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- Mailing Address: 1616 7th St, NW, Washington DC, 20001
Impact DC is an initiative the The District Church launched in March 2017 centered around expanding our ministry footprint for a greater impact in our city. We had a huge answer to prayer in being able to purchase a building that we will renovate to create a ministry center to expand our current community efforts and launch new ones. This building is in the Brookland neighborhood of DC and will serve as the ministry base for our multiplication efforts.
Once renovated, this ministry center will serve as the following:
Pray. Ask that we, as a church, become more dependent on God and pray for God to reveal how he is leading you to be a part of this initiative.
Give. Play a part in our vision by making a donation on or before Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Pledge. Invest in Impact DC by making a financial commitment to give over the next 12 months to this initiative above and beyond your regular giving to the church.
We believe God is calling us to be a multiplying church that continues to grow the number of disciples, leaders, parishes, and urban ministries. We are always praying about and looking for leaders who will help us be a part of the next District Church parish location. This new ministry center will give us
Too often we get stuck in our discipleship journey of following Jesus because of our past or present struggles. We desire every person who comes in contact with our ministry to experience the freedom that comes from Christ. This new ministry center will give us the space to start a counseling center, recovery gatherings, and more support groups.
We believe we have a unique calling as a church to focus on developing leaders who are called to local church and city-reaching ministry. This facility was originally built as a 22-room dormitory in 1940 for Dominican Sisters and then Jesuit Priests who were studying for pastoral care. Impact DC will enable us to have a place to grow our District Fellows program by providing an excellent space to train and equip them for their calling as they serve with our church. District Fellows is a one-year ministry intensive designed to equip the next generation of church leaders.
We will be tithing the first 10% of what we raise through Impact DC to support development and programming for our new ministries. Think – venture capital fund for justice! One of the works we believe God is calling us to start is an affordable housing ministry to help care for the 76,000+ people in our city on a waitlist for housing. We want to set aside seed funding to help start the development and programming of new justice ministries.
Q. How much have we already raised?
A. We have raised $1.4 million in the first year with another $350,000 that is pledged over the final year. We are hoping to raise an additional $300,000 over this next year to cover our costs and position us well for the opening of this new center.
Q. When does fundraising start?
A. We shared the vision of Impact DC last Spring and people made their first gift and pledge on Commitment Sunday on April 2, 2017. We are inviting people who have made The District Church their home over this last year to join us in the final 12 months of this campaign by giving a first gift and pledge by Easter April 1, 2018.
Q. Why do we need to renovate?
A. This building was built in 1940 so there are many things we need to do to bring the building up to code for safety and accessibility purposes. In addition, all of the HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems have already reached beyond their life expectancy and need to be replaced.
Q. What if my financial situation changes?
A. We understand that unforeseen life changes happen. We encourage people to give based on current financial situation, and make adjustments as they are led by God.
Q. Will the church continue to drive other giving initiatives (i.e. Advent) or will those take a backseat to Impact DC?
A. We will continue our tradition of giving to our Advent Offering and Pentecost Offering, like we do every December and May, as well as giving opportunities to help with specific needs beyond the walls of our church.
Q. Are we starting a new parish in Brookland?
A. We will undoubtedly have new opportunities to minister to the Brookland neighborhood given this new space which we are excited about. However, the purpose of this ministry center is not to plant a parish in Brookland at this point.
Q. Does this new ministry center divert from our church's original vision of meeting in schools and homes?
A. We are still committed to meeting in schools on Sundays and in homes for small groups. This ministry center will help us free up more resources to do the work that God has always called us to do in the city.
Q. How will we pay for the new ministries?
A. Start up funds for a new justice ministry will be paid for through the first 10% given to Impact DC. The other ministries will be paid for through our general operating fund and through Impact DC gifts that are above our $1.7 million goal.