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Feb
27

Leadership Clusters | Intro

Feb 27, 2017

Steve King

       Part 1 - Introduction ​Video   Are you longing for a safe place in your area to experience on-going encouragement, equipping and motivation for ministry with other pastors and ministry leaders? Our calling as pastors is sacred and we need this from those walking in the same shoes to thrive in life and ministry.   Listen to the heart of Pastor Bobby Manning who was responding to peoples’ comments on social media: “Some of y'all come for pastors on social media like y'all know what this job is like. As if our job is as easy as it looks. As if anyone could do this. You will never know what it's like to be accountable to God for the well-being of people's souls. You will never know what... Read more

Nov
09

The Pain & Joy Of Planting

Nov 9, 2016

John McGowan

This past Sunday we took an exciting step at Restoration City Church – I did my best to get a bunch of people to leave!  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve unintentionally gotten plenty of people to leave our church since we were planted two years ago.  But this wasn’t about bad jokes or unintentionally offensive comments in the sermon.  This was about asking our congregation to buy into the vision of helping plant Grace Hill Church in Herndon, VA next year.  I’ll be honest, asking people to leave our church is one of the best and hardest things I’ve ever done as a pastor. It’s a really big deal for us as a church to be a part of gospel multiplication here in the DC area and that’s what church... Read more

Nov
03

Millennials and the Church: Love them or Lose them

Nov 3, 2016

Jeremy White

Much has been made about the relationship between young adults, particularly millennials and the church today. I’ve spoken with many pastors and church leaders who have confessed they really don’t understand how to reach out to this demographic. Within the American Christian Church, we are witnessing a decline in church attendance nationally which is no coincidence.  According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of citizens claiming the Christian faith has dropped from nearly 80 percent to 70 percent since 2007. Much of this drop can be attributed to millennials as slightly over one-quarter of this group is half as likely to attend religious services on a weekly basis as are their... Read more

Oct
11

Sex Trafficking in Northern Virginia is very close to home

Oct 11, 2016

Chelsey Trevino

How is it possible there are sex trafficking victims in our community? After all, we are more than blessed, and it doesn’t seem to compute that sex trafficking could be happening in our area. This largely underground crime has infiltrated our cities, and for the most part we are blind to it. Not because we don’t care, but because we don’t have a trained eye and the tools to make a change. Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (novahti.com) is changing that. Through four main avenues of awareness, advocacy, prayer and victim services, we are starting to see the tide of sexual exploitation change. We are honored to work with victims who turn into survivors and walk along side of them... Read more

Sep
01

Jesus’ Priestly Prayer: Obeying It, Praying It

Sep 1, 2016

Tom White

Our global mix of cultures, cities and nation-states is more desperate than ever to witness a socio-spiritual community where people of diverse ethnic, economic and generational profiles live and work together in some measure of harmony. At present, religious extremism, ideological polarization, and overt violence are at troubling levels. A prophetic word from Isaiah seems to capture the situation, and offer a challenge to the Body of Christ: “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light…” (Is 60:2, 3).   Man’s extremities bring opportunities for God’s people to “rise and... Read more

Aug
29

Building Youth Resilience: A challenge to our communities

Aug 29, 2016

Howie Levin

A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice; Behold, the former things have come to pass; now I declare new things. Isaiah 42:3, 9 Too many of our youth are losing hope. We observe a growing list of symptoms. They are engaging in risky behaviors that too often lead to drug overdoses, suicides and other devastating outcomes. Hopelessness affects the affluent as well as the lives shaped by poverty. It has no racial or ethnic boundaries. It can occur in families of high function or dysfunction and in those intellectually gifted or those struggling with learning challenges. “One quarter of kids, when they become high... Read more

Jul
23

Demonstrating the Love of Christ across the DMV

Jul 23, 2016

Rob Peabody

On July 16, 2016, tens of thousands of people gathered for Together 2016 at the National Mall in Washington, DC to worship and be commissioned as a unified church to be Jesus to their country and the world. The day was filled with renowned speakers and artists from Francis Chan and Louie Giglio to Lecrae and Hillsong United. It is under this backdrop that Awaken My City launched as the premiere tool for non-profits and churches to organize and mobilize their people to serve.  Over 30 organizations received volunteers to help meet their daily needs. These included the National Parks Service, Capital Area Food Bank and World Vision through a special project hosted by a local church to pack... Read more

Jun
28

Praying continuously on the will of God

Jun 28, 2016

Howie Levin

There was a time in my early years when I perceived God as a hovering surveillance camera in the sky. In a good way, he was a deterrent to my poor behavior and the moral compass of my conscience. As a Jew, I saw God as all powerful, having created the heavens and earth. He was a stickler for rules and a potential rewarder of good performance. I later learned that I had it all wrong. God was so much more and I could know him and his will! Talking with God (praying) was limited to me trying to justify my sins, my unjustifiable thoughts and behaviors, and asking for stuff. Any prayers I prayed of awe and praise were not my own, but rote recitation of words of others prepared way back in... Read more

Apr
22

CityServeDC - Collaboration to Bless the DMV

Apr 22, 2016

Jill Carmichael

CityServeDC is seeking to equip and empower people to serve with Kingdom purpose in our community. In order to do that we strive to create a partnership between churches, nonprofits, businesses, and the government. Knowing that alone we are just a drop in the bucket of solutions to the needs in our community but together we can rebuild a broken region for Christ.  The first step is getting the word out about what we are already doing and about creating opportunities for people to meet the needs through ongoing service. We have chosen to use an amazing new tool called Awaken My City (http://www.awakenmycity.com/cityservedc). Through this tool service opportunities can be posted and people... Read more

Feb
10

The church is not the goal, the advancement of the Kingdom is

Feb 10, 2016

Will Plitt, Christ Together

If someone came up to you and asked you how many churches existed in your city, how would you respond? Would you immediately try to do a running inventory of all of the many individual churches that comprise your geography? The answer to this question is that there is only ONE CHURCH in your city – the Church of Jesus Christ. We see the Apostle Paul write letters to The Corinthian Church, or The Church of Philippi, or The Colossae Church. Paul knew there were many churches in these cities working together for the advancement of the gospel. If this were true then, could the same not be said of the churches in your city today? Jesus says in John 17: 20-26, “May they be ONE.” Jesus has only... Read more

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