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Over the last several years, we have been praying as a church about a set of what we’ve called God-Sized Dreams. These are things we believe God is calling us to but we don’t have the resources or people to make them happen. What this means practically is that we have been praying and looking for space that can facilitate as many of these dreams as possible; specifically, we have been looking for a ministry center space, not so much for Sunday mornings, but to base all of our work out of each week.
So I have some great news: this last week we were able to purchase an incredible property!
This property will serve as a ministry base and center for our multiplication efforts as a church! It’s located near the Brookland Metro in Northeast DC. It’s an old Catholic convent where Dominican sisters and then Jesuit priests lived and studied to train for ministry.
Now we are going to be able to use it in a similar way to house our ministries. We will be able to expand our District Fellows program to train people called to ministry, to house our foster care and adoption ministry DC127, and support many of our weekly activities with the church— small groups, classes, and ministry teams.
We will also be able to expand our counseling and soul care work. And it will even give us the space to dream about and birth new ministries, such as our response as a church to the affordable housing crisis in DC.
The building will have a chapel, which will be so helpful for many of our smaller gatherings. We do not intend to use it at this time as another parish location. We will continue to meet on Sundays at CHEC and Miner Elementary and continue to have small groups in homes, but this will significantly increase our ability to multiply ministry to meet the spiritual and social needs of our city.
The former owner is leasing the property back from us for the next several months and we will need to do some significant updates to the building, but we will be sharing more with you in the new year about how you can visit the property and be involved to help make this vision a reality!
When our church started, Jeremiah 29 was our commissioning text. The challenge for the exiles then was to seek the peace and prosperity of the city by building roots in the city. The challenge for us today is similar. We believe that in order to be a church for the city then we must invest in the city. Not just for a season, but for a lifetime. To build houses, to settle down, and plant gardens. That is what we believe we are doing.
To buy a piece of property in DC is nothing short of a miracle and I think it sends an important message to our city about our commitment to be here for the long haul.
I look forward to sharing more with you in the new year about how you can visit the property and be involved to help be a part of this next chapter in the life of our church. In the meantime, we give God the glory for the way he answers prayers!