Administration and Member Care

  • Keelen-update

    Keelan Cook Pastor

  • Foshee

    Matt Foshee Pastor

  • Mark

    Mark Haugh Pastor

  • Manny

    Manny Prieto Pastor

  • Shane

    Shane Shaddix Pastor

  • Keith

    Keith Whitfield Pastor

Deacons

  • Michael

    Michael Britt Deacon

  • Brad

    Brad Cone Deacon

  • brett

    Brett Hart Deacon

  • Ellen

    Ellen Holder Deacon

  • Jay

    Jay Humphrey Deacon

  • Jenni

    Jenni Price Deacon

  • ARod

    Andy Rodriguez Deacon

Assistants

  • Chip

    Chip Perkins Pastoral Assistant for Student Discipleship

  • Jillian

    Jillian Prieto Childcare Coordinator

  • Jessica

    Jessica Stroup Administrative Assistant