Please mail checks to: Epiphany Church of Baltimore PO BOX 19437 Baltimore, MD 21206
03 Why Epiphany?
04 The City of Baltimore 05 The People
06 Why Another Church?
08 Why Another Church in Baltimore? 09 Our Target Area: Central Baltimore 10 Our Target Groups 11 Our Mission 12 Our Values
13 Our Strategy
14 What We Look Like 15 Timeline
16 Strategic Launching Ministries 17 Leadership
18 Proposed 2016- 2017 Budget 19 Partner With Us 21 APPENDIX ONE
“Epiphany” comes from the Greek word Ἐπεφάνη, which means to show forth, to appear, to become visible, or to clearly show. In Titus 2:11-15, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” The first Epiphany describes Christ’s birth into the world and the second Epiphany refers to Christ conquering the world while displaying his Glory. In this present age, those who have been changed by his first coming are to be “Living Epiphanies or Glory Reflectors,” which affirm
the reality of the second coming of Jesus Christ. God has commissioned us to make disciples who show forth His glory to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20). Baltimore is a city that has been overcome by darkness. Often cited for its violence, crime, poverty and abandonment. But God, in his infinite wisdom, established a plan to make the light become visible to the world through his church (Ephesians 5:32).
Baltimore, MD is one of those places where darkness is the defining trait of the city. However, we know that Christ is the light of the world and reigns over all of the earth. Therefore, we desire to be representatives, “little epiphanies”, of his ruling reign in the city of Baltimore for His glory. Therefore, we have followed in the steps of men who have gone before us and take the name of Epiphany Church.
The City of Baltimore Baltimore is a historic, strategic and gritty city. With the picturesque Inner-Harbor and monuments scattered throughout the city, Baltimore is a unique place. It’s been called “The Greatest City in America”, “Charm City”, and by some known as “Bodymore, Murderland. It’s the home Babe Ruth, Thurgood Marshall, Edgar Allen Poe, Under Armour, blue crabs, The Wire, and row homes. Baltimore is a city of grit and iron-clad will. Baltimore was the initial landing place of many European immigrants seeking refuge in the United States. It was built on the backs of blue-collar workers seeking to make an honest living. In spite of its hard times, the city refuses to give up. This is Baltimore.
621,849. - 840,000 in metro Baltimore
African American(63.1%) White Non-Hispanic (28.0%) Hispanic (4.2%) Asian (2.3%) Two or more races (1.7%)
Why Another Church?
We believe: â€œThe vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing elseâ€“not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes, will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting. This is an eyebrow-raising statement. But those who have done any research at all, it is not even controversial. -Tim Keller Why Plant New Churches (article)
God is concerned about lost people (Matt. 28:18-20)
Jesusâ€™ fundamental call was to plant gospelcentered churches. Matthew 28:18-20
Church planting is a powerful evangelistic tool (Acts 2:47, 5:14, 6:1, 11:19-26, 14:21) There are not many worshipers of God (John 4:21-24)
Many established churches are not reaching out to lost people (Matt. 9:10, Act 8:1)
God has called us (Rom. 9:3)
Why Another Church in Baltimore?
* 80-85% unchurched population * Baltimore is the 7th most dangerous city in America (Forbes). * Deadliest year in Baltimore history 2015 * A national leader in murder, rapes and theft * High Poverty Rate (US Census) â€“ 34% of children live below the poverty line * 70% drop out rate by 10th grade * Those influenced by, Pan Africanists, Black conscious, Hebrew Israelites, and those with biasâ€™ towards traditional expressions Christianity are on the increase. * Hopelessness and Fatalism mark the residents * An overall dissatisfaction with Church
The majority of evangelical churches have left the city, moralized or politicized the gospel, or ceased to truly love the city. As a result, many are plateaued, declining or dead.
To the average Baltimorean, the church is an antiquated, irrelevant, manipulative institution. In other words, Jesus is unknown.
