WELCOME to EPIC CHURCH!!
Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastors
Logistics and CFO
Florence Worship Pastor
CAROL BETH DURBIN
eCOMMUNITY & NextGen Pastor
Graphics & NextGen Pastor
Maintenance & Grounds
We avoid preserving tradition at the expense of doing what is biblical, effective and efficient. Rather than run from culture, we have chosen to harness it in an effort to connect with people and show them God's timeless truths. We believe in placing emphasis on essential beliefs, while avoiding disunity caused by disagreements over issues that simply do not matter in eternity. At the heart of our beliefs is simply what Jesus refers to as the greatest of the commands......love God and love others (Matthew 22:34-40).
We believe a church should primarily be known for what it DOES, not just by what it believes and certainly not just by what it stands against. Beliefs become stagnant and useless if they are not translated into actions. We want Epic Church to be known by its love for God and its love for people. We want to be known for what we DO.
For that reason, in essential beliefs, we emphasize unity. There is one Body and one Spirit... there is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of us all. (Ephesians 4:4-6 NIV)
In nonessential beliefs, we exercise liberty. Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters...Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls...So then each of us will give an account of himself to God...So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. (Romans 14:1, 4, 12, 22 NIV)
In all matters, we exhibit grace. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV)
God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons... the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.
(Genesis 1:1, 26-27; 3:22; Psalm 90:2; Matthew 28:19; I Peter 1:2; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
About Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is God's Son and equal with the Father and Holy Spirit. The Son of God became a human and lived a sinless life. He was completely God and completely human at the same time. He offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. After three days in the grave, Jesus defeated sin and death by rising from the dead. He then ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to Earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
(Matthew 1:22-23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14-15; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:3-4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14-15; Titus 2:13)
About The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every follower of Jesus Christ from the moment of salvation. The Holy Spirit provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.
(John 14:16-17, 16:7-13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 1:13, 5:18)
People were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him, but became alienated from that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, we are totally incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by our own effort.
(Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1-2)
About The Bible
The Bible is the inspired word of God to us and is completely relevant to our daily lives. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error.
(2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
About The Church
The church is the body of Christ and Jesus Christ is the Head. All believers are members of the body of Christ, the one true church universal. Spiritual unity is to be expressed among Christians by acceptance and love of one another across ethnic, cultural, socio-economic, national, generational, gender, and denominational lines. The church is also a local body of baptized believers who gather for worship, prayer, instruction, encouragement, mutual accountability, and community with each other. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him and by making Him known to a lost world. The church should be known for its diligence to the greatest command (love for God and love for others) and its greatest commission (go into the world and make disciples).
(Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; 22:34-40; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-42, 47; 15:1-30; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; Colossians 1:18; Revelation 2-3)
Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works, only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment someone receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
(Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 14:6, Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Romans 5:1, 10:9-10)
About The Christian Life
Every Christian should live for Jesus Christ and not for himself. By obedience to God's Word and daily yielding to the Holy Spirit, every believer will mature and become conformed to the image of Christ. The Christian life is a journey that makes us more like Jesus Christ. Believers are to use their spiritual gifts to serve Jesus Christ and His church.
(Romans 8:1-39; 12:1-2; I Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 7:17; 12:1-31; Galatians 5:16-26; Ephesians 3:8-11, 21; 5:22-32)
People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
(John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15; 1 Corinthians 2:7-9)
Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ the new believer is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water by immersion. Baptism is an act of obedience and not a requirement for salvation. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).
We believe the Lord's Supper is a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (symbolic of the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11,12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; 1 Peter 4:10).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Baptism in the Holy Spirit brings empowerment to live an overcoming Christian life and to be an effective witness. The believer may experience the baptism of the Spirit as a separate and subsequent experience following conversion or as a gradual process in which the believer operates more fully under the guidance of the Spirit. All who accept Christ will receive the Holy Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).
