Churches among Churches
The gospel changes the way we partner with others. We have no illusions that our single church, network, or denomination is sufficient to renew all of Philadelphia. We are therefore committed to starting (and helping others start) new churches, while at the same time partnering with Christian churches from various backgrounds for a powerful, renewal of gospel vitality in the neighborhoods and the whole life of our city.
Here are just a few great churches in our neighborhoods…
Pastor Glenn McDowell was a part of the original founding team of Liberti Church Fairmount where he continues to serve today as an Associate Pastor. The focus of Glenn's ministry is to bring synergy to the diverse elements of the body of Christ in Philadelphia - for the good of the entire city. The goal is answering Jesus’ prayer in John 17: "Father, may my disciples be one, that the world might believe.”
God’s people in Philadelphia are fragmented and, while numerically strong, they are relatively weak in bringing changes for the good of all. Although there are many good churches, ministries and Christian leaders in Philadelphia, they are not well connected with each other for advancing the grace of Christ.
By the Holy Spirit’s power, through prayer, Glenn's desire is to further a Gospel-centered ecosystem of interdependent congregations, organizations, individuals, ideas, and spiritual forces that interact, support, sustain, and stimulate one another. This would support Philadelphia believers, living out the gospel, "to play key roles in the arts, sciences, the academy, business, and government while at the same time using their power, wealth, and influence for the good of those on the margins of society.
Pastor Glenn's goal for 2016 is to serve with others to lay the groundwork for bringing God’s people in Philadelphia together for something like a Movement Day in the future, patterned after similar gospel movements in other cities such as New York, Boston and Dallas. If you are interested in being involved, contact Pastor Glenn.
Liberti Fairmount and Liberti East are excited to enter into a new church planting partnership together. The leadership of both churches have agreed to send Pastor Ryan Egli to the northwest neighborhoods of Philadelphia and plant Liberti Church Northwest. The churches have agreed to call Ryan as the new church planter for this work. Liberti Church Northwest is denominationally affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America with whom Ryan has recently been ordained.
Ryan had been ministering at Liberti East for the past three years on staff and he and his family had been worshipping members there for six years. He felt called to church planting and particularly this work, with these people, in these neighborhoods. He and his family moved to Philadelphia in 2007 with a heart for church planting and has spent the last six years growing and learning urban ministry and church planting with the leaders at Liberti East. Ryan and his family sold their house Fishtown and bought a home in near the Germantown/Mt. Airy border in 2014.
This partnership between Fairmount and East came together as both congregations had In-Covenant members who had moved to the Northwest section of Philadelphia and began asking for a new Liberti Church that would seek to live, speak and serve as the very presence of Jesus in their neighborhoods. Both Fairmount and East are encouraged by the continued church planting momentum and the opportunities this will provide for leadership development and it fits with our desire to saturate the neighborhoods of Philadelphia with Gospel preaching churches.
Ryan launched public worship services in the Fall of 2015. If you would like to find out more or are interested in being involved contact Pastor Ryan. You can also find out more and stay up to date at www.libertichurchnw.org
Liberti Montgomeryville (2016-17)
Pastor Jacob Kim is planting a new church in Montgomeryville. God has put it on Jacob's heart to build a church of people transformed by the Gospel that resembles a little bit of heaven. Multi-ethnic and UNI-culture (One in Christ) in Jesus Christ. His focus will be to raise a core group of people that will, in turn, disciple others. Jacob began his pastoral work at Antioch Church of Philadelphia as a youth pastor in 2002. He continued to serve as a young adult pastor in 2006, and most recently planted and developed the English Ministry in 2009. Currently, Jacob has been training and serving at Liberti (Fairmount and East) in a church planting residency. He will begin his launch team training meetings this fall with the vision of beginning small groups and doing community outreach towards the end of 2016 and into 2017. If you are interested in being involved, contact Pastor Jacob.