That is why we seek to plant Epiphany Church in Baltimore
Our Target Area: Central Baltimore Greenmount West, Charles North, Barclay, Oliver, Old Goucher, Johnston Square Central Baltimore is a diverse and strategic area in the heart of the city. Greenmount West and the surrounding neighborhoods is the residential section of Baltimoreâ€™s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Located adjacent to Penn Station and Charles Street, this rapidly revitalizing neighborhood, which is rich in diversity, is quickly becoming home to many young artists and commuters. Central Baltimore is where all the worlds of Baltimore collide. Itâ€™s an eclectic mix of arts, entertainment venues, historic buildings, poverty, and blight. Located directly north of Penn Station, the area has been transformed into one of the most hip locations in the city with the Station North Arts and Entertainment District drawing artists, music lovers, and young professionals into the heart of Baltimore. Yet also it is where the racial and socioeconomic divide meet in one place. Baltimore is known for its stark contrasts and divisions, but central Baltimore is where everything comes together. It is the most strategic location in the city. We want to make disciples from the block to the boardroom and Central Baltimore affords us this opportunity.
Our Target Groups:
* The Postmodern Eclectic Generation * Ages 18-40 (classified as most challenging to reach) * Different ethnicities within this group * African Americans, urban families, college students * Multi-economic classes (Blue collar, white collar, and no collars)
In short, our desire is to the feared, forgotten, and far off come to meet Jesus.
Our Mission At Epiphany Church, our aim is to be in the community, for the city, showing off the glory of Christ. We do this by cultivating communities of Spirit-led followers of Jesus that enjoy God, redemptively engage the city, and reach the world.
Therefore, we envision
* People loving one another based on a biblical understanding of love(John 13:35) * A committed community of people who live out the Good News about Jesus Christ through both life and lips * People who sacrificially serve others in spite of lifeâ€™s circumstances * Indigenous leaders being raised up in urban communities (Acts 14:21-23) * Community redevelopment that benefits the indigenous populous of Baltimore * Inter-generational and Cross-cultural reconciliation (Mal 3, Ezra, Titus 2) * Lost young adults both single & married passionate & productive in the kingdom of Christ * People in our community walking to church
Our Values Christo-centrism (John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-20) We will make Jesus the center of everything that we do. Jesus is the center of the universe. He is more than a mere man, He is also God revealed to us, crucified for our sins and raised from the dead to give us new life. Therefore, it is He and He alone is the reason that we gather and scatter to make much of Jesus. Jesus is the head of the church, our true boss, the One we center around and to share in our city. Every relationship we make, every person we serve and everywhere we go has one goal in mind, which is to make Jesus known and to call people to Him.
Commitment (Acts 2:42; 2 Timothy 2:16) We will be committed to the teaching and application of the Apostolic doctrine by Making Disciples through the power of the Holy Spirit in order to see Christ formed in the lives of the body. We will also seek to be an ongoing learning organism. Community (Acts 2:44-46) We will seek to build a healthy environment by which believers may fellowship with other believers, with Christ
at the center. We will seek to be a ministry that commits itself to the “One Another’s” of Scripture. The desire is that all members of Epiphany Fellowship never go through life with unmet needs.
Conversion (Acts 2:47; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:18-21) We will seek to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ through Missions and Evangelism. The hope is that the fellowship, love of the saints and godly living will attract unbelievers to the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our desire is that new converts will feel like they are entering a family not just an organization. Culturally Relevant Ministry (1 Chronicles 12:32; 1 Corinthians 9:15-27) We will contextualize its ministry by sound exegesis of the biblical text and exegesis of the culture for the purpose of reaching the lost and discipling them. We will be culturally relevant without violation Scripture. We will learn the issues that plague our city so that we can pray for the city and seek its welfare through engaging in social justice.
Our Strategy Sunday Gatherings: We will gather every Sunday as a single community built around the gospel in song, sermon, and sacrament. We gather around the Word of God, the Bible, because it is God’s Word to us about who He is, who we are, and His true story of redemption in Jesus Christ. Our Sunday gatherings will be filled with passionate, intellectually engaging, Gospel-centered preaching and experiential grace for seekers, skeptics, and believers alike. We’ll also strive for vibrant worship to glorify God in song and to tangibly experience His presence and power. Our goal is to create Spirit-led and God-glorifying gatherings defined by joy, reverent awe, and excellence.
