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
Men of Terra Nova,
I am glad you are a part of this community, because to live out Biblical manhood takes being in community with others on this same journey. God doesn’t call us to be men in isolation, like John Wayne. In Imago, we aim to behold Jesus and the image of God in each other to better understand what it means to be men, and to grow as husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, and friends. I look forward to our time serving together, recreating together, and spurring each other on to love and good works. Also, I strongly encourage you to join us on our annual retreat where we unplug to seek God, community and then be able to reengage back at home and work with more satisfaction in our work.
I believe that as each of you takes it upon himself to fight for the godliness and joy of the men around you, we will experience what God intended brotherhood to truly be – and the world will take notice (John 13:35). Please join us as we live out God’s truth and grace as men.
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.
Ladies of Terra Nova,
I remember the first Poiema event that I attended years ago… I was nervous about going – I envisioned knitting circles, doilies, and strong perfume. I was expecting long speeches about casserole recipes, how to organize my Tupperware cupboard, and best ways to do all things stereotypical of church ladies. Thankfully, none of my fears were realized! I met other women from all walks of life who were longing to know more of Jesus. I encountered teaching that was full of Scripture and real examples of how knowing Jesus sustains us in our varied lives. I heard their unedited and messy stories; their shared struggles, their fears, and ultimately their hope that Jesus truly is the answer. That is the whole point of this ministry, and I hope you will come out to the events we have throughout the year, and I hope you will consider retreating with us! Overall, I hope that you can experience the life-changing grace of knowing and loving other Christian women and embracing this beautifully flawed thing called community.
[Lea will be taking a maternity leave until August, click here to find other ways for women to receive spiritual care and for other details.]