On earth, as it is in heaven: love made visible
We envision a new generation of the church committed to a holistic expression of the Christian faith, motivated by a desire to fully live into the hope of reconciliation, wholeness, and restoration promised by the whole gospel. We gather people who are seeking healing from the trauma of a violent world, ministering to one another as they journey together in a brave space for dialogue, questioning, creating, and exploration, and seeking to be faithful followers of Jesus.
In partnership with Eastern University and other individual and institutional partners, ESA serves as a catalyzing agent for Christ's shalom via projects focused on cultural renewal, holistic ministry, political reflection and action, social justice and reconciliation, and creation care. Rather than a typical "think" tank, ESA is a "do" tank whose purpose is to mobilize movements for constructive social change:
- to invite everyone to embrace the whole-life (body, mind, heart) Gospel of Jesus Christ;
- to equip an intergenerational movement with the spiritual and intellectual tools to catalyze social flourishing at both a systemic and a personal level; and
- to mobilize followers of Jesus to pursue peace with justice and creativity and to build cooperative relationships marked by mutual respect, love, and a commitment to ongoing dialogue across deep differences.