Community (You and Others)

Discipleship is at the heart of all we do! We believe this happens best when we are sharing our lives and living in intimate relationships with one another 24-7!

Neil Cole writes,“Ultimately each church will be evaluated by only one thing. Its disciples! Your church is only as good as its disciples. It does not matter how good your praise, preaching, programs or property are. If your disciples are passive, needy, consumerist, and not moving in the direction of radical obedience, your church is not good.”

Discipleship Groups (D-groups)

Besides our desire to be family to one another in both our large and small group settings, ‘d-groups’ are groups of 3-5 people journeying together in intimate relationship, wrestling with real life issues, seeking to ‘hear Jesus’ voice’ and to respond to it! These groups meet at various times about every other week. If you’d like to become a part of a d-group, or if you have any questions, contact Mike Hollenbach!

Fusion (Teen ministry)

Community and Family Days

What do we mean by community?

The church is not a building we go to. Nor is church something we go to on Sunday. We are the church. So when we are a part of a church, we must necessarily be involved in each other’s lives every day of the week.  Therefore we value intentional, sacrificial, honest, grace-filled connection with others who are seeking to find hope in Jesus. One cannot consume community. One enters into it by serving one another. No perfect people are allowed. We are all in need of renewal and a grace-filled connection with others who are seeking hope in the God of the universe.
As a church that not only exists ‘in’ our community, but exists ‘for’ our community, we desire to be a gospel centered community amidst the community that already exists here in Easton.  Within our church community we will nurture authentic relationship, personal transformation and transcendent living.

  • Ephesians 4:1-2, I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Core values for our community

  • Life-on-life Relationships From Easton’s Lafayette students to its large Latino population; from traditional families to the growing professional population; from those we work with to those we play with… we believe the gospel calls us to an intentionally incarnational lifestyle with those we hope to reach with the good news of Christ. Therefore
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    • We are committed to live in the city, build relationships in our various communities, and serve our neighbors, seeking to be an instrument of life transformation through sacrificial love. 
    • Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  • Interpersonal Reconciliation… From the clash of traditional and modern worldviews to conservative and liberal ideologies; from racial discrimination to socio-economic oppression; from strained marriages to broken friendships… we believe the gospel compels us to seek peace and unity between all people. Therefore
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    • We are committed to seeking racial reconciliation, being agents of socio-economic equality, and a means of relational healing in order to proclaim the justice of Christ’s kingdom. Our desire is to serve as peacemakers personally, throughout Easton and in the entire region of the Lehigh Valley.
    • II Corinthians 5:16-21, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
  • Welcoming Diversity People are different… ethnically, socio-economically, culturally… tattoos, piercings, sexual orientation… urban, suburban, rural… our God is a welcoming God!  Therefore
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    • We must be a welcoming community!  Most people come to embrace and live out the way of Jesus because of relationships with others… therefore we need to be a community who for the sake of welcoming is willing to prioritize newcomers into our midst.  
    • James 2:1-9, “My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.  Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?  If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.  But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers…”