About Us

At The Aroma, we want to let you know that Jesus loves you!  Our goal is to be the Aroma of Christ, so that you’ll know that God loves you.

We have church services, small groups, prayer meetings and outreaches throughout the week.  You’re welcome to join any of our events!  If you have any questions, please contact one of our leaders.

Church Service Information:
16:30 = First Service*
19:00 = Second Service

Church is hosted on the second floor of The Aroma Coffee Shop (No. 205, Hanzhong St, Taipei, TW 108)

*Children’s Church only available during first service.

Deepen Your Relationship with God

“Equipping people to experience God’s Presence through worship and truth.”

The Personal Growth Area is committed to helping people become The Aroma of Christ by experiencing God’s Presence through worship and truth. We desire to give people a space to know what it means to follow Jesus as they abide in His presence. This happens as we meet corporately together during Sunday services, and grow in our personal spiritual lives through prayer, Scripture, and worship. The Personal Growth Area is committed to provide community times of worship and Spiritual teaching as well as equipping people to grow in their own personal spiritual lives.

Experience the Body of Christ

“Going deep with God; Going deep with people.”

The Community Growth Department includes small groups and discipleship training. We strive to create to stay true to our vision of going deep with God and other people by providing opportunities for people to read scripture and pray together- growing closer to God and one another.

We have English, Chinese, and Bilingual Small Groups. If you are interested in joining a small group or being discipled, please contact Cloud.

Live on Mission

“Going to the world to share the love of God by faith in Christ.”

Missional Growth is an area where we are spreading the Aroma of Christ by faith. We want to train disciples and raise up leaders to go out from the church to plant seeds in people’s hearts. We want to encounter God’s never falling love by walking among the people who are poor in the spirits to show them the light and the truth from the Kingdom with our faith and the Holy Spirit.

The Missional Growth Area includes activities like Action for Jesus, an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community, and Coffee Talk, a English class hosted in the Coffee Shop every Friday evening. Come join us on Mission!

OUR FINANCES

We want to be open, honest and transparent about church finances at Aroma.
This section is for information about Aroma’s belief’s about giving, vision, needs, and reporting.

We believe it’s important for the church to know some specific ways in which we desire to spend the money God provides for us through you. In addition to following out the vision of Aroma, we trust that God will lead us faithfully as we allocate church resources to help in some of the following ways:

  •  Assisting poeple in need in our community.
  • Facilitating community growth.
  • Supporting the national Christian and Missionary Alliance church (TACU) as they support and expand to reach more people in Taiwan and beyond.

 As these needs are met, we will be sharing with the church on a monthly and quarterly basis.

As The Aroma learns about the Kingdom value of living generously, we believe our church finances will come in line with a budget that looks similar to the charts outlined below.  Currently (as of April 2015), we have average attendance of about 50 people. If each of those people tithed an average starting income in Taiwan ($30,000), we would have about $150,000NT per month.  Our current average is around $70,000 per month. As such, we spend the money like this:

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The Bible talks about money more than a lot of other things (here’s a PDF). We believe it’s important to start with a solid foundation of understanding why giving is so important to God. Here are a few verses to get you started.

  •  God isn’t poor (Psalm 50:10)
  • God is generous (Philippians 4:19)
  • God promises to provide for us (Matthew 6:33)
  • The idea of tithing, or giving 10%, is in the Old and New Testament (Malachi 3:8-12, Luke 18:12, Hebrews 7:1-10)
  • More than a 10% rule, God invites us to be generous “beyond our means” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4)

At The Aroma Church, our desire is to utilize strategies like Business as Mission to help people to know God’s love in a safe way (through relationships) while also being good stewards of the resources God has given us.  Our desire is to be “The Aroma” (2 Corinthians 2:15) as we grow personally, grow in community, and grow on mission. Specifically, this means the following:

  • We will provide spaces for large and small groups to meet to discuss God, His Word, and encounter Him.
  • We will provide opportunities to access intimate community and grow together.
  • We will provide chances for people to receive training, equipping, and preparation to serve Jesus intentionally beyond the four walls of the church.
  • We will raise up leaders to go out.
  • We will plant new churches using Business as Mission models.

We envision thousands of people meeting Jesus through the ministries of The Aroma.

Prayer @ The Aroma!

