THE SPIRITUAL CLIMATE OF SEATTLE is very raw, coarse, and earthy. There are those who would claim to be spiritual, but this idea would be very far from the teachings of Christianity. For most Seattleites, Sunday is not referred to as the Lord’s Day. This is shown statistically by the 96% of Seattleites who do not attend a church on Sundays.
Seattle is unique to many other American cities because there has never been a spiritual awakening. The city has never been “Christianized” as some major cities have been in the past. Generations of Seattleites have grown up without the concept of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, or even seeing a need for one.
Essential Church is committed to magnifying Christ and multiplying His kingdom. We believe our task is to lift up Jesus and let the multitudes come to him. Our goal is not to try to forcibly convert or convince. We simply want to have gospel conversations with the lost and allow the Holy Spirit to work.
The Lord is at work in Seattle. At Essential Church we are seeing people come to Christ and disciples being made. Our great shepherd Jesus is finding the lost. Not only is Essential Church growing numerically, but also in maturity. Attenders are becoming members, and members are becoming meaningfully involved in the life of the church. Relationships with organizations and groups are being formed and strengthened each day. In order to reach this city we know we need a united front of believers. We truly hope to see our church and like-minded churches around us reach this area.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to be part of a movement where people show what it means to live a life surrendered to Christ to a city that has never seen such a thing?
The Seattle Residency is designed to meet the needs of its residents for Christian community, discipleship, and ministry experience. The goal is for each resident to leave the program with a better understanding of the Gospel and church leadership than when they started.
The day-to-day life as a resident in Seattle could be tailored for each resident’s skillset and area of passion. We work with you in the planning stages of the Residency to place you in a high-volume leadership role in a ministry within the church. One of our current residents is the primary director of our college ministry, for instance. Another is responsible for connections, meeting with new church attenders and helping them get assimilated into an Essential Church ministry that fits them. We recognize that God has gifted everyone differently, and we want you to gain valuable experience in a place that fits you.
We have no official church office, so that gives us the opportunity to work in public places like coffee shops, where conversations with non-believers can come up naturally and consistently. When the vast majority of people around you are either unaware or opposed to the Gospel, opportunity for evangelism is everywhere.
The impact of the Generation LINK Residency in Seattle is huge. Due to Seattle’s harsh religious climate, the number of believers who are available and ready to commit their whole schedule to ministry is very small. Whether you are funded on ministry support or have a part time job, you’ll be dedicating the majority of your time to engaging non-believers through Essential Church’s outreach programs and/or through the valuable relationships you’ll make with those around you who don’t know Christ.
Essential Church has existed for 6 years now, and each summer we’ve had a fantastic Summer LINK team here to help with our biggest and most ambitious ministry events of the year. The harvest is plentiful in Seattle and God has been gracious to provide us with laborers who are passionate about the Gospel and serving in the Northwest. The impact of Summer LINK is immeasurable, in that the church would not be able to reach near the number of non-believers each summer that they do without Summer LINK.
Summer LINK is designed to give participants a taste of what full time ministry looks like in Seattle. Over the course of the summer, you’ll be given opportunity to lead as well as follow in Essential Church’s efforts to love and serve our community in the name of Jesus. You’ll also be discipled by members and staff within Essential Church, and will experience community with fellow believers. You’ll be treated like regular staff, with Sunday morning duties and attendance at staff meetings. It is truly a glimpse of what it looks like to do ministry full time in the Pacific Northwest.