Intentional Discipleship: The mission of the church is to make disciples; leading people from rebels to passionate Jesus-followers. Without the building and sending of disciples the church dies. The Gospel is what creates, matures and develops disciples. As the Gospel takes greater and greater hold of a disciple’s heart, the result is a humble, Gospel-centered, passionate and contagious follower who invites others to do the same. We build disciples by abiding in Jesus, stewarding His gifts, and equipping the saints in love as we trust Jesus to build His church for His glory and our greatest good.
Missional Communities: The city is an amazingly complex and diverse place. To incarnate the Gospel in the city, we must become a part of the city in all its forms. We will do this by cultivating communities as Spirit-led followers of Jesus that enjoy God, and redemptively engage the city, beginning in each of the distinct neighborhoods of Central Baltimore, and around the city. These are communities in which Jesus is loved, life is shared, disciples are made, mission is exercised, the Gospel is lived, others are invited in and, ultimately, churches are planted. By locally incarnating the Gospel, we represent the same Jesus and Gospel in contextually appropriate ways throughout the city, in word and deed. Church Planting: We will be a multiplying movement of disciples, communities, and churches in the Baltimore region and inner-cities all over the world. In other words: do it all again, everywhere. We are not satisfied just to begin a work here in Baltimore, we want to see gospelcentered churches planted everywhere. We want to see the fame of Jesus Christ spread among all the people of the world. We believe this is accomplished as we plant more churches.
What We Look Like
We are a Gospel-Centered Church. Therefore we are committed to: * Reading and teaching the entire Bible in light of the Gospel. * Preaching the gospel to believers, not just unbelievers. * Leaders applying the Gospel to themselves first; church leaders are the first repenters. * Cultivating leadership marked by ever increasing “Gospel awe”. * Being known for an atmosphere of grace; Gospelcentered churches are safe places for seekers, skeptics and those outside of the faith.
* Producing people who don’t just know the doctrine of the Gospel but who love the person of Jesus Christ.
These are the themes that we are committed to living together as Epiphany Church. At the end of the day, grace isn’t just something we “get” and the cross is not just some object in time. These things hinge on a person. At the center of it all is a person. Jesus. In an age when His name is easily tossed around or relegated to some minor point of doctrine used to win arguments and manipulate people, we long for the day when Jesus is seen for what He is: the hero of the story.
Timeline STAGE ONE: STRATEGY (MAY 2015-MAY 2016)
Epiphany Fellowship Residency- Leadership development and church planting strategy Launched Vision/ Fundraising Website- www.baltimorelivesmatter.org Networking- Make biweekly trips to city (networking, team building, vision casting, staff recruitment, etc.) Fundraising- Met with people with the goal of being fully funded before (January 2017) Team Recruitment/ Development- Secure teammate and continue conversation with potential staff Assessment- Complete assessments with networks/funding agencies
STAGE TWO: CONNECTING (JUNE 2016- DECEMBER 2016)
Core Group Gathering- Meeting people and casting vision to them Cultural Acquisition- Continue learning city history, culture and people of peace Fundraising- Continue to raise funds with the goal of being fully funded before (January 2017) Multi-Denomination Linkages- Link with members of different denominations in city Relocation- Mitchells move to Baltimore (November 2016)
STAGE THREE: TRANSITION (JANUARY 2017- MAY 2017)
Core Group Development- Begin the process of training our core group Week Bible Study- Begin teaching a weekly Bible study in the neighborhood Core Team Relocation- Invite core team members to relocate to Baltimore
STAGE FOUR: PRE-LAUNCH (JUNE 2017 – DECEMBER 2017)
Weekly Worship Service- Preaching, music, limited children’s ministry, establish & develop culture Community Groups- Begin leading small group gatherings Volunteer Teams- Assemble and develop volunteers for public launch Leadership Development- Identify additional emerging leaders
STAGE FIVE: PUBLIC LAUNCH (JANUARY 2018 – MAY 2018) Public Launch April
Bible We believe the church is to be grounded and governed by the word of God found in the Bible. In that, we seek to teach the scriptures at the earliest stages of the church, in core group meetings, vision nights, and leadership gatherings in order that everything we do is built upon the scriptures. We desire that every aspect of life would be influenced by and subject to the Bible. This means that our gatherings, missional communities, and outreach events will be infused with the scriptures.
