Who We Are
Impact Temple is a non-denominational church plant in the East Temple community. Our focus is on God’s expanding Kingdom in marginal places.
- Pursue the marginalized
- Connect diverse people to God and His church,
- Serve the crisis and chronic needs in our community.
Shaped by a Story
Jesus described his kingdom using a story of a great banquet. In the story there were two groups of people invited to the banquet. The first group had opportunities and options. Their calendars were full of business and social opportunities. This group declined the banquet invitation. The second group was located in the streets and alleys, along the roads and country lanes. They were poor, crippled, blind and lame. They accepted the invitation.
Impact Temple is a church plant aligning with God’s heart and the reality of his kingdom as seen in this story. We want those who are wealthy in the eyes of the world to prioritize the banquet and live simple lives that are not too busy for the kingdom. We want the banquet invitation extended to the poor, crippled, blind and lame. We want to remove barriers to the kingdom by planting a church that is accessible and reflects the diverse people God has placed in the East Temple community.
SIMPLICITY- Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) We believe the life of a disciple will be marked by great sacrifices in comfort, wealth, power and fame to embrace a simple mission.
HOSPITALITY- Love anticipates, plans and creates space for others to occupy. in our relationship Jesus demonstrated hospitality leaving heaven entering the homes of the marginalized, boats of fishermen, and gathering places for the sick. Hospitality sacrifices our comfort to create physical and relational space for others.
DIVERSITY– We believe our inner circle of friends and our church as a whole should reflect God’s diverse family. Jesus modeled relational diversity in the disciples he chose and the places he went. At Impact Temple we believe that when Jesus is lifted up a diverse church will be drawn together.
SERVICE- Jesus took the very nature of a servant and he said that the greatest among you will be the servant of all (Mt 23:11). We are intent on serving and sharing our lives with those who are most vulnerable. Our goal is to serve our neighbors in the Temple community in two ways:
- Crisis Needs- Our goal is to respond to local crisis events affecting basic needs of individuals and families. We will network with other churches, agencies, businesses and government to care for our neighbors through emergencies.
- Chronic Needs- Our goal is to respond to the chronic needs of our community that require longer term solutions. We want our neighbors to have access to adequate employment, addiction recovery, quality education, safe neighborhoods, childcare, and mental health services.