OUR BELIEFS | PASTOR’S LETTER | ONE GUIDING CHAPTER | THE NEED | THE CHURCH LOVES PEOPLE | PEOPLE LOVE THE CHURCH | ABOUT EVERGREEN | THE VISION | THE MISSION | EVANGELIZE THE NATIONS | REVITALIZE THE CHURCH | TRANSFORM SOCIETY | THIS YEARS VISION | ACCOUNTABILITY | OVERSIGHT PASTORS | MINISTRY PARTNERS
Evergreen Church proclaims the Nicene Creed as our statement of faith. This creed dates back to the fourth century, when Christians came together and composed this formative and definitive statement. The Nicene Creed has stood the test of time as a standard of what Christians from every stream of the Body of Christ believe. It is more than an intellectual checklist of doctrine; it is a confession of worship that forms us as the people of God and draws us together into the life of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Evergreen Church exists for the benefit of 96% of Seattle people who do not yet attend a church.
BE A SOURCE
“I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Jesus spoke these words at the very spot where the headwaters of the Jordan River burst out from snowy mountains. This spot in Israel looks like an Instagram moment from the Pacific Northwest, with clear snowmelt rushing into the crystal waters of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus started his church with a vision to be a SOURCE.
GALILEE feels a lot like Lake Chelan. The waters are pure because the Jordan River overflows from the other end of the lake. A SOURCE church has an intake and an outflow too!
Next, the Jordan River is sucked into a salty desert lake with no outlet. THE DEAD SEA is toxic because it hoards every drop of water to itself and gives nothing away. Unfortunately, some churches can exist only for the benefit of their own members.
Jesus announced his vision of a church with both a flow IN as well as an overflow OUT to keep it fresh. Evergreen Church has a dream to be the kind of SOURCE CHURCH that Jesus envisioned. We exist for the benefit of 96% of Seattle people who don’t yet attend a church.
On one trip to Israel, Leslie and I were able to spend twenty minutes alone in the Upper Room in Jerusalem. It’s a medium-sized space that would comfortably seat about 120 people. There the world’s first church met for the first time. There is no parking lot near the Upper Room. There are no brightly decorated nurseries for kids. There are no colored lights or subwoofers.
Standing alone in that plain room, Leslie and I were reminded that it is not the size of a church building that matters. What does matter is how open the people are to being a SOURCE of the Holy Spirit.
The SOURCE vision will happen through RESOURCE-FULL people. This magazine is designed to introduce you to our passion for Evergreen Church to be a SOURCE church. To include you, we’ve added nine Bible studies to help you grow to become a RESOURCE-FULL partner of this church.
May Evergreen Church serve as the headwaters of a river that refreshes this city, this region, our world.
ONE GUIDING CHAPTER
The imagery from Isaiah chapter 35 has inspired Evergreen leaders to become a SOURCE CHURCH. Read Isaiah 35 less like a page of words and more like a painting of a life-giving church.
MAY EVERGREEN CHURCH BE A SOURCE!
Like a CROCUS, may we break out of cold, winter ground into brilliant color. Be evangelistic and multicultural!
Like soaring CEDARS of the Pacific Northwest, may we grow influential leaders, rooted together. Become the leader the world is waiting for to find Jesus.
Like the MIRACLES of sight, hearing, mobility, and speech, expect AMAZEMENT UNPRECEDENTED.
Let the GUSH of the Holy Spirit wash all enemies away and make this desert LIVE. Be a church to reach the 96% who do not attend church!
Like a broad, elevated freeway, make a clear, safe HIGHWAY to help thousands to Jesus. Can you see the evangelical awakening in Bothell and beyond?
One fact moves Evergreen: 96% of people living in Seattle don’t go to church.
94% of churches still focus on the 4% of people who already go to church. 96% of Millennial Christians claim “the BEST THING that could happen for someone is to come to know Jesus.” And yet, 47% of Millennial Christians say it is WRONG to evangelize.
2 out of 5 Christians have no non-Christian friends.
Evergreen Church asks, “How can we serve people who haven’t come to church yet?”
“Washington has never been as secular as it is right now,” asserts The Seattle Times.
47% of Washingtonians are the “nones,” who claim no religion.
The lowest rate of church attendance in the USA is in the Pacific Northwest.
And yet, surveys reveal that unchurched people WILL talk about FAITH with a person who “listens without judgment” (62%) and “does not force a conclusion” (50%).
