THE FREEDOM TO BE
The People of Epiphany share an understanding. It is an understanding that emerges within each person as he or she allows the ministry and mission of the congregation to be at the center of their lives. It is an understanding of discipleship and freedom.
For too many years, churches have not allowed God's people to use their gifts in the appropriate ways. Often times, people have not been free to travel their own journeys in ways which they desire or need. Too often, churches have actually stopped discipleship and spiritual growth instead of encouraging it. At Epiphany, we want people to have the freedom to be who they are and travel the journey they need to travel.
Epiphany has a vision to make a difference in the lives of the people. We do this by allowing people to be free in growing, learning, worshipping, serving, and experiencing. Our congregation is here to give you the opportunity to open your mind, offer your heart, ask questions, offer opinions, and learn to live by serving. We are a congregation that helps people grow, and live, and serve in the world through their own spirituality, discipleship, and leadership.
This is why, at Epiphany, each person is "free to be..."
THE FREEDOM TO BE YOU
At Epiphany, we understand that each person is a unique person of God. We will not try to make you into someone different. You are a special gift from God. Epiphany appreciates and gives thanks for people - just as they are!
THE FREEDOM TO SERVE
Because each individual is a unique person of God, everyone has unique gifts and talents to offer. We give people the freedom to use their gifts in unbinding ways to grow God's kingdom
THE FREEDOM TO BE REAL
Here, at Epiphany, we're real, we're fun, we're comfortable. We know how to serve; we know how to worship. All people can express their realness in whatever ways best fit the gifts and
passions they have for living.
EPIPHANY HOSPITALITY = FREEDOM TO BE
Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines. It is not to lead our neighbor into a corner where there are no alternatives left, but to open a wide spectrum of options for choice and commitment. It is not an educated intimidation with good books, good stories and good works, but the liberation of fearful hearts so that words can find roots and bear ample fruit. It is not a method of making our God and our way into the criteria of happiness, but the opening of an opportunity to others to find their God and their way. The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances. ~Henri Nouwen