We are a group of people who desire to honor God through loving each other well and pursuing ways to serve those around us. It is our hope that the Holy Spirit impacts each and every person who participates in the church by stirring their affections for Christ. Everyone is created in the image of God, but we as humans can tarnish what he created. We realize that God the Father has a plan for us to be the best version of us, but we must trust Him to convict and reveal to us how His truth applies in our lives. So we aim to improve what He created by allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us.
The good news of Jesus’ teaching is revealed through the Bible.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”
We realize there is no way to work our way into good standing with God. But God’s grace is freely attainable through the work, life, death and resurrection of Christ. This grace is a fundamental element of our church and our interactions.
As the lead teaching Pastor and head Elder, Pastor Josh aims to keep his people balanced in Spirit and truth as Christ encourages in John 4:23. He and his wife started Paupers in 2014 with the sole goal of sharing the love of God, showing the love of God and teaching the love of God through a new church in Portland Maine. Pastor Josh’s life experience plays an important role in helping care for the people at Paupers. He was a gifted business man for many years, while faithfully serving his church as a serving/lay leader from 2003-2012. The Phillips family has made it their goal to make a long term gospel investment in the city of Portland and the surrounding areas. He hopes this quote encourages you.
“I understand how hard faith is. I have personally made many decisions in my life that would not fall in line with holiness, but I have seen the grace of God powerfully impact my own heart and mind to transform me into a much more loving, caring and selfless person. I know choosing a pastor is a very important decision and I would welcome the chance to grab a coffee, dinner or a beer and discuss how the Lord is moving in your heart and what your hopes are. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about Paupers.”
Pastor Mike is a fellow Elder at Paupers and has been attending since 2016. Mike is originally from Woburn, MA and works outside the church in Real Estate and Commercial Development. We sometimes call him “Rain Man Mike” as you will soon find out, this dude drops more bible verses in one conversation than Pastor Josh might preach in an entire sermon (haha). But seriously, His love for people is best seen in how he encourages the people through the Word of God. Mike came to faith at Paupers as is someone who truly cares about other people and has consistently put himself last, to ensure others are built up in Christ.
Becky! Everyone loves her. As one member recently said, “Becky makes me feel so loved and safe. She really listens to what I have to say.” We couldn’t agree more. Becky helps lead the prayer ministry at Paupers. As leaders we feel prayer is the most important spiritual discipline as it leads to humility and the empowering of the Spirit to guide us, heal us and help us. Becky also runs all volunteer staffing. Becky is a true gift to the kingdom of God, but we are so blessed to have her as a part of our leadership team at Paupers. If your visiting Paupers, find Becky… you will be blessed.
The hope and vision for Paupers Chapel is to create a more intimate church gathering that feels more like a family and less like strangers gathering with a common interest. We use groups, meals, bible studies, coffees, game nights, Fire-Fridays and other things to foster those closer connections among people.
Paupers is focused on advancing your faith and love for the Lord. We realize that we are real people, serving a real God and therefore we keep a real focus on understanding the Word of God. Our church invites anyone searching for Christ. We are simple and we like it that way. Some Sundays we sing several songs and others we sing only a few and spend our time practicing some of the liturgies we find to be a blessing.
Some of the comments that we hear about Paupers, “this place is very raw” or “it just feels different here”. Isn’t that what church should be? A place where your heart and mind are opened to the love of God and sometimes there is now other adjectives to explain his love other than…”It’s different”. Our creed is “Experience Grace. Live by Faith. Anchored by Hope.” We hope you will prayerfully consider becoming a part of what God is doing at Paupers.
For questions about the church please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To reach our Lead Pastor Josh Phillips: email@example.com or 207.256.9156