Who We Are

Who We Are

Rather than being a place where people far from God are met with shame, guilt, and condemnation, Jesus leads us to be a family that extends His grace, mercy, and forgiveness to everyone. No matter what you’ve been through or what questions you might have, we want you to be a part of the family.

We are a community of people who have been renewed by the Gospel of Jesus and have devoted our lives to following Him. We love God, love each other, and love our community. It is our desire to communicate the unchanging truth of the person and work of Jesus Christ in a way that everyone in our community and culture can comprehend. We gather on Sundays and scatter throughout the communities committed to living the Christian life together as a family. Below you can find some general information about who we are, what we value and how you can join our community.

Our Identities

At ERPC, we seek to live out five identities that mark us as a church.

WORSHIPERS - We are worshipers of God who have responded to His call to worship by living for His glory. We gather weekly as a church to worship Him corporately, but worship is not simply limited to Sunday mornings. Everything we do is an act of worship, pleasing to God because of Christ’s death and resurrection. (Romans 12:1, John 4:23-24, Hebrews 10:1)

FAMILY - Through Jesus Christ, we are adopted by God our Father. We are children of God and brothers and sisters in Christ who love and care for one another. We encourage commitment to the family through church membership and seek to live out this identity in our community groups. (Genesis 12:1-3, John 1:12-13, Romans 12:10-16)

LEARNERS - As disciples of Christ, we learn from Jesus and proactively seek our own development and the development of others. We don't have it all figured out, and we strive to foster a culture of humility and teachability at ERPC. (Romans 12:2, Matthew 28:18-20, Ephesians 4:11-13, 2 Timothy 2:2)

SERVANTS - Jesus came "not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Because in humility Christ served us by giving His life for us, so we also serve others with our lives. Every follower of Christ has been given spiritual gifts and opportunities to serve, and we seek to use what God has given us to serve those inside and outside the church. (Mark 10:35-45, John 13:1-17, Philippians 2:1-11, 1 Peter 2:16)

MISSIONARIES - We are missionaries sent by Jesus into the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus to our family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. As missionaries we build meaningful relationships, introduce others into community and share the gospel. (John 20:21, Colossians 4:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Our Values

At ERPC, we seek to live out nine values that mark us as a church.

RELEVANT - We believe that the message of Jesus is relevant today. We have a calling to present the Gospel in a way that is accessible to today’s fast changing culture.

CREATIVE + CONTEMPORARY - We determine to worship God in a style that is both contemporary and relevant.We aim to use current technology, particularly in lighting, sound and creative arts, to create an atmosphere where people can meet with God.

HOSPITALITY - We value hospitality. ERPC aims to be a church that welcomes people with open arms, enabling them to encounter the unconditional love of God. People can come as they are and engage on a level where they feel comfortable, yet feel challenged to grow in their discipleship.

AUTHENTIC DISCIPLESHIP - We endeavor to produce 'world class disciples'.  The teaching should speak into people’s lives without compromising biblical truth. We believe that encountering Jesus transforms lives. Great importance is placed on teaching, small groups and individual accountability. We expect our leaders to live exemplary lives, modeling to the rest of the church a lifestyle that is in line with New Testament teaching. We encourage transparency and integrity, whilst recognizing that none of us are the finished product. We take seriously Jesus’ commandment that we should go and make disciples. Therefore, everything we do as a church will be missional. One of the roles of the church leadership is to equip the people at ERPC in their personal witness, loving and serving a world in need of a Savior.

SPIRIT-FILLED + PRAYERFUL - The spiritual gifts of the New Testament are relevant today.We endeavor to be a church filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit and encourage members to use and grow in their gifting. We are committed in bringing all aspects of life to God in prayer. Through prayer, lives are changed and transformed.

INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP - Leadership is a gift given by God.  We value team leadership, consisting of both men and women. As a leader, Jesus served and so we seek to model and encourage the same. We believe in the ministry of the body of Christ. Sometimes releasing new leaders is risky and it doesn’t always go to plan, but is essential to growth. It is important that the all age group of the church are always represented on the leadership team. We place no intentional emphasis on having leaders of a certain age.

FLEXIBLE + FUN - Our church structure needs to be flexible.We will ensure that our organization allows us to make quick, yet effective decisions. We will embrace change as God leads us, and always remain open to His direction.

EVANGELISTIC + COMMUNITY FOCUSED - We want to be at the center of our community.We seek to bring the Good News of Jesus into the community as a catalyst for personal and social transformation. We seek as a church to primarily exist for those who outside our walls.

GENEROUS + SUPPORTIVE - God has called us to build his Kingdom.  This will require sacrificial giving of our time and resources. Therefore, we seek to build strong links with other local churches, working where possible in partnership in local mission. As a sending church, we will be generous with the resources that God has given us.