The Next Step Update: Denver

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Corbin and Allie Hobbs

Corbin and Allie Hobbs

From Corbin Hobbs of The Heights Community Church:

Greetings Hulen Street Family!

I am writing to you from Denver, where I can say that Jesus is at work and building his church! I cannot express how thankful I am for you all and your partnership in planting a new church here in the city.

As I write to you, I am thinking about how church planting is a declaration of war. By starting a new church in a highly secular city like Denver, we have declared war on Satan, sin, death, and hell. But as we work to plant The Heights Church, we are clinging to what God says in 2 Chronicles 20:17.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.”

I’m deeply encouraged by this and you should be also!

To give you an update, I want to tell you about what's happening in the life of our new church, where we are going, and let you know what to pray for in the coming months.

CELEBRATING GOD'S WORK

God has done a significant amount of work over the last few months. I want to narrow it down to just three things that we can celebrate together.

The growing church planting team of The Heights Community Church

The growing church planting team of The Heights Community Church

First, our team is growing. We have gone from a team of about six people to a team of about twenty-five over the last few months. We are really excited about the growth that God is bringing to us. This summer we will have six new people move to the city from all over the country to get jobs and start making disciples. These people are incredible and such an answer to prayer.

Second, we are excited to welcome a few mission teams to the city, one of those being you guys! We are so excited for partners like Hulen Street who send teams that can meet many of the tangible needs of The Heights Church. In July, you all will send a team who will be responsible for helping us throw our first public event for the community! We will put on a movie night where people can bring their families, meet their neighbors, and watch the movie Inside Out.

Third, I want to share the story of a couple of people named Ryan and Austin. They are two of our new friends who do not know Jesus. Slowly but surely, they have become regulars at our Wednesday night gatherings. We are so excited to see God working in their lives, drawing them closer to Himself. Ryan and Austin are the reason we are in the city, and the reason that you all are partnering with us to start a new church in this city. Our hope is to see many stories like Ryan and Austin’s as Jesus builds his church in the city!

WHERE IS GOD TAKING US?

In August we will begin meeting as a church on Sunday nights. We are in the process of securing a coffee shop called The Copper Door that we will begin meeting in. Throughout the Fall we are going to walk through the book of Nehemiah, and discuss what it means to belong to Jesus’ church and how we can all contribute in the growth of the church. Along with gathering on Sunday nights, we will host many community events in the park. Pray that God will give us favor with our neighbors as we throw these parties for our community!

The Heights Community Church serving the city of Denver

The Heights Community Church serving the city of Denver

We will meet on Sunday nights until February 12, 2017 when we will launch Sunday morning worship services. Our hope is to grow from a community of 25 people to a community of 50 throughout the Fall as we move toward our public launch. Will you pray that God would begin to do a great work in adding to our church family over the next several months?

HOW CAN YOU PRAY?

As we have been here in Denver, we have learned to lean into prayer more than ever. We recognize that there are things that will not happen until we boldly ask God for them. There are three things that I want to invite you to pray for over the next few months.

  1. Meeting Space. We have had a couple of leads on meeting spaces for our church that have fallen through. Our hope is that God will provide a space in our target area where at least 200 people can gather. Would you come alongside of us in begging God to provide us a space in the next few weeks?
  2. Laborers for the Harvest. Being in a city of over 3 million people, we constantly feel overwhelmed by the gospel need here. In Matthew 9:38 Jesus says, "Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." We realize that we do not have a harvest problem, but a laborer problem. Would you join us in asking God to send people who are passionate about making disciples to join our team?
  3. Salvation. Our mission is to reach, build, and release joyful followers of Jesus. Right now we are laser-focused on reaching people with the good news of Jesus. Would you pray that as we share the gospel the Holy Spirit would move in power and begin to change people's hearts? Pray that God would give us favor with our friends, co-workers, and neighbors who are far from him.