Seattle is pivotal in reaching the world.
According to Forbes, magazine, among US cities, Seattle ranks:
# 4 fewest Christians
# 4 most lustful city
# 3 most envious city
# 3 most greedy city
America’s fastest growing city for 8 years is Seattle.
When people move, God is moving. Seattle is subtly influential.
The world thinks with Microsoft, buys with Amazon, stocks up with Costco, backs up with Oracle, flys out with Boeing, goes out with Expedia, and meets at the Seattle embassy called Starbucks.
From Seattle, Jesus can influence the globe!
Bothell schools are now 42% non-caucasian.
90 languages are spoken in our streets.
The world is next door.
The church can showcase affinity in diversity.
IT’S TIME TO SHINE YOUR LIGHT, SO RUN TO THE DARK.
Be a SOURCE.
THE CHURCH LOVES PEOPLE
“WE LOVE PEOPLE.”
Say that out loud:
WE LOVE PEOPLE.
That’s quite a claim.
Sometimes we don’t love well.
Say those words anyhow:
WE LOVE PEOPLE!
Confessing it changes the heart.
JESUS NOTICED PEOPLE.
Where religious leaders avoided people, Jesus sought them. Twelve ordinary men took a three year tour with Jesus to see people from God’s point of view. “Follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).
JESUS FISHED WITH ATTENTION.
Jesus reached 5,000, then 4,000, so twelve men could reach 3,000 people in just one day. And that was only the beginning. Jesus has greater works for us, if we will love people.
JESUS NOTICED HEAVEN TOO.
“Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Don’t complain about the absence of God. Embrace the activity of God in lost people around you. Jesus exegeted cities with the same diligence that rabbis studied scripture. “Where is the Father at work in this city,” Jesus asked? “How can I magnify the Father’s work?”
WE NEED TWO CONVERSIONS.
FOLLOW JESUS and no one else (Matthew 4:19). LOVE PEOPLE as we have been loved by Jesus (John 13:34).
Author Jan Johnson says, ”Many believers are ‘rabbit hole’ Christians. In the morning they pop out of their safe Christian homes, hold their breath at work, scurry home to their families, then off to their Bible studies, and finally end the day praying for the unbelievers they safely avoided all day.”
We DECHURCH the OVERCHURCHED to love the UNCHURCHED.
Evergreen Church exists for the BENEFIT of people who are not yet here.
We reach the UNCHURCHED by designing church through their eyes.
WE LOVE PEOPLE!
PEOPLE LOVE THE CHURCH
It was the loving culture of home created by the father that brought the lost son home (read all of Luke 15). “WELCOME HOME,” is written in forty languages on our doors. People will love the church if we create the Father’s culture of home.
We talked to our Bothell neighbors who don’t attend a church.
60% of them have never walked into a church building.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHY DON’T PEOPLE GO TO CHURCH? WHAT KIND OF CHURCH WOULD PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND? HOW COULD A CHURCH THAT CARES, MAKE BOTHELL A BETTER PLACE?
We listened and created the culture that Jesus modeled and that people love.
INCLUDING... we love people
GRACIOUS... kindness changes lives
PASSIONATE... hearts on fire
SERVING... spirit of joy
CREATIVE... keep the news good
IMPROVING... excellence is attractive
INFLUENCING... inspiring a culture of leaders
Evergreen Church is
BIBLICAL... We make God’s word relevant for today.
LIFE-GIVING... The Holy Spirit is your Friend and has gif ts to empower you.
EVANGELICAL... We invite sinners to follow Jesus.
We can see Evergreen as a SOURCE church to EVANGELIZE the nations, REVITALIZE the church, and to TRANSFORM society.
We can see Evergreen as a church of DISPROPORTIONAL INFLUENCE from San Francisco to Vancouver, Spokane to Boise, and cultures of the world.
We can see SPIRITUAL AWAKENING coming in Bothell by making Jesus irresistible to people who do not yet follow him.
We can see EVERGREEN CHURCH AS A HEADWATERS beyond Bothell to start new churches and to renew established ones to evangelism.
Jesus spoke just over 31,000 words on how to be a SOURCE CHURCH. Here are just a few of his best lines.
“The kingdom is here. Repent and believe the good news.” “Follow me. I will make you fishers of men.” “Love God. Love your neighbor.” “Go and make disciples.”
We picked just 5 of Jesus’ words to make his mission for Evergreen Church memorable.
