When we started NDC seven years ago, our goal wasn’t necessarily to become a big church but to become a multiplying church. In other words, we wanted to be a part of a broader movement of churches here in Denver: to work with other churches and even help new ones get started. That vision has not changed. Earlier this spring, the pastors, staff, and elders resolved to begin pursuing our desire for multiplication more intentionally. We shared this vision with our members at a June meeting and since then, we’ve made a few changes behind the scenes. Most importantly, our Stewardship Team and Elder Board approved the investment of some financial resources and Stephen Redden took ownership of leading this initiative for our church.
- Greater collaboration with other Denver churches. We have met with numerous pastors of churches in Denver who have begun exploring and praying about a possible network or cooperative venture together. One recent example of collaboration was the July sermon series in the Psalms that we shared with several other congregations.
- Assistance with struggling churches. Earlier this year, a small congregation in University Hills, The Living Church, asked for our help. They have a successful pre-school, but their church has decreased in size and they recently lost their pastor. They would like to find a new pastor and consider how they might better reach their neighborhood, particularly all the families that attend the school. We have agreed to a short-term contract with them to preach on Sundays, help them find a new pastor soon, and consider planting a new church expression.
- Raising up leaders to plant new churches. We are hiring a new church planting resident at New Denver Church. We have extended an offer to Daniel DeLeon, and he has accepted pending the completion of his R-1 Visa. Daniel will work at NDC on a part-time basis to move toward planting a new church in Denver in 2017.