We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins.
If you would like to talk to a pastor about following Jesus, or if you’re a new Christian looking for some next steps, contact Pastor Ben Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about what we believe on our Beliefs page.
Imago Dei (Latin for “Image of God”) began in 2000 when Rick McKinley came to Portland, OR, on mission with his wife Jeanne and their four children. Recognizing that creativity and justice were expressions of God already widely celebrated within the culture, Rick and the other founding members embraced and supported Portland’s burgeoning indie art scene and social justice sector, building a creative and activating experience of worship.
Rather than building a community on methods (seeking to assert HOW Imago Dei would go about loving and serving and growing), Rick and the founding members strove to build a community on an open, communal, and prayerful study of the Scriptures—so that the actual people forming Imago Dei would know God’s answers to WHY—why study Scripture, why pay intimate attention to God, why practice community, why preach the gospel, why love the world?
Since it’s founding, the congregation has grown to well over 2,000 people, and in 2014, Imago Dei’s second congregation, Eastside Gathering, began.
Imago Dei Community is a non-denominational church, striving to live out the Biblical command to love God, each other and our neighbors well. This means worshipping and following Jesus Christ not only through our words, but also through the lives we lead.
We strive to avoid religiosity, attempting to live honestly before the real and living God—constantly engaging with and committing fully to worshipping God, in and through everything.
Imago Dei Community is one church with two congregations: Central City and Eastside Gathering.
In the fall of 2014, several of Imago Dei’s pastors, many of whom live in Eastside neighborhoods, felt called to plant a congregation to reflect and collaborate with what God is already doing in these communities. Eric Knox, who joined Imago Dei as an associate pastor in 2013 to serve as community, diversity and equity coordinator, is the campus pastor of Eastside Gathering.
Central City was originally founded as simply “Imago Dei Community” by Pastor Rick McKinley in the year 2000. When we launched our second congregation, Eastside Gathering, we dubbed the original location “Central City” to better reflect the structure of Imago Dei as a whole. Ben Thomas serves as interim campus pastor of Central City.
While Sunday morning worship is important, if that’s your only involvement with church, it’ll be difficult (okay, impossible) to become connected to our community in a meaningful way.
In the fall of 2018, we imagined how Imago Dei could practice our faith in a way that would change us, bless our city and resist the assimilating powers of our culture. We call it “covenant community.”
Covenant community is the place within Imago Dei where believers express their unity in Jesus and live out their faith together. More than formal church membership, covenant community is the outward expression of the inward reality that if you are in Christ, you belong to His people. We express this relationship to each other by uniting our hearts in worship, serving each other and the world, practicing our faith together in ways that build up the body of Christ and prophetically bearing witness against the false beliefs and false gods of our culture.
Imago Dei is an elder-led church. See a list of our elders.
Yes! To get in touch with a particular pastor, it is often best to contact their department’s administrative assistant. All staff contact info is available on our Staff page.
We also have a pastor or ministry director on-call during our office hours (Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm) for emergencies. To access the pastor on call, contact our office at 503-231-5096.