Block At Epiphany Church in Baltimore we seek to make an impact on the city blocks of Baltimore. We are not satisfied to only serve the city through Sunday morning gatherings. Instead, we seek to be a church that not only gathers but scatters on a mission. On the block means to have real community presence in our core neighborhoods. This means regular gatherings on the block building relationships, cookouts, and community service in the neighborhood.
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Blitzes Baltimore is known for its community events and neighborhood gatherings. We seek to leverage this citywide rhythm by hosting outreach events where we can serve our neighbors and the city and share the good news of Jesus Christ in an open air setting.
Build It has been said that “Baltimore is a great place to change the world”. There are so many needs in the city that no church or organization could do it all. We seek to build strategic partnerships with those in the city that are doing great work in blessing the city and seeking its wholeness and renewal. We are not naïve to think that we are the answer to all of Baltimore’s ills, but we believe we can do more together than we can do alone.
Leadership Trevor Chin Trevor Chin serves as co-founder and Executive Pastor of Epiphany Church. He has a passion for seeing people’s lives changed comprehensively by the gospel, and his role includes preaching, teaching, leadership development, managing the campaign’s finances, and providing strategic pastoral leadership. An accomplished musician, he’s been featured as the Musical Director for numerous live shows, and has produced tracks for national recording artists. He earned two undergraduate degrees in Social Work and Bible from Cairn University and is currently completing his Master’s at Reformed Theological Seminary.
Charlie Mitchell Charlie serves a founder & Lead Pastor of Epiphany Church. Charlie is a transplant to the Mid-Atlantic. Raised in Florida, he was born in Key West and grew up in Fort Myers. It was after the death of his father at age 15 that Charlie met Jesus. After high school Charlie moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to study Christian Missions. While in Copenhagen, Charlie met his wife Erin. Charlie and Erin have been married for over a decade and can often be found on a stoop eating ice cream with their three young children, Charlie III (Trip), Kai and Gabriella.
Previously, Trevor served as the Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts for Epiphany Fellowship Church. There, Trevor was a leader on the launch team and spent his time leading worship, organizing liturgy, stage design, training & developing other worship leaders, musicians, and singers, and was in the regular preaching rotation. Trevor is happily married to the love of his life Melissa. The couple has a daughter (Zoe). The Chin family is excited to see what the Lord will do through this church plant in Baltimore. They are excited about serving the city along with the men and women that have been preaching the gospel, making disciples, and loving the city through the ages.
Charlie has actively served in the ministry for over a decade. He served 2 years on staff as a Pastor in Florida. Most recently, Charlie served as a church plant resident of Epiphany Fellowship Church in Camden under the oversight of Pastor Doug Logan and Dr. Eric Mason. He is currently completing his Masters degree in Church Planting through Capital Seminary. Charlie’s passion is to see the Gospel planted in the city of Baltimore, rebels made into disciples of Jesus, and churches planted throughout inner cities.
Proposed 2016- 2017 Budget
Launching Fund Compensation Development Administration/Legal/Facilities Communications Ministry Budget Mission Total *Detailed budget upon request*
$64,000 $135,000 $15,000 $78,300 $4,400 $27,800 $13,000 $337,500
Partner With Us
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
How Can You Help? Prayer
We need a host of people who will join us in prayer, asking God to:
1. Open ears and soften hearts to the gospel. 2. Provide opportunities for gospel witness. 3. Send laborers for the harvest.
Please consider how you might be able to assist the church plant through your profession and skilled hobby. We need lawyers, administrators, contractors, and graphic & web designers.
We are seeking people to invest a large special gift or a recurring gift of: $1,000/month $500/ month $250/ month $100/month $50/ month
Here’s how to give: Online: www.epiphanybmore.com/give OR
By Mail - Checks can be made out to: ‘Epiphany Church of Baltimore’
Please mail checks to: Epiphany Church of Baltimore PO BOX 19437 Baltimore, MD 21206
APPENDIX ONE Our Statement of Faith In addition to the following Statement of Faith, we find ourselves in general agreement with historic doctrinal confessions like The Apostle’s Creed, The Philadelphia Baptist Confession of 1689, and The Baptist Faith and Message.
