Why downtown St. John's?
In a 1 KM radius there are about 7,000 people with no evangelical church in the immediate neighborhood. The area as a whole has close to 10,000 people. Although there are two churches close by, neither of those churches focus on the downtown area, having people drive from other communities to attend their services. This means there are more than 10,000 people without a local, gospel-preaching church in their neighbourhood. Downtown faces a number of issues including religious hurt, mental health, homelessness, drugs, sex workers, gender issues, and multiple failed church plants. Our downtown is also home to the greatest number of artists per capita for our area code (A1C). It’s an untapped area that is in desperate need of the gospel. St. John’s needs a gospel-centred church in its downtown to shine a light for a people that have been left alone for far too long.
Our Vision and Mission
Downtown Community Church is focused on seeing lives transformed and restored through the gospel. We want to see downtown St. John’s renewed not through our strength, but through the love Jesus exampled on the cross. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
We model real friendship as a community of believers who share with each other, serve each other, build up one another, and point each other to Jesus. Real friendship means we are not afraid of the messiness in our lives or someone else’s and that we tell the truth in love. (Acts 2:42-47, Philippians 2, Colossians 3:12-15, 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11, Hebrews 10:24-25)
We acknowledge that the Christian life can be hard and frustrating. We don’t always get everything right, but we’re continually being made like Jesus through the Holy Spirit as believers. We aim to “do life together” as a local community of believers. (Galatians 5:22-26, 1 Peter 2:1-3, 1 Corinthians 3:1-3a, Hebrews 5:12-14)
We believe the Bible is God’s word, is true, and is for us today. The gospel is good news for the world and offers real hope in a hopeless world. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 3:16-18, John 10:10, Matthew 11:28-29, 1 Corinthians 15:3-5, Acts 5:42)