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Years ago, Imago Dei and a few other churches came to the end of Advent feeling that stress and consumerism had overtaken worship and celebration. They began to explore how they might recenter approaching Christ and anticipating His coming during this season. Advent Conspiracy invites us into a different experience of Advent and Christmas than that of the cultural norm, shifting our focus from consumer spending back to the coming of Christ. We practice this as a community through four tenets:
Spend Less – Conserve some of the resources we could spend on material gifts and instead use them to make a bigger impact by giving to someone in need or making memories with the ones we love.
Give More – Celebrate one another by replacing material gifts with deeper, relational expressions of care and generosity, such as quality time, homemade gifts and acts of service.
Love All – Christmas is a chance to love others as Jesus has loved us. We’ve been able to share the resources we saved with those who are hurting in our city and across the world.
Worship Fully – All this starts and ends with Jesus. This is the season in which we are called to put down our burdens and joyfully lift praise up to our Savior.
Explore the many ways to celebrate and participate at Imago Dei this season…
Take a tag from one of the trees in our church lobby and prepare a gift for a foster child, a houseless neighbor or a refugee family.
Pick one up one of these kits, designed to help guardians experience Advent intentionally with their children, Sundays in the gym at Central City Campus.
Borrow a copy of the Advent Conspiracy book co-authored by Rick McKinley from Imago Dei on Sundays.