Exciting News, #3: New Campus, New Pastor

The news keeps coming. And today you get not one, not two, but THREE exciting announcements!

1. A NEW CAMPUS
As I shared a few months ago, we’ve been praying since the beginning of this year about where God might be leading us to plant a new church–in continuing fulfillment of our vision to be a network of neighborhood churches. And as God led, we sensed that this would be in the H St/East Side of DC, about four miles southeast of our current location.

Well, in the three months since that email, momentum has continued to grow and energy within the community of folks living in that area has continued to build; and after much prayer and seeking, we’ve decided to start preliminary launch meetings at the end of January (yep, in two weeks!), with this campus beginning more like a third service (in a different location). (Listen to Aaron share about it at the beginning of yesterday’s message.)

2. A NEW PASTOR
You know the old adage about how God sometimes uses us to be the answer to our own prayers? Well, in response to that prayer request for a leader for the new location that I shared in October, it appears that … it’s going to be me! The leadership of the church, the leaders living in the H St area, and myself, all came to a place where we realized that this was the route that made the most sense and generated the most  enthusiasm–and peace, too.

So I’d ask for your prayers as I continue my steep learning curve in pastoral ministry–I’m excited to be taking on more responsibility, to continue growing in what God is calling me to, and to face the challenges ahead in and together with the community that God is entrusting to me and the other leaders there. I’m also fully aware of my own inadequacies–God’s going to have to really step up (again)!

3. GOD’S PROVISION, AS USUAL
Two weeks ago, I asked for your support and your prayers to raise the remainder of the money I needed for 2013, which at the time amounted to about $7,000. Well … as usual, God answered and you stepped up, and gave generously to the tune of $6,000!! Which means that, with two weeks before the end of January (my deadline), I have less than $1,000 left to raise. So …

Will you partner with me to raise the $1,000 I need for 2013?

If you’d like to help support me financially, you’re welcome to do so:

  • by check, payable to “The District Church” with “For the Ministry of Justin Fung” in the memo, and mailed to The District Church, PO Box 3116, Washington, DC 20010;
  • online here, selecting “Ministry of JF” from the dropdown menu.

[All gifts are fully tax-deductible.]

As ever, grateful for your friendship in this adventure called life,

Justin.

A prayer request for the church

As many of you know, the vision for The District Church is to be a network of neighborhood churches. We want to be “a church for the city” (as our tagline says), but that can only happen as we build relationships and make an impact on the ground, neighborhood by neighborhood.

More specifically, you may already know that we’re looking to plant a new campus in 2013, and as we’ve looked at where God has called us, it seems the most logical and likely location is the H Street Corridor/Atlas District in northeast DC.

God has been building community there–three new small groups started there this fall, and we have at least forty people living in and around that area, including a number of fantastic leaders.

But all of these leaders are volunteer leaders, so we’ve been praying for someone who can:

  • devote the time and energy necessary to lead a new community,
  • think and strategize with creativity and vision, and
  • cultivate the new relationships that will arise.

So I’m asking you to join us as a church as we pray that God would continue to lead us and that we would continue to be submitted to his plans and his timing.

Regardless of what happens or when it happens or who God brings, it’s an exciting time for our community: God has already been at work in weird and wonderful ways. (And I pray you can say the same in your own lives!)