Evergreen Church is… JESUS CHANGING LIVES THROUGH YOU.
King Jesus calls you to bring heaven here.
The greatest miracle is forgiveness.
Jesus notices people and so must we.
Everything Jesus did, you can do too.
Every disciple is in full-time ministry.
EVANGELIZE THE NATIONS
We spread the GOOD NEWS of Jesus Christ to every culture in Bothell and beyond.
DEPENDENCE ON THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH PRAYER IS HOW WE SEE JESUS CHANGE LIVES. Cultural diversity in the church shows Jesus best. We travel to learn from churches in other nations how better to reach the lost in Bothell.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
BE ALL IN!
TRY ALPHA! Alpha is good food, a short film, and an open discussion to explore the Christian faith.
Start the HABIT OF FOLLOWING.
BE BAPTIZED. (talk to any Evergreen pastor to get started!)
Start Your HABIT OF DEVOTION.
Live ALPHA CULTURE where you are most by DEPENDENCE on the Holy Spirit, HOSPITALITY of seekers, LISTENING well, and SHARING your faith.
LEARN FROM THE NATIONS by being part of a team visiting one of our partner ministries.
REVITALIZE THE CHURCH
We aspire to love the church as Jesus does by being healthy, starting new churches, and revitalizing established congregations.
BUILDING THE CHURCH IS THE ONLY WORK JESUS IS DOING ON THE EARTH TODAY. Every Christian is gifted and included in his work. Everyone is in full-time ministry where are. Doing church as a team is Jesus’ plan for ministry. We launch new churches by raising up pastors as leaders and evangelists, sending out our best, and starting through outreach with Alpha.
“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
BE ALL IN!
OMNICHANNEL is making church part of the flow of your life by attending in person or online as often as you can.
COME TO GIVE whenever you come before the Lord (Deuteronomy 16:16).
DISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
Take the STRENGTHSFINDER Assessment.
We do good works, where life is NOT good, to open a way for the good news of Jesus in our city.
THIS CHURCH MUST BE SUCH A POSITIVE SOURCE OF GOOD IN OUR CITY, THAT OUR NEIGHBORS SHOULD BE GLAD THAT WE EXIST AND WOULD GRIEVE IF WE WERE GONE. The seven mountains of influence in our city are where we want to make a difference. We aspire to be known as a church by who we live for more than by what we stand against. We do good whether others receive Christ or not.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 23:37-40
BE ALL IN!
HABIT OF CALLING.
PURPOSE REVIEW with Friends.
HABIT OF GOING. Be in a GROUP to do devotions, pray, eat together, enjoy each other and to make a difference in the world (see Acts 2:42-47).
DISCOVER YOUR MOUNTAIN of Influence by reflecting over what influences our city and where the Holy Spirit is drawing you to make a difference.
HABITS AT HOME.
The Seven Mountains of Influence
THIS YEARS VISION
Evergreen Church prays to become a SOURCE CHURCH through UNPRECEDENTED AMAZEMENT in order to evangelize the nations, revitalize the church, and transform society.
FOUNDATIONS: We see hundreds of bedrock people who fall in love with Jesus’ mission for our church through the SOURCE workbook and small groups led by pastors and elders.
BEAUTIFIED. We see the Beautify Vision fulfilled, with two multipurpose spaces on the second floor for Midtown kids, Middle School students on Sundays, and for prayer and a staff open office on weekdays. We started to “beautify the beautiful house” late in 2016 including parking lights, auditorium platform, production area, new carpeting, polished floors in foyers, the Pavilion, two fireplaces, Cultures Coffee House, Midtown room, Middle School room, prayer room, and staff common office.
SOURCE: We see Evergreen Church mortgage-free to make more disciples of more nations. We will give the FIRST 30% of our Amazement Offering to our church planting partners in Israel, India, and Rwanda and AFTER using the rest to complete the vision for Stage One of our campus. That vision was started in 2005.
DEPENDENCE: We see our prayer room called The Foundry completed on the second level and filled with people praying every single day of the week.
ALPHA: We see Alpha as our hub by hosting the course four times this year and inspiring 50 churches in Seattle to do the same. We see our first off-campus Alpha Course launched downtown to reach the new residents of downtown Bothell and to grow our ministry to university students.
OMNICHANNEL: We see a surge in church attendance because we bless urban busyness, embrace online technology, and affirm virtual attenders as much as we do those who come in person. We will launch a third service, 6pm Sundays ONLINE. We will vigorously market online church to the unchurched in Bothell as a bonafide church experience. We will encourage the churched to attend digitally and physically.
