We’re a gospel-centered, intergenerational church
No matter where you’re at, you’ve probably discovered at times, life is hard. Relationships break down. We lose perspective. We wonder where we fit in this world. Does God really care?
One of the things we're convinced of is in spite of an unpredictable economy, changing politics, or the ups and downs of relationships, there is only one sure certainty in life.
Our Creator loves us. His character never changes. God’s heart for you, your family, this community and the world is focused on inviting people into an intimate relationship with Him.
We’re a gospel-centered, intergenerational church made up of people who come from all kinds of experiences, stories, and brokenness—but, we have embraced the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives.
We're a church defined
ENCOUNTER began under the name of Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura in 1953. From our humble roots in a living room, to our existing campus, our goal has always been to communicate and share the grace of God locally and globally.
We're committed to three essentials
We want to learn more about God and discover His purposes for our lives.
Statement of faith
We believe in one God, Creator of all things ...
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe man was created in the image of God ...
We believe man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore separated from God who is holy. From the beginning of history, God’s plan was to restore people to an eternal relationship with Himself through faith in Jesus Christ. As believers, we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. By His power, we are growing spiritually into the likeness and character of Christ.
We believe Scripture clearly teaches us that Jesus Christ ...
We believe Scripture clearly teaches us that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. His death on the cross paid the penalty for our sin, and His bodily resurrection from the dead clearly proved His power over sin and death.
We believe all of the Bible is the inspired Word of God ...
We believe all of the Bible is the inspired Word of God and without error in the original writings. It is God’s authoritative direction for our lives here and for eternity in His presence.
We believe Jesus Christ will return for all who have ...
We believe Jesus Christ will return for all who have placed their faith and eternal hope in Him. God’s plan will be fulfilled in the establishment of a new heaven and earth, and believers will be with Him for eternity. Those who reject His offer of salvation will be separated from Him forever.
We believe because of these truths, we who trust in Christ ...
We believe because of these truths, we who trust in Christ for our salvation are given the privilege of being His representatives to invite others to know Him personally by faith.