Healing of the Sick
Healing of the sick is illustrated in the life and ministry of Jesus, and included in the commission of Jesus to His disciples. It is given as a sign, which is to follow believers. It is also a part of Jesus' work on the Cross and one of the gifts of the Spirit. (Psalm 103:2-3; Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 8:6-7; James 5:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28; Romans 11:29).
The Role of Women in Ministry
Women are vitally involved in ministry throughout the Bible, and appear in most ministry roles including that of teacher, pastor, and elder. Passages in which women are prohibited from ministering are exceptional cases dealing with specific cultural issues. (Judges 4:4; Acts 18:24-26; Romans 16:21; Galatians 3:28; 1 Timothy 3:8-13; 2 John 1)
Eternal Security of the Believer
All those who are truly born again will be kept by God's power and will persevere as believers until the death and will then go to be with Christ in Heaven. (John 6:38-40, 10:27-29; Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:3-14; Philippians 1:6; 1 Peter 1:5)
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; 1 Peter 1:4).
After living one life on Earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to hell where they will be eternally tormented with the devil and the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to Earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7).
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Who We Are
At Epic Church, we mean it when we say there are NO PERFECT PEOPLE ALLOWED. We truly want to be a place where ANYONE - no matter where they are on their life journey or what their life looks like - can come and feel warmth and love and acceptance. So our services are full of fun and laughter, basic truths straight from the Word of God, amazing music, and teaching that you can take into Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday......into real life, and into the world.
Our goal is to be a church known for what it DOES, not just for what it believes. And not just for its Sunday mornings. We want to get out there in our city and do two things... SERVE PEOPLE and BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with people so we can show them what God's kind of love looks and feels like. People need to see God lived out - not just hear about Him. Come join us wherever you are on your journey, and come knowing that we're on the journey, too!
If you have been at Epic for any amount of time, you know how passionate we are about people experiencing LIFE and living it to the fullest ! That's why we do everything we do! We will literally do anything short of sinning to reach someone for Christ, and over the last 6 years, we've seen God do so many unbelievable things through this church. It is an honor to be a part of this movement and to serve alongside the greatest volunteers on the planet!! We live in such an exciting time in the history of the world! Technology is changing the world as we know it! Imagine how effective the Apostle Paul would have been had he been able to utilize social media! How easy would it have been for Jesus' message to get out in today's world of 24/7 LIVE television! We live in a technological age and God is using technology to change lives every single day! Just look at iCampus!! We have people from all over the world that log onto the internet to watch our services every single week!!!
This past summer, we began using video teaching at our Florence campus and will use it at all our campuses. We hear reports every week from people who "love it," "think it's cool," and "forgot they were watching a video at all." The same things can be said for our Decatur campus, as each time we've utilized video teaching, the response has been amazing.
"Well....I don't like watching someone speak on a screen. Why not just speak live?"
We're so glad you asked!
Here are the reasons behind why we use video teaching at Epic Church:
1. SUSTAINABILITY OF THE SPEAKING PASTORS.
At Epic, we value Health over Growth in every way, including and especially with our staff and pastors. We place a HIGH priority on "Taking a Day Off" and "Taking Care of your Health and Family" for all of our team and leaders. Our Decatur campus has been in 5 services for longer than most of us can remember. The toll speaking that many services live takes on the human body is unbelievable. It is literally physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually draining.
Not to mention that our weekend services are not all our pastors do. During a typical week, our pastors are teaching, leading meetings, coaching other pastors, managing day-to-day operations of a very large organization, and so much more. It takes a lot of energy to lead and motivate the hundreds of volunteers that it takes to make Epic the place we know and love, keep a dozen staff inspired and trained, and influence other pastors and leaders across the country. Our leaders work hard not just on Saturdays and Sundays, but throughout the week as well.
In terms of speaking itself, science has actually proven that preaching a 40 minute message exudes the same amount of energy as a working a full 8 hour day. We do 5 weekly services, so since most work weeks consist of 5 work days at 8 hours per day (40 hours per week), imagine working your entire work week in a single day. How do you think you would feel the next morning?
