Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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.