Friendship Fellowship: It started in 2010 with a room full of agency faces. Some left when they heard of a plan to begin a church for people with intellectual disabilities that would start in Denver and systematically plant churches up and down Interstate 25. Fearful of losing their tax-free status many of these leaders and managers were dealing with their own personal preferences, realities and prejudices regarding church. Were they church-a-phobic? Possibly. Were they victims of a system that takes in government money beholding to a system of law and order that does the minimum rather than empowering people with special needs to express their faith? Bingo! The breakthrough question of the day. Fast forward to one agency that took a stand and the stand is slowly bringing good news to other agencies in Denver from spreading to Colorado Springs and beyond soon to New York.
Ministry: At the weekly gathering of Ministry of Leadership and Communications and the Five Points Group, leaders discussed the future plans for Friendship Fellowship. “We started with ministry and evangelism, the first point of influence for community building,” said the anonymous founder of the group. MLC is a group of pastors; church planters; educators, journalists and entrepreneurs who are breaking ground in ministry and mission opportunities, leadership in community building and equipping men and women, specifically married couples; and in media development that feeds a hungry culture. “This includes people with intellectual or physical disabilities. The foundation is evangelism and to stare the misconception of separation of church and state in the way it is being represented by the so called progressive politics of our day.” The focus on ministry for a church planter is entrepreneurial. Planting churches must have a support beam that includes financial return on investment and also prayer support. “We look for the open landscapes of the under served and the spiritually under-nourished,” the leader begins. A church planter is the guy or the couple who comes in and digs, gets the rototiller into the ground and kills the weeds and plants the dreams in the barren land!’ He constantly prunes and cuts out dead wood, grafts new branches, pours water and feeds and nourishes.”
Leadership: With evangelism as the backbone to a group that constantly finds new ways to deliver the message, finds new fields to plant the mission; and integrates media and music into the seed mix, the leadership is constantly tweaking the mission map and with technology finding better ways to communicate calling and purpose. “Everyday is business and ministry planning as we go.” The farm and planting analogy of an orchard and dropping seeds is biblical and it is current. Adapting for drought or flood conditions; storms, irrigation; rotating crops and all kinds of growth is the way Jesus taught in the gospels. Management was also taught in that way with investment and how to treat people. Servant leadership is spoken and practiced in the gospel, ways to gather support; and to rely on God’s provision is the business model for any ministry, any leadership organization and any communications group. “It’s a proven science that we talk about in our research and development meetings.” With Ancient Paths and Word and Spirit; we lay down the evangelical roots that spread throughout the scientific method of God’s Biblical Mindset; A Christ-like approach; and relying on the power from a grant from the Holy Spirit.” Friendship Fellowship is expanding reach with three fellowship gatherings in Denver and Colorado Springs. “Our goal now is to train new leaders and to multiply through leadership and outreach,” says the pastor.
Communications: MLC and Five Points is getting prepared for their annual inner city missions training with Ancient Paths and Pilgrim Church in Denver. This next season Friendship Fellowship will begin in planting churches in neighborhoods and community centers. On Wednesday nights starting in the fall the leadership of Friendship will begin a series of studies; relationship building and outreach at Mission Coffee Roasters. “The idea is to bring 12 couples together who will study the word, build friendships and relationships in their neighborhoods and together reach out specifically to areas in their cities that need attention. “We want to start, gain support and sustain the mission and to reach out to mission fields.” If you are interested in joining the group of twelve couples please e-mail email@example.com. Friends and Fellowship begins on Wednesday, September 18 from 7-8:15 PM. The location for the gathering is at Mission Coffee Roasters just north of Interquest Parkway at Voyager and Ridgeline.
Speaking of Communications have you heard about The Communications Cure from Keith Dorscht? It is meaningful talk, made easy. Well that’s easy for you to say… Or is it?
The Ministry of Leadership and Communications is made up of Five Points of Ministry:
2. Special Needs
3. Media that feeds a hungry culture
5. Community Building
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