“Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me.”
Where We Came From
2015: Nathan and Julie Hoag began praying about planting a church in and for their neighborhood. Their lives were dis-integrated: work, play, church, family, etc. all seemed to in different placed with different people. They have spent most of their lives in the Denver area and have seen how quickly population density and commercial growth have contributed to the disintegration of their lives and the lives of those around them. They began to ask, “What if the church in Denver began to organize itself in a way that was conducive to this new reality in Denver? What if churches existed to serve and bless a neighborhood rather than hosting one main event that everyone drove from all over the place to attend?”
At the same time, TNL Church was having similar discussions and preparing to plant churches like the one the Hoags were longing for. In the summer of 2015, the Hoags resigned from their jobs and started dreaming and praying with TNL about when, where, and how to plant a parish church that took spiritual and social responsibility for a specific geography.
It was clear by the end of that year that Englewood, CO was the right place to start.
Early 2016: A group of 10-15 people began gathering with the Hoags on the north end of town to walk and pray around the neighborhood once a week. In addition to praying for God’s kingdom to come in Englewood as it is in heaven, they were praying for a home for the Hoags within a mile of the building where their church would meet.
On Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, The Sacred Grace Englewood hosted its first Worship Gathering at 3220 S. Acoma. On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, the Hoags moved into their new home only one block away from the church building.
2016-2022: God grew our church from our initial prayer group to a regular attendance of 75 adults on Sunday evenings and now to a church of 100 connecting weekly online or in person. God has used SGE to make a significant impact on the neighbors, schools, and government in Englewood.