Imago Dei Community is a non-denominational church in SE Portland, 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.
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, 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?
In the past 16 years the membership has grown to well over 2000 people. As Imago Dei has grown, so has the need to remain rooted in confession, prayer and repentance. 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.