We believe there is a better way to communicate messages at Epic Church without our pastors paying such a high price. And we do that by leveraging technology and video teaching.
2. VIDEO IS A TOOL GOD HAS GIVEN TO US TO USE FOR HIM.
We believe video teaching is a tool that can expand what we are capable of. In the last 50 years, video has changed the way Americans and the world receive information. With the invention of the television, people suddenly began receiving the majority of their information through a "virtual" person in their living room. I grew up watching my parents and grandparents huddle around the TV to watch a news anchor bring us the day's stories on the Evening News.
Today, with the advent of the Internet, computers and smart phones, receiving information and content through video is an expected norm. In fact, we prefer it. Video gives us the ability to see angles on things we otherwise couldn't see (think watching a football game from the stands or from your couch...) and be closer to communicators then we otherwise could be.
Of course the logic makes sense as it relates to our TV's or Videos on our computers, but what about "God's Spirit?" "Can God use a video speaker in the same way He does when the speaker up front is in-person?" Well...He used a donkey in the Bible, so it's pretty safe to say God can use whatever He wants to use to get His message to His people!
Thankfully, because our world is so video savvy, our minds have become accustomed to receiving from someone on a video screen. And to our spirit, there is no difference. Video is simply a medium of communication, just like paper and ink are, or an audio CD is. It's merely a platform for communication, and therefore a non-factor for the Spirit of God to flow through. God's Spirit is at work regardless of the medium, be it written, spoken, in-person, or by video. The Word of God is faithful, regardless of the medium!
3. IT PREPARES US FOR THE FUTURE.
A third reason we are using video teaching more and more at Epic Church is because it positions us for the future. The vision of Epic Church has always been to be one Church in multiple locations. We believe the most effective way to reach people in a community is by having an expression of God's Church in that community. Said another way, we believe the best way for people to be apart of the Life-Flow of a Church is not for them to have to drive 30 minutes or more to attend a program or service, but rather for the church to have a "campus" in their city or community.
Video teaching gives us the ability to do that. We truly can be 1 Church in Multiple Locations. Technology gives us the ability to be growing as a church family together, even though we may be living in different cities or communities across Alabama.
4. WE HAD A CHOICE TO MAKE.
The final reason we're using Video Teaching at Epic Church is because we've come to a crossroads. When our church began to explode and close to 2,000 people began to attend each weekend, we were running out of space. In that moment, we knew, as a leadership team, we had 2 choices:
First, stop adding services and creating more seats for people to attend.
Second, continue to add more services, create more space, and leverage video teaching to make it sustainable and scalable.
As we pondered that decision, we began to think about your story. We began thinking about the stories we were hearing of friends, family members, co-workers and classmates whose lives were being changed through Epic. The thought of not being able to create space for someone else's friend, or loved one to come and experience Jesus like that was not an option for us. We couldn't stand the thought of turning someone away, or worse yet, seeing a car pull on the parking lot and then drive off again, because they couldn't find a spot in our most popular service times (it happens just about every week).
If using Video Teaching is a method God has given us to continue to create more Epic Church environments where people's lives can be transformed then we will do it! People are worth it! Lost people are worth it! We didn't start Epic Church so we could turn people away, we started it so we could invite them in… into a relationship with Jesus Christ! And praise God, video teaching gives us the ability to do that.
We want to say thank you to so many of you who get this vision of this church. So many of you who give up your seat at the "most popular times" and serve week in and week out. So many of you who sacrifice, give, and leverage your talents, giftings, and abilities to make a difference in someone else's life.
And the good news is, it's working!! Let's keep doing everything we can to reach more people for Jesus Christ!!
For more information, contact Amy Potter - firstname.lastname@example.org
Our NextGen department here at Epic is made up of three experiences that will guide your child along on their journey with God. JOURNEY is our area designed for Birth through PreK. QUEST is our Elementary division (K-5). Epic Students accomodates Middle & High School students (6-12). We are excited about the next generation of our church, and are committed to the growth of your children & students!!