Men and women are created in the image of God and are being transformed by Him into Christ’s likeness. We are His masterpiece, the crowning jewel of His creation.
The gatherings for Poiema or Imago are uniquely designed by, and for, women or men. Our hope is these provide a secondary opportunity to our Tribes for Bible study, prayer, encouragement, friendship and service to the communities around us.
Men, what does it mean to live a life that yields to God's calling and lordship over us? We believe that men are called to a high standard of action, ethics and character because we reflect Christ's leadership. By following Him faithfully, we are transformed into His Imago (image), we find satisfaction in our work, and we sacrificially serve those around us.
Discipleship & Operations Pastor
As men we believe God calls us to live our lives in a holy manner that brings glory to Him in all that we do (1 Corinthians 10:31). That is a heavy load to carry. But He has not called us to live that life alone. God has blessed us with a great gift called brotherhood. Brotherhood goes beyond the few hours we may spend together on Sunday mornings and ushers us into a Christ-led community where we work together and lean on one another.
The good news is that this godly brotherhood is not elusive. It exists today and we can have it. We truly believe that we belong to Jesus, therefore we belong to each other. So, we invite us all to unite as brothers as we go through life together so we can grow and follow Christ more faithfully as it pertains to being men, husbands, workers, brothers, students, fathers, sons, etc.
I hope that you join us as we walk in life as Christ would want us to, together.
Ladies, what does it mean to be the signature work of God's creative act? We believe that women are designed to be bold and beautiful, filled with strength and dignity because of their identity in Jesus Christ. By abiding in Him abundantly, we are transformed into His Poiema (masterpiece), we enjoy a fulfilled life, and we steadfastly serve those around us.
There are many ways we can pursue growth in our faiths. Many are very trendy and some may even be a bit odd, but there are a few tried and true ways God commends us to pursue Him. The gathering together of believers to chase hard after Him is one such way. In community, we rejoice together in God’s work in each other’s lives, we struggle through His Word together, we pray through burdens for each other, we teach each other as we ourselves learn. Poiema is one of those ways at Terra Nova where we can, as women, come together in unique ways to pursue Christ. From the annual retreats and worship nights to book studies and hikes, this group reflects the special women in our church family; women who are called “God’s masterpiece” in Ephesians 2:10. So beloved women, come with your hearts heavy or light, come with smiles on your faces or with the burdens of life on your shoulders, come with bucketfuls of faith or with suffocating doubt. Your God knows you, sees you, and loves you desperately. Let’s know & love Him better, together.
My hope is that Poiema at Terra North Adams would empower women within the church to be who God has created them to be, as well as to inspire and equip them to serve their community and church body - all while being united in sisterhood.
The men's retreat means so much to me because it allows me to slow down. To be able to have the quiet and solitude to seek God in a setting created by the almighty. It also allows me to connect and reconnect with men that I don't see on a regular basis. Proverbs 27:17
The retreat for me has been a time to get to know my sisters in our church in a relaxed environment as well as a time to solely focus on the Lord. I'm very thankful for this time.