Our nation’s capital is a city of contradictions in many ways. It is the capital of the richest country in human history and yet has some the highest poverty rates in our nation. It is the most educated city in the U.S. but has some of the lowest performing public schools. It is the capital of democracy and yet does not have representation in Congress. It is a city where people move to change the world and yet where few have time left to love their neighbors.
In 2010, Aaron and Amy Graham felt a call to start a new church in the midst of these contradictions. They had lived in Columbia Heights for three years after planting an urban church in Boston and going to graduate school. They moved to DC to change the world and yet found that its hard to change the world outside of a thriving Christ-centered community.
The District Church is located in Columbia Heights, the most diverse neighborhoods of DC. With a heart for urban ministry and for multiplying leaders they seek to bring together sometimes opposing streams of the church. The District Church seeks to lead many people into a new relationship with Christ and to make such a deep impact on the community that the neighborhood would weep if the church ceased to exist.
In less than a year they have already seen many people who left church in high school or college come back to faith in Christ. They have seen people extend their stays in DC and seen dozens of people’s hearts break for the kids and schools of our city.
If you sense a call to the city and have an entrepreneurial spirit than we’d love for you to join us. We are launching a leadership residency for people who are called to start a church or start an urban ministry.