What we value
Hi, my name is Ryan Bradley
I have been a pastor for 16 years now, and there is one thing that I have grown to desire above all else in life – encounter with the Kingdom of God! After watching my son battle leukemia three times over, and contracting a severe form of meningitis during one of those battles, the Kingdom of God is no longer something I just wait for when I cross from death to life. It’s now something I crave to give me life here and now!
What we envision
We have a simple vision that we are really passionate about. To encounter as much of the mystery of the Kingdom of God, the empowering presence of the Spirit of God, and oneness with Jesus as we possibly can in this life, until it is perfected in life to come.
Where we are going
In spring of 2018, my father (also a pastor for 40+ years) and I talked about doing ministry together again. I shared my desire to see our spiritual life and the living word of God come alive in us…to see people be changed more and more into the image of Christ. Let’s move beyond consumer Christianity and experience the Spirit of God in worship so dynamically that it leaves people saying, “surely God is among them!”
For this reason, we felt called as a father and son to launch Encountering Ministries. We don’t claim to have all the answers to this experience, nor will we manufacture it for effect…but we are people who believe it is available, who have experienced it in our lives, and who want to encounter it together with others. Just come with an open mind and believe that you can leave changed in some way. That’s our approach as pastors...we look forward to being changed from encounter too!
What our structure is
Our ministry structure is simple. We have no formal membership roles, but rather develop and encourage home groups throughout all areas to have an adventure together in faith. We use our online worship as a tool to enhance relationships and application rather than detract from them. Each service broadcasts at 10am on Sunday mornings, and will remain on our website for the week (and YouTube channel indefinitely), so small groups can watch it together or glimpse parts of it they want to focus on in their practical discussion. At the end of each broadcast, there is a devotional application piece to help kickstart discussion for small groups, friends, and families who want to run deeper into the message and reinforce application for life. Ironically, we are using modern technology to create an atmosphere of church that looks more like the ancient expression of it in scripture! One less defined by programs and buildings, and more of a movement of people who have begun to join together because they feel a common bond in the Spirit of God. Most importantly, it will produce new life in us…and we are hungry for it!
If you would like to touch base with us, contact us and let us know what resonates with you. We absolutely love hearing stories of divine encounter and the many ways you experience God. Thanks for checking out our ministry, and be sure to watch the opening series on the first 5 visionary sermons below!
We hope you are blessed by it,