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…
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA IS QUICKLY APPROACHING A HALF MILLION PEOPLE. HALF. A. MILLION.
That's a 1/3 of the population of Philadelphia! And it is now the most under-served, under-churched section of Philadelphia. One section is the most racially diverse section of Philadelphia, and it is now the gathering place of hundreds of people groups from all over the world. And, if population projections are correct, it's growing at a rapid pace, which means it will be a place of constant change and so needs people who will be there to provide stability and open arms in the name of Jesus.
So, we want to plant a church in Northeast Philadelphia.
The word "Liberti" is Latin for "freed people." And, as part a church in the Liberti Church Network, our desire is for people to experience the freedom only Jesus brings. So, we are seeking to plant a church that will live, speak and serve as the very presence of Jesus for Northeast Philadelphia.
Evan Curry, is a native of Northeast Philadelphia, where he currently lives with his wife and four children. He is a card-carrying Philadelphian and is unapologetically zealous for this city. Evan has held various pastoral roles over the past 10 years at a number of churches across the Philadelphia area. Evan is a graduate of Cairn University and Biblical Seminary. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, drinking coffee, watching more Netflix than he probably should, reading less than he probably should, and cheering for the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers. His greatest accomplishments in life have been advancing the human race fourfold and winning tickets to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Evan's main emphases are trusting the Lord, seeing the gospel grow in a person's life, and helping fathers and husbands develop into better leaders.
Liberti Montgomery County
Pastor Jacob Kim has planted a new church in Montgomeryville, Liberti Church Montco. 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 has been 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.
Jacob has trained and served at Liberti (both Fairmount and East) in a church planting residency and has officially started worship services of the new church plant. Join Jacob and Liberti Montco for worship at at 2910 Jolly Rd, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 in Greater Plymouth Community Center at 10 am every Sunday. Contact Pastor Jacob to learn more!
Pastor Glenn McDowell was a part of the original founding team of Liberti Church Fairmount as an Associate Pastor. The current 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 20117-18 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.