Prayer is just as simple as conversing with God. And it’s just as powerful and transformative as you’d imagine conversing with the Almighty God is. At Aroma, we emphasize the importance of a prayer life that is rooted in personal prayer, prayer as a community, and prayer that influences the mission that the Lord has called us to. Andrew Murray says, “We must begin to believe that God, in the mystery of prayer, has entrusted us with a force that can move the Heavenly world, and can bring its power down to earth.” We hope Aroma Church can be a place where you learn about prayer, participate in prayer and see the results of prayer on a daily basis. For more information, or to request prayer, please email us.

Our Leaders

Meet some of the amazing people who work at The Aroma Church.

Chris moved to Taiwan with his wife, Jamie, in 2008 after graduating from Crown College. Chris is Lead Pastor of Aroma Church, the owner of Aroma Coffee, and the Site Coordinator for Envision: Taiwan. Chris is passionate about God’s Kingdom coming to Earth in every realm of society. Three of his favorite hobbies are running, reading and creating music. A quick way to Chris’ heart is through buying him a sea salt caramel latte from Aroma. Chris and Jamie have two children, Enoch and Noah.

Email Chris

Cloud Shih (施奕君) is responsible for the Community Growth department at The Aroma Church. In addition to this, he also participates in group leadership, preaches the occasional sermon, and serves on the translation teams. He is a first generation Christian, and was baptized on July 28, 2012. After a number of years of serving in the church, Cloud received an invitation from Pastor Chris to become a full-time leader in the church. Cloud quit his original job to devote more time to the church. His passion is to share Jesus’ love and his life experiences. He likes to watch movies, enjoy food, and play video games with friends in his free time.

Email Cloud

Emmi Hanus recently moved to Taiwan after graduating from Carroll University in Wisconsin. Emmi is passionate about people coming to Christ, and helping them grow deeper in their relationship with God. At Aroma, Emmi serves as the Small Groups Coordinator, among many other roles. In her free time, Emmi likes to read, ride her bike, and go hiking around beautiful Taiwan!

Email Emmi

Renee and Louis are responsible for leading the logistics team at The Aroma Church, which includes venue setup, multimedia, church hospitality, and church maintenance. Renee is also a member of the translation team. Renee first came into contact with Christianity when she was studying in the UK. After Renee returned home, she introduced Louis to Jesus and The Aroma and he was soon baptized. Soon after that, they got married. Since then, Louis and Renee have been very active in serving the Church. They always serve God together, because they want to demonstrate, through their ministry, the power of a family dedicated to the work of God with the goal of inspiring redemption in other Taiwanese familial relationships and bringing the culture of Heaven to Earth.

Email Louis & Renee

Sarah Mabee moved to Taiwan from The USA in 2009 to work with Envision. She is passionate about seeing people come to Christ and young believers grow in their faith to become leaders in the church. Sarah is the Personal Growth Director at The Aroma Church. She works to ensure that Sunday services are run smoothly and are God-focused.

Email Sarah

As Missional Growth Area Leader, Mark Cheng supports and trains church people to go out into Ximen and Taiwan so we can spread the gospel and God’s unfailing love to the poor in spirit. Mark is from Taiwan and has also lived in a number of countries around the world for a few years. Mark has encountered God by serving with many people though missions work in different countries. He is here to unify people from all over to serve God’s kingdom and encounter God’s unfailing love together. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee with friends.

Email Mark

Hi! My name is Alexa! I am responsible for leading the worship team in both large and small group settings. Five years ago (2012) I joined the worship team, mainly because of my strong desire to gain a more intimate relationship with God. In those five years of being on the worship team, the call to musical worship became more and more clear to me. Consequently, two years ago I studied at a worship school to prepare myself for a more active role in worship ministry.

I really look up the worship leaders, Chris Quilala and Misty Edwards. So, when I have free time, you will often find me on YouTube or the iTunes Store listening to their’s and other’s music, or worshiping with a guitar, piano, or drum. I pray for many opportunities to share what I have learned at worship school and through my past expereinces worshiping God. If you have any questions related to The Aroma’s worship team, please do not hesitate to ask!

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Jessica Lu joined The Aroma Church in Summer 2015. With an MA in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Jessica works as a freelance translator/interpreter, and teaches at various universities and government agencies. As the leader of the church’s Translation and Interpretation Department, it is Jessica’s desire to see the truth of God transcend language and cultural barriers, and touch the hearts of those who seek Him. She is committed to equip the team with the knowledge and skills needed to serve as a medium to spread God’s word.