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.
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.
Goal: To cultivate a church that is authentic, where seekers, doubters and Christ followers are welcomed.
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.
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 “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.
Nathan Akin Pastor for Disciple-Making
Donnie Hollis Pastor for Corporate Worship
Tony Merida Pastor for Preaching and Vision
Matt Sigmon Executive Pastor
Seth Brown Pastor
Keelan Cook Pastor
Matt Foshee Pastor
Aaron Lumpkin Pastor for Student Discipleship
Manny Prieto Pastor
Shane Shaddix Pastor
Joe Thigpen Pastor
Rob Barton Deacon
Michael Britt Deacon
Brett Hart Deacon
Jay Humphrey Deacon
Ellen Holder Deacon
Trevor King Deacon
Andy Rodriguez Deacon
Jillian Prieto Childcare Coordinator
Jessica Rodriguez Administrative Assistant