You may have noticed our old logo. It uses the idea of 4EC as a reminder. 4EC represents a number of ideas. You can see it is made up of a number, two letters and two words. Each has a meaning that reflects who we are and what we believe God wants to accomplish through us.
The number 4 is not just a number. For us it represents a willingness to be for God and what He wants for His world. In Philippians 4: 8-9 Paul reminds us to fix our thoughts on the things that are true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. In order for us to make a difference in our world we need to be different than this world.
The two letters in our logo provide insight into God’s purpose and plan for our lives. We are for encouraging people to discover the teachings of Jesus. We are for equipping learners who have a teachable spirit. We are for empowering people to make a difference in their communities. We are for engaging people in active service to others. The “E” represents our desire to put into practice the teachings of Jesus.
The second letter “C” represents the reason we have life and have it abundantly. We are for Christ, community, character building, caring leadership and creativity. Our example for living our lives is Jesus.
The two words in our logo give us our handle. The first word “OIKOS” is often translated from the Greek as “households”. We think of ourselves as “households of faith”. The word “OIKOS” is a way for us to remember God’s commission to make disciples (Matthew 28: 18-20).
The second word “ministries” is a reminder of Jesus’ teaching on the greatest commandment. As His family we are commanded to love God and to love others (Matthew 22: 36-40).
To make disciple makers (DMM) who prayerfully begin intentional, relational and missional “friendship networks” (CPM) of “simple churches” by providing encouragement, equipping, empowerment and engagement of disciples in active ministry.