ABOUT THE ENCOUNTER

VISION

The Encounter Church is passionate about pursuing The presence of God, and extending His kingdom values throughout our city and the ends of the earth. We believe that God is good and wants to show Himself through His love. Not only in words, but in power. Our participation with the Holy Spirit and prayer into God’s purposes gives us insight into the restoration of people, our city, our nation, and the earth. Our hope is that we might present back to Father God what has been asked of us to tend: our Garden with the restoration and fulfillment of His original intent.

Culture
Is a place of nurturing relationships, compassionate and welcoming, where rights are laid down and responsibilities are picked up, where truth abounds and unconditional love is practiced, and where people are free to be who they are called to be. We cultivate an environment where honor, respect, and accountability are shown. We walk with the mindset of Christ, seeing each other through His eyes. We are a people of integrity, mercy, and love putting others before ourselves. Our speech is inspired by Holy Spirit; releasing words of life with a language of faith, hope, and love. Our actions are guided by discipline allowing freedom within boundaries of righteousness. Guests feel loved, welcomed, safe, and free.

Destiny
We call forth and foster the destiny in each other, our church, and our city. We declare the goodness of God and His plans for our lives. We mine the gold that God has placed in each of us and help everyone discover the treasure they are. We provide tools and instruction that lead people into opportunities to walk into their destiny.

Creativity
We honor and nurture creativity in all people, so that God can be seen. We cultivate creativity through teaching, mentoring, and resourcing in all areas of the arts, communication, worship and ministry.

Worship
We are a people of God, created to worship, free to express our love passionately for the Father. We allow His heart to permeate our individual and corporate lives so that all we do is an act of worship. We remain open to Holy Spirit and seek to grow in our experience and expression of worship.

Prayer
The Encounter is a house of prayer. We gather regularly to pray corporately and intercede for each other, our church, and our city.

Unity
Love reigns supreme and John 17:21 “that they may all be one” provides the guideline for inescapable unity as we support each other, celebrating and acknowledging that we are individuals, complete in Jesus Christ carrying His mandate of bringing the Kingdom of God to Kenosha. We will bless, fellowship with, and minister with other churches to see revival come to the MidWest.

Families
The Encounter models a culture of honor, demonstrating true covenantal relationship, yielding the restoration of families in Kenosha. Husbands and wives love, respect, and empower one another. Children honor their parents, and parents instruct, nurture, and raise their children in the freedom of the Lord. Neighborhoods are being changed by the example of our Godly family unit, and true community is being established, making Kenosha the best place to raise a family.

Youth & Children
We are a church that shines on the youth, illuminating their calling, gifting, and destiny. We raise children who know the Lord and make Him known. We pioneer a prophetic culture in our children, celebrating their expression, coaching their revelation, and encouraging their participation in our services. We train our youth to be ambassadors for Christ and use their gifts for Kingdom expansion. We join with other youth groups and see the youth of Kenosha transformed.

Leadership
We honor the five-fold ministry gifts as given in Ephesians 4:11-13, recognizing, developing, and functioning within The Encounter and the body of Christ. We are sons and daughters, modeling Kingdom culture, following Christ’s example, while continually seeking to serve one another and Kenosha.

Prophecy
The Encounter is a fertile ground where a prophetic culture is cultivated in all ages. Prophetic words spoken over Kenosha and this house are coming to pass as we co-labor with Christ. The Encounter is a home that is filled with Heaven’s revelation, and a family that honors and celebrates every God-given revelation on earth.

Facilities
The property of The Encounter is a place where the Prince of Peace both reigns and is tangibly encountered. Our facilities are wisely used to demonstrate our love for Kenosha.

Community Relationship
The Encounter sees Kenosha through the eyes of God, recognizing the needs of our city, identifying where we can assist, and making every effort to bring the solution. We constantly find new ways to love our city and be known as the lighthouse of love in Kenosha, creating an environment that restores hope and faith in all our citizens. The weary find rest, the weak find strength, and those in need find provision. Kenosha is finding health and wholeness, peace and safety, prosperity and generosity, fairness and justice, love, compassion, and daily encounters with the glory of the Lord.

Nations
Nations will encounter the glory of the Lord through the transformed people of Kenosha. As we invest in the citizens of Kenosha, they are taking their encounters, experiences, revelations, and training to bring transformation to the nations.

THEN shall we KNOW