FAMILY: We see more staffing for family ministry, and more ministries that will help parents love better and children become all that they are designed by God to be.
COFFEE: We see Cultures Coffee House opened five days a week as our “Alpha Table” full of Bothell business park employees and unchurched neighbors from our diverse community.
MULTIPLICATION: We will research and develop Evergreen’s secret sauce of starting new churches evangelizing through Alpha, mentoring church planters and revitalizing churches who ask for our help.
HARVEST LEADERS: We will disciple pastors and business leaders to do evangelism with Evergreen Leadership Academy, The Jesus Course, a Christmas Lights Practicum and an Alpha Practicum for pastors, plus trips to our partners in India, Israel, and Rwanda.
Evergreen Church is an autonomous church that is biblically governed by spiritual leaders.
EVERGREEN is an ELDER-governed PASTOR-led VOLUNTEER-driven BIBLICALLY-functioning LIFE-giving CHURCH
OVERSIGHT PASTORS are senior pastors of churches around the world who visit, teach, inspire and guide our Lead Pastor and elders.
ELDERS govern our church in vision, maintain biblical teaching, give financial accountability, and keep our pastors healthy. Our Lead Pastor serves with the elders and chairs the eldership.
PASTORS on staff oversee our leaders and volunteers in the day to day operation of the church. The church is a volunteer movement. Jesus is the first volunteer. So we follow him. Staff serve to equip volunteers to minister. Through the Lead Pastor, they report to the Elders.
DISCIPLES are the followers Jesus calls out of the crowd to be baptized and taught to obey him. Each disciple has a call and gifts to be equipped to influence the needs of people who don’t yet attend. Membership at Evergreen Church is whole-hearted involvement in the ministry.
THE CROWD contains the people in the city who do not yet attend Evergreen. They may come occasionally, or not at all. Jesus loves them. We structure Evergreen to influence their lives with pre-evangelism and evangelistic events.
PASTOR BRADY BOYD
Senior Pastor, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO
PASTOR PHILLIP MUTZELBURG
President Emeritus, A2A Association of Churches, Australia
PASTOR AARON CRIDER
Worship Education Pastor, Gateway Church, Southlake, TX
ESSENTIAL CHURCH LEARNING COMMUNITY
Essential Church Learning Community is led by Brady Boyd from New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Essential Church is a growing association of churches gathering around what matters most. This includes the church as home, Christ the center, a gospel for everyone, whole-life discipleship, grounding in a bigger story, and a Spirit-filled people. Twice a year our senior pastor attends a two-day, round-table leadership learning conversation with other senior pastors from around the USA. This challenges like-minded leaders to be challenged as iron sharpens iron. Check out their website. theessential.church
Alpha USA is led by Craig Springer, is the movement of the Alpha Course in the USA. The Alpha Course was birthed in 1977 from Holy Trinity Brompton, a Church of England parish church in central London. Over 34 million people have now taken Alpha worldwide in over 100 countries and 100 languages. There is an annual conference in Phoenix, AZ at the end of each January. Visit alphausa.org or watch highlights of the conference. evergreenchurch.tv/alpha-hightlights
Empart is a ministry movement in South Asia led by Jossy Chacko. Their objective is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030. They seek to impact men, women and children through vocational training, children’s homes, schools, spiritual equipping and caste reconciliation. 24,944 communities have been transformed and 49 transformation centers established. Evergreen church is fully funding a transformation center. Visit empartusa.org
VOICE OF JUDAH ISRAEL
Voice of Judah Israel is led by Israel Pochtar, as a disciple-making ministry in the heartland of Israel focused on raising up servant leaders, cultivating and planting congregations, reaching out through humanitarian work, and carrying revival in the land. Evergreen is helping start a new church in Ashkelon, Israel. Visit vojisrael.org
WORLD OUTREACH MINISTRY FOUNDATION
World Outreach Ministry Foundation (WOMF) serves the nations of Uganda and Rwanda as well as six other African nations. Pastor Steven Myanja discipled Rwandan Pastor Canisius Gacura to return to Rwanda to plant churches after the genocide crisis in 1994. Today there are 8 congregations in Rwanda. Evergreen is helping to re-open closed church buildings after government action. Visit womf.org or watch highlights of their work at evergreenchurch.tv/womf