We exist as a community of humble learners, who love Christ, and labor to engage the city with the gospel.
Engage is a new church plant in New York’s capital city of Albany. Our city is a ripe mission field where few people have a working knowledge of the Bible (see 2017 stats here) and fewer still know it’s Author. Against this backdrop, Engage is a community of light within the city.
We prayerfully come together to fulfill the following three duties within our unique cultural context:
Learn the Word in community [doctrine—head]
We are an unashamedly Bible-driven Church. Unless God speaks and reveals his will to us, we are prone to build things in our own distorted image. As such, we give the Word of God primacy at Engage. Additionally, God’s desire is for people to be in community and relationship with each other (Gen. 2:18, 1 Cor. 12:12-27). Our resolve is to engage in the life of the local church through reading God’s Word and entering into relationship with his people.
Love the Lord [doxology—heart]
While we place a strong emphasis on knowledge of God’s Word, knowledge without love amounts to nothing (1 Cor. 13:2). True knowledge of God results in a changed heart and changed life in which we respond to God in worship and seek to better love and serve those God puts near to us. Jesus summed up the entirety of the Old Testament as a command to love God and love our neighbors (Matt. 22:34-40). Our resolve is to stand firm on the truth that prior to Jesus’ intervening in our lives, we were hell-bound sinners in rebellion against him. We love him and others because he first loved us.
Labor as the hands and feet of Jesus [duty—hands]
Finally, while the first two objectives are primarily about our duty within the local church assembly, we believe that every Christian is to be sent out of the church gathering as a missionary. Jesus demands more than our Sunday attendance in worship. Our resolve is to live as missionaries in the city where we live, labor, and leisure by proclaiming the gospel in word and deed to our neighbors (Matt. 28:18-20, Col. 3:17).