Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Other City Movie- HIV in Washington - June 25

“1 in 20 people has HIV in DC.  It’s time to get informed.”
Saturday, June 25 @ Harriet Tubman Elementary School (3101 13th St NW)
Doors open @ 7pm, Movie starts @ Sundown.
Get free screening, free food (first 100 people), get information on DC organizations
For more information about the film and to watch the trailer click here.

DC churches and medical organizations are banding together to present The Other City, a sobering film about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Washington. Come see what the story is on Saturday the 25th.

Pentecost Breakfast - Aisha Hussein's Story - June 25

During the season of Pentecost we are reminded of God’s love for all nations and cultures. He still speaks to us in our given language and draws us by His Holy Spirit to Himself. God created and loves
diversity. He also reveals His diversity in each unique way He enters into a relationship with us.

Come hear Aisha Hussain, a senior at George Mason University and campus DJ, share the unique way God called her to Himself. Aisha owns a Pakistani-Indo-Puerto-Rican-American background. She will be sharing her faith journey story from a Muslim family to trust in Jesus. Her story will convict and encourage you. Please invite friends from any background to attend. Breakfast will be served with a Question and Answer time following Aisha’s story.

GBC has a full service kitchen so if you would like to help cook and serve breakfast, please come at 830am. Children are welcome. However no child care will be provided but a nursery/play room is located adjacent to the fellowship hall. If you have any questions or would like to help in the kitchen please contact Jim Hagan, CCO NW DC.

What: Breakfast with Aisha Hussain
When: 930am, June 25th. (830am to help in the kitchen)
Where: Fellowship Hall of Georgetown Baptist Church
3101 N. St. NW, Washington, DC. (Corner of 31st and N Streets, NW DC)
Sponsored by RenewDC, CCO Campus Ministry and Georgetown Baptist Church

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Baltimore - Washington DC Church Planting Study

A good review of church planting in the DC-BMore area came out this past February.

The State of Church Planting in the Washington DC / Baltimore Corridor was led by Ron Johnson and published by Accelerate, a church-planting network working in partnership with the Exponential Network.

The study recognizes difficulties in cataloging all non-English-speaking churches, churches without formal incorporation or traditional media advertising, and those still under the care of a planting church, but its results are extremely enlightening. Praise God for the hard work, and may the report be useful to you, dear reader, God's servant.

Executive Summary
Church planting churches, national and local networks, and denominations have planted at least 274 churches in the last five years in the Washington Baltimore metropolitan area. 92 of these churches (34%) are in non-English languages.

1. Church planting churches
• 15 church planting churches have been identified (churches that have helped plant three or more churches in the last five years)
• Church planting churches provide the most training, support and ongoing coaching for church planters
• Planters who have attended an internship / residency program at a church planting churches are often better equipped to plant

2. National and local networks
• 12 national and local networks have been identified
• Networks are strong in assessment and training. However until they establish local hub church training centers and coaches, their coaching will be sporadic
• Network started churches are still a small number as the national networks have not yet established churches as hubs in the Washington DC / Baltimore corridor

3. Denominations/associations
• Most denominations are providing opportunities for assessment, training and coaching although it varies greatly in amount
• Denominations would benefit from having church planting churches that would develop internship/residency programs and partnering with national networks

4. Church planters
• The tensions and needs expressed by church planters can be seen as external (what we do) and internal (who we are). The external needs most expressed were the need for team support from sponsoring churches, funding, training, and learning effective ways to reach
the community
• The internal needs most expressed were the need for relationships with peers for encouragement, support and accountability; and coaching relationships with an experienced church planter who they can learn from, bounce ideas off of and from whom they can experience a sense of permission

5. Common Best Practices for Equipping Church Planters - There are at least nine common best
practices for equipping church planters:

• Assessment
• Church planting training
• Internship, residency, or church planting experience
• Sponsoring churches involved in helping the plant
• Administrative and strategic support
• Coaching/mentoring relationship
• Peer-to-peer relationships
• Ongoing training opportunities
• Exposure to available resources

6. Coaching/mentoring relationships and peer-to-peer relationships are key weaknesses.
• In most denominational or network situations a planter is to find a coach or one will be assigned. Most coaching is sporadic and coaches are often not trained. Attention to chemistry, availability, experience, and flexibility of coaches is important
• Peer-to-peer relationships are often left to the planter to initiate. Most planters have a number of other planter friends but meeting is usually sporadic and often lacks direction. Planters often desire relationships across denominational boundaries

Frederick Co. Convoy of Hope June 18

This Saturday!

Frederick Fairgrounds - Gate 3 (off Monroe Ave.)
Saturday June 18, 2011 - Beginning at 10:00am, until supplies last!




Don't forget the...

All-Volunteer Rally Friday, June 17th at the Frederick Fairground Grandstands beginning at 7:00pm (Music begins at 6:30pm)

For more information, call 240-575-1676 or visit

The Porch Community Youth Group Talent Show: Wed, Jun 15



The Porch’s SWAG

 GOD met us this year, this is what we’ll REMEMEBER…… (I Sam 7:12)

Community Event

Wednesday, June 15th from 7-9 p.m.


Washington Community Fellowship Church

907 Maryland Avenue NE, Washington, DC

Come and enjoy talent, testimony and togetherness as the youth from The Porch share and REMEMBER how GOD has met them this year.

It’s FREE, but a love offering will be taken

(Please make checks payable to The Porch)

The Porch makes disciples of Jesus Christ by providing a safe and welcoming space for the youth of Washington DC to know, receive, and respond to GOD’s message of love, hope and healing.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in the ministry, contact:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Grace and Race Ministries 3rd Anniversary, June 18






Grace and Race Third Anniversary Celebration: You’re Invited!

Saturday, June 18, 2011 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
The Board of Directors of Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. and Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Founder and President cordially invite you to share in the Third Anniversary Celebration as we continue to strive to become Ambassadors of Racial Reconciliation
Guests speakers will be:
Rev. Dr. Valerie Bridgeman is an ordained preacher, professor, published poet, visual and performance artist, and jazz dancer. She is associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Homiletics & Worship at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and a scholar in theology and the arts. Dr. Bridgeman is the founding president and CEO for WomanPreach! Inc., and is a respected Womanist thinker around preaching, bible, and cultural criticism. She has been a lecturer and conference speaker across the country, most notably as the C. Gardner Taylor Lecturer for the African American Studies Program at Duke University
Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and founder of Being Known, which develops teaching programs, seminars and resource materials to help people explore the connection between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spirituality which lead to genuine change and transformation. Dr. Thompson is the author of Anatomy of the Soul (Tyndale,June 2010) which demonstrates how insights from interpersonal neurobiology resonate with biblical truths about God and creation—validating the deep human need for meaningful relationships as a key to a life of hope and fulfillment. Thompson graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Metropolitan Day School
1240 Randolph Street, NE

Washington, DC 20017
Registration fee of $30 includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch
Register for Grace and Race Ministries Third Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC  on Eventbrite

Prayer for the Poor - June 13, 7pm

Prayer for the Poor
On Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m. the D.C. Baptist Convention will host a time of prayer for the poor at Hillandale Baptist Church, 2601 Powder Mill Rd, Adelphi, Md. 20783-1143.