WHAT MAKES US PUSH FORWARD
It is no secret that we are about making people into passionate followers of Jesus. From God’s Word it’s clear that this is the mission of the church…to make disciples. More important than mere numbers—that is, the quantity of disciples—we’re interested in the quality of discipleship—teaching people how to follow Jesus Christ. For many who find themselves at Evangel, there is the realization that there has been a brokenness to how they have been living life, and it has been here that they have found the healing Grace of our Lord Jesus.
So our emphasis in every part of our ministry is getting every believer to the place where they Worship Christ, Walk with Christ and Work for Christ. Breaking that down a bit, it simply means that at Evangel each follower of Jesus should be part of our Sunday worship time, join a small group, find a place to serve, and actively share their faith with others.
Now maybe you just stopped by to look around the website; we’re glad you did! But maybe you’re checking us out today because you’re looking to join with a community of Jesus followers who are passionate about the same things you are…the things we have mentioned right here. It may just be that God has brought us together and that you are the answer to our sincere prayers for him to build his church. Either way, we hope Evangel will be a blessing to you.
><>Pastor Stan Starkey
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
WE ARE EMPOWERED BY PASSION
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith;as it is written, “The one who is righteous by faith will live.”
THE APOSTLE PAUL – ROMANS 1:16-17
STATEMENT OF FAITH
THESE ARE THE ESSENTIALS WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible to be the complete word of God, that the sixty-six books, as originally written, comprising the Old and New Testaments were verbally inspired by the Spirit of God and were entirely free from error.
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; II Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105; 160; Proverbs 30:5)
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect in all His attributes and eternally existing in three equal persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
(Gen. 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matt. 28:19; I Peter 1:2; II Corinthians 13:14)
We believe in the absolute and essential deity of Jesus Christ; in becoming man He did not cease to be God. He eternally existed with the Father and agreed to become a man, die on the cross, and rise bodily from the grave to satisfy the righteous demands of His Holy Father.
(Matt 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrew 4:14-15; I Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:13; I Timothy 6:14-15)
We believe in the absolute deity of the Holy Spirit. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in the world.
(II Cor. 3:17; John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 1:13; Eph. 5:18)
We believe in the existence of Satan as the originator of sin and the arch-enemy of God. As a spirit being he leads his demonic forces in the continual attack upon the people and purposes of God.
(Isaiah 14:12-15; I Peter 5:8; II Corinthians 11:3)
We believe that salvation takes place when the sovereign election of God and the obedient response of man come together. The Holy Spirit opens the heart of an individual with the Word of God. They see their total helplessness before God apart from the work of Christ and turn to God in repentance and faith.
(Romans 6:23; Eph 2:8-9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1)
The true church is composed of all who through faith in Christ have become children of God. The true church is manifested in specific locations called local churches. The local church exists for the purpose of glorifying God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission.
(Eph. 5:23; Romans 12:1; Acts 2:42-46; I Cor. 14:26; Matt. 28:18-20)
Evangel began as a church plant by Bethany Missionary Church, in a new neighbourhood in Kitchener, Ontario. Ground was broken in 1949 and 15 months later, on September 24th 1950, the church was dedicated and began its ministry to the community. In 1955 there were still no pews, only chairs, yet people came to worship in God’s house and celebrate joyous events including a wedding in August of that same year.
“For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord,’ plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:1
With Pastors to teach the Word of God, Worship Teams to lead in praise and adoration, and Sunday School teachers to teach our young children about God and His love for them, Evangel has reached out to the community over the years through Summer Vacation Bible School, and children’s programs during the school year. Many Christian missionaries and leaders have developed their gifts through serving at Evangel, and then gone out into the world to spread the gospel in other contexts and cultures. Prayer has been our stronghold as God has lead us through many avenues of life at Evangel. Evangel is a church with open arms to those who enter its doors.