What's in a Name?
latin: “image of God”
The Christian God is a Trinity, an eternal and joyful community of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and we humans were made in that image. We were made for community, we were made for love: for relationship with God and others. However, that image in each of us, has been broken, twisted, and trampled on by millennia of human will and self-determination. Our individual stories are often riddled with death, pain, disappointment, broken relationships, and at times hopelessness. But your story isn’t all there is, there’s another story that began before you were born. The story continues to be written right now…. it’s God’s story:
CREATION → FALL → RECONCILIATION → RE-CREATION
The Christian hope is that Jesus is coming back in order to restore all things, put all the pieces back together, reconciling them back to God, and making them flourish; he will bring heaven to earth. At this moment God is inviting us to join this story by allowing ourselves to be reconciled to and re-created in God. The entryway into this story is knowing Jesus. When you know Jesus, you find your true self: loved by the One who created, pursued, and fought for you, so that you might reach your fullest unique human potential, restored to the imago dei, re-created for love.
This is who we are in terms of the way we worship together. Every church has their own “style” whether they be Baptist, Roman Catholic, or Pentecostal. We want to express the hallmarks of Anglican worship – rooted in history, otherness, beauty, and transcendence – encountering both the immanence (nearness) and transcendence (mystery) of God. As the third largest Christian expression in the world, and the largest Protestant group, Anglicans are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national family with an especially strong presence in Africa.
We are a small gathering of God’s people, the new humanity, the world-wide Body of Christ, the new creation, the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, and the hope of the world. We are weak and broken people who don’t have it all together but desire God and desire to follow in the way of Jesus. We are not just a community, a worship service, a do-good agency, a social club, or a group of friends. We are a community in the Bangor region enjoying God, loving others, and joining with Jesus in the renewal of all things.
What We Value
We envision an entire generation transformed into wholehearted lovers of God, encountered by the living Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, all within the context of a praying church, being sent out to multiply other praying churches which will contend for the transformation of our culture and the fullness of God’s Kingdom in Maine, New England, and the world.
In order to accomplish the vision, Imago Dei is committed to cultivating a community that exists for the purpose of enjoying God, loving others, and joining Jesus in the restoration of all things.
Our 7 Values
1 - We value communion with the Beautiful Triune God
We seek to intimately know God as revealed in Jesus Christ through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit. Joyful communion with God is our ultimate mandate and exceedingly great reward.
2 - We value a culture of unrelenting prayer and passionate worship
We are committed to helping people satisfy their hunger for reality through a wholehearted lifestyle of fervent prayer and worship. Our desire is to see a radical shift in this generation which moves beyond the status-quo and into a culture defined by perpetual persistent prayer and holy love.
3 - We value healing relationships in community
Being created in the image of God (imago dei) humans were made to live in community like God, who is a Trinity of Persons. This is evidenced by humanity’s deep longing for relationships and a desire to belong. The fullness of God’s work in our lives is given when we live a unified rhythm of life with one another, expressed by a culture of hospitality, selflessness, and transparency in relationships. In Christian community, we can safely ask questions, confront doubts, and receive love so that the image of God might be more fully restored in us.
4 - We value whole-life transformation and growth
By encountering the presence of the Holy Spirit and meditating on Holy Scripture we seek to lead consistent lifestyles as wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ as illustrated by the Sermon on the Mount (Mt.5-7). The Gospel of Jesus Christ gradually changes our hearts and minds, transforming every sphere of our lives, perfecting holy love for God and enabling us to love people better by inviting them into the same whole-life transformation.
5 - We value a Kingdom culture
Since every individual is created in the image of God we acknowledge and honor the infinite worth of every person and the desire of God to make the wrong things right in tangible ways. We seek to foster a culture that values life, recognizing the dignity of the rejected, defenseless, and forgotten.
6 - We value pioneer church planting
We are committed to raising up apostolic (sent) leaders to advance the Kingdom of God by planting praying churches among post-Christian populations throughout New England, particularly targeting universities and college campuses.
7 - We value historical global Christianity
As a part of a global Christian community, we are shaped by and reflect the streams of Christian expression (Scriptural, Sacramental, Spirit-filled) that have characterized the Anglican tradition for hundreds of years. We are submitted to the authority of the Scriptures, committed to the richness of ancient worship and, and dependent on the power and work of the Holy Spirit who lives in and among us.
Imago Dei members sign a Church Unity Pledge outlining our community's approach to holy speech and conflict resolution.