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The District Church will be taking up a special Pentecost Offering to support our church planting efforts across the world. We are asking everyone to come prepared to make a gift above and beyond their normal giving. Our offering will go to support our partners starting churches in Montreal, Canada; Gaithersburg, MD; Jackson, MS; and Nairobi, Kenya.
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, also known as the birthday of the global Church. As we have been learning during our Filled series, the Holy Spirit is key to empowering Christians to live out God's mission. Pentecost comes from the Greek word meaning "fifty", and it marks 50 days after Easter. On Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Spirit came down on the followers of Jesus in Acts 2, catalyzing and empowering the believers to continue the mission of Jesus throughout the world, and birthing what we know as the Church.
Because Pentecost is the birthday of the global church, it's a great reminder for us as a congregation to invest in the beginnings or "plantings" of other churches. Church planting is also the best way to reach people who do not go to church. Newer churches are far more likely to be focused on the needs of their community and on reaching people who do not go to church. As a result, unchurched people are more than 6 times more likely to attend a church plant than they are an established church.
Just like people came around The District Church to help support us when we started, we want to help support other churches as they are getting started. It was so incredibly affirming to us when we were getting started to have other people believe in us. This is our chance to tell these churches that we believe in them! This is something we are committed to: being a church that plants churches.
Your donation will go towards helping these five churches (below). These partnerships have come about over the years through relationships and and mutual networks that we believe God has put together; and from our longest standing partnership with Common Ground to our newest partner Mavuno Church, our prayer is that God would strengthen the global church through your generous gift.
You can make your contribution online now. Or you can give Sunday, May 15th through Sunday May 22nd during any of our services.
City Church, Montreal, Canada - City Church is reaching the immigrant community of Montreal in a way few other churches have. Led by Chris and Yanci McGregor, their vision is to "lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus". They are a multi-racial, multi-national church filled with people from around the world and other parts of Canada.
Common Ground Church, Jackson, MS - This new church is led by Pastor John Perkins, who is the grandson of the civil rights leader Dr. John Perkins. Birthed out a need for a church in West Jackson, Mississippi, they are committed to raising up leaders and disciples and ministering to families in this under-resourced part of their city. They believe that "it's at the foot of the cross that we find Common Ground."
La Chapelle Church, Montreal, Canada - La Chapelle is doing an incredible job reaching French-speaking folks in Montreal. These are the sons and daughters of those who abandoned the oppressive forms of faith from 60+ years ago and are now returning to Christ in one of the most vibrant and life giving churches Montreal has seen in years. Led by David Pothier, they have the vision to empower their congregation to "be the example of Jesus Christ every day".
Mavuno Church, Nairobi, Kenya - Mavuno Church is in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya and has the mission of ‘Turning Ordinary People Into Fearless Influencers Of Society’. Led by Pastor Muriithi Wanjau, they have planted 9 campuses, including 5 international (Kampala, Uganda; Kigali, Rwanda; Lusaka, Zambia; Blantyre, Malawi; Berlin, Germany) in international capital cities and have the vision to plant a culture defining church in every capital city of Africa and the gateway cities of the world by 2035.
Restoration Church, Gaithersburg, MD - Restoration Church is led by Ed Choy, Rod Bender, and Bernard Doan, and will be officially launching in fall of 2016. They are committed to planting a multi-ethnic church in Gaithersburg that reaches the nations. Gaithersburg is the fastest growing city in Maryland and is one of the most diverse communities in the US. Their mission is to "join God in the restoration of all things."
Giving open until May 22nd.
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:17-18