At Evergreen Church, one simple vision is our passion:
Jesus changing lives through you.
This means we develop each person to live a missional life for Christ by worshipping, serving and changing in a team.
We lead people through three phases to achieve our vision.
- Worship to love God with daily devotions.
- Serving to love our neighbor in a LifeTeam.
- Changing to make disciples of Jesus through discipleship courses.
Evergreen Church exists for Jesus to reach people who don’t attend our church yet. We serve a bedroom suburb of Seattle called Bothell. Our town brings together warm community, tech/health industries and a university campus.
Bothell is booming. Our town center is going through a massive redevelopment bringing more people. Large developments of new homes are bringing more families. Local schools are overflowing. A new high school is being built soon. Oh yes, we are home to one of the largest Hindu populations in America. Ninety-six percent of Seattle do not attend church. So we resist passivity and encourage involvement in Jesus' mission to change lives.
We are passionate about equipping people to become healthy leaders to influence people. We are focused on Jesus. We believe the Bible is the word of God. We honor God’s word by making it interesting. We believe all the gifts of the Spirit operate today. We are charismatic but balanced. We believe Jesus and his church are the hope of the world. We are evangelistic, but not shallow.
We are elder governed, pastor led and volunteer driven. We are an autonomous church, in relationship with churches like New Life (Colorado Springs), New Hope (Honolulu) and A2A (Australia). Senior pastors from these churches serve as covering pastors and visit our church regularly. We also have a consulting relationship with Gateway Church in Southlake, TX.
Evergreen Church’s vision to change lives:
WE HAVE ONE WILDLY IMPORTANT GOAL: Depending on the Holy Spirit, we can see Evergreen Church able to receive over 1,000 seekers in weekend services with 80% of them visibly engaged as disciples of Jesus.
WE CAN SEE KIDS BEGGING TO COME TO CHURCH AND NOT WANTING TO LEAVE because we craft compelling experiences in worship, stories, and environment from a child's point of view.
WE CAN SEE A CULTURE OF JOY because we live and love our values and culture. While Jesus uses us to save the planet, he still gives us permission for much joy. (Evergreen Church values: including, passion, improving, Serving, graciousness, creativity, and influencing.)
WE CAN SEE A 24/7 PRAYER ROOM where we will depend on the Holy Spirit for his plans for Bothell, Seattle, the NorthWest and the nations.
WE CAN SEE ALPHA AS THE HUB OF ALL WE DO, by offering the course three times per year plus the prison, forming LifeTeams, releasing leaders, empowering worship all to influence churches of the Pacific Northwest to offer Alpha too.
WE SEE 1,000 UNIQUE INDIVIDUALS TASTING COMMUNITY AT AN ALPHA TABLE, LIFE TEAMS OR COURSES with 3 LifeTeam launches over the course of a year.
WE CAN SEE PASSION FOR WORSHIP PROVED BY RAISING UP LEADERS, with the help of Gateway Worship, to launch Worship Team Academy at Evergreen Church.
WE SEE A LEADERSHIP ACADEMY AS A PIPELINE OF GREAT LEADERS taking a planned path to influence the seven mountains that impact our community. (Family, marketplace, government, schools, health, media and sports.)
WE SEE A HOSTING WELCOME IN BEAUTIFUL SPACES by completing and maximizing Cultures Cafe, Christmas Pavilion, auditorium upgrades, hall decor, and parking lot lights.
WE SEE ADDITIONAL SERVICE TIMES to reach more people both on and off campus and online (e.g. millennials, Monroe Prison, retirement communities and other communities.)
WE SEE VISIONARY SAVING for a future atrium foyer and community influence wings with continued giving to our Building Fund. We will continue to give 10% of our building fund to complete the Nansana Church building in Uganda.
WE SEE MUTUALLY ENRICHING PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL CHURCHES IN THE NORTHWEST AND AROUND THE WORLD. This year Evergreen Church looks for inspiration to Holy Trinity Brompton (London) for evangelism and prayer, Willow Creek (Chicago) for leadership, Gateway (Dallas) for worship, New Hope Windward (Kaneohe, Hawaii) for small groups and New Life (Colorado Springs) for the practice of sabbath.