College Students: TONIGHT @ Greenberry’s

Greenberrys

I know I’ve said it countless times but – Restoration City loves college students!  We believe in you and we believe in God’s plan to use you for His glory on your campus.  As a church, we want to champion, resource and encourage you in that mission any way we can.  That’s why we’re offering a summer Community Group specifically for college students and interns who are in DC for the summer.

That’s why we’ve rented out the Greenberry’s at 1805 E Street for your Community Group.  We want you to have a great environment to invite your friends, study God’s Word, meet new people and enjoy a great summer evening.  It’s an amazing coffee shop in an unbelievable location – close to campus and it has plenty of street parking in the evenings.

Here’s the basics:

RCC College Community Group

Wednesdays, 7.30PM

Greenberrry’s at 1805 E Street

So, if you’re in college, we want you to be there tonight.  It doesn’t matter if you go to Restoration City or not.  It doesn’t matter if you’re only in town for a few weeks.  It doesn’t matter if you’re just home for the summer. The only thing that matters is that you’re a college student.

Marshall Griffin, our college director, is going to be leading a study through the Book of Ephesians – he’s a great guy and a gifted teacher.

You’re not going to want to miss this!!

 

College/Intern Community Group Meets Tonight

Over the course of the week, I have become increasingly convinced tonight is going to be really significant in the story of Restoration City.  Our first ever college/intern community group is going to be meeting on the campus of George Washington University.  God has done some amazing things to prepare the way for tonight and to draw students to this time.

If you are a college student or intern in DC this summer, we would love to have you join Joey Schwartz for this Community Group tonight.  They will meet every Thursday during June and July from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Potomac House Study Lounge (2021 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20052). If you know any college students or summer interns who would be interested in joining this community group, please have them contact Joey at joey.schwartz@restorationcitydc.com.

DC is a college town and there’s no where near enough happening on our university campuses to make Jesus famous.  I’m praying tonight is the start of a wave that sweeps the campus of DC for the glory of Christ and the good of our city.

Fighting The Summer Slump

There are certain things that everyone in church world knows to be true.  Let me give you a few examples.  Nobody actually reads the bulletin but if you stop printing it, there will be a revolt.  Or, live testimonies before baptisms are awesome, except for when they’re a total train wreck.  Or, churches never grow in the summer.

I want to deal with that last one today.  When you find out our church doesn’t have bulletins and usually does live testimonies, it’ll come as no surprise to you that I’m not a fan of writing off the summer either.  I simply don’t believe the Spirit of God is constrained just because it’s warm outside.

Yes, I know it’s vacation season.  Yes, I know I pastor a church in a town that virtually shuts down in the month of August.  Yes, it’s also wedding season.  Yes, our congregation is young, mobile and has some pretty impressive frequent flyer accounts.  Yes, I know the statistics about summer church growth.  So, maybe you should write this whole post off as the adorable naivete of a first year pastor.

But if you’re part of Restoration City, I hope you’ll fight with me against the summer slump.  Here’s some of what we’re already doing as a church:

  • We’ve started sending direct mail pieces to all new residents in our community because we know there are a ton of people who move TO this city every summer.
  • Our first ever summer intern started this week with the specific mission of reaching out to college students and other summer interns.
  • We’re continuing to add new Community Groups, with the newest one starting in Alexandria in mid-June.
  • Our creative team is working hard to make each of our summer gatherings a powerful encounter with Jesus.
  • We’re moving RCC Kids to better serve families with children.

But our churches’ outreach strategy has always been built on us as individuals living as ambassadors of Christ. (2 Cor. 5:20)  God’s work of restoration flows primarily through us and secondarily through the programatic things we do as a church.  So, I want to encourage us to fight the summer slump personally.  Join me in:

  • Praying the Lord will make us effective in reaching the lost in our communities and open doors for us to develop relationships with people who don’t know Jesus.
  • Initiating spiritual conversations with those we meet (particularly people we’ve been building relationships with or those who are new to the area).
  • Inviting people you meet to join you at Restoration City.

I believe God has a lot He wants to accomplish through us this summer.  So, let’s lean in together and see how He wants to use this season for His glory and the good of our city.