THE SCRIPTURES We believe that only the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired, and therefore inerrant, Word of God. These books provide us with a perfect treasure of divine instruction and narrate God’s purpose in the creation of the world, His plan for salvation in Jesus, and the standard by which He will judge the world. The Bible is the true center of all Christian union and will remain to the end of the world (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 10:35, 17:17).
THE TRIUNE GOD We believe that the one true God exists eternally in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that these, being one God, are equal in deity, power, and glory. God is infinite, eternal, and perfect in beauty, holiness, goodness, truth, and love. We believe that God not only created the world but also now upholds, sustains, governs, and providentially directs all that exists and that He will bring all things to their proper consummation in Christ Jesus to the glory of his name (Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 104, 139; Matthew 10:29-31, 28:19; Acts 17:24-28; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Ephesians 1:9-12, 4:4-6; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6). THE PERSON & WORK OF CHRIST We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, fully God and fully man, who became human without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. He was sent by the Father to reveal God and redeem sinful humanity. He lived a sinless life and offered himself as a penal, substitutionary sacrifice for sinners. Through his vicarious death for sinners, he revealed God’s perfect love and upheld God’s perfect justice. The Father vindicated him through his literal, bodily resurrection from the dead. After being raised from the dead, he
ascended into heaven and was seated at the Father’s right hand, where, as our high priest, he makes constant intercession for the saints. He is the only savior for the sins of the world (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:35; John 1:1-18; Acts 1:9-11; Romans 3:23-25; 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:128; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 2:6-11; Colossians 1:15-23; Hebrews 7:23-25; 9:13-15; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2:21-25; 1 John 2:2). THE ABSOLUTE DEPRAVITY OF HUMANITY We believe that humanity was originally created in the image of God, righteous and without sin, but through Adam’s disobedience, the human race has fallen. Humans are therefore totally depraved — born subject both to imputed and inherent sin, and are therefore by nature and choice the children of God’s just wrath. Humans are unable to save themselves or contribute in any way to their acceptance before God (Genesis 1-3; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:9-18, 5:1-12; Ephesians 2:1-3).
THE GOSPEL AS THE WAY OF SALVATION The Gospel is the good news that Christ’s death is a substitutionary and propitiatory sacrifice to God for our sins. The gospel is the end of all human pursuits for righteousness in that it announces that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. No ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required in order to be saved. God alone, because of His mercy and sovereign election, through the power of the Holy Spirit, awakens faith and repentance. Those who turn from sin and look to Christ alone for their righteousness are justified before God — having the righteousness of Christ imputed to them (John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; Acts 16:30-31; Romans 3-4; 8:1-17, 10:8-13; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:3-7;).
We believe the gospel is not only the means by which people are saved but also the means by which people are sanctified. Trusting Jesus as our only source of acceptance before God enables us to genuinely and joyfully do that which is pleasing to God. Through this gospel empowered obedience, the Holy Spirit makes us progressively conformed to the image of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:21-22; Philippians 2:12-13).
We believe that once salvation is obtained, it cannot be lost. Those who are truly redeemed are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (Romans 8:31-39).
THE HOLY SPIRIT’S EMPOWERING OF BELIEVERS We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit at work in the church of the first-century are operational today. This includes signs and wonders, as well as all the gifts described in the New Testament. Though neither essential for salvation nor an indication of spiritual maturity, these gifts are designed to testify to the presence of the kingdom and to empower and edify the church to fulfill its calling and mission and therefore are to be earnestly desired and practiced (Acts 2:14-21, 4:29-30; Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28-31; 14:1-33; Galatians 3:1-5).
THE CHURCH We believe that the church is the primary instrument through which the triune God is fulfilling His redemptive purposes in the earth. The Church universal is made up of those throughout the earth, both living and dead, who have become genuine followers of Jesus. A visible church is a congregation of baptized believers, associated through covenant in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the sacraments instituted by Jesus; exercising their Spirit apportioned gifts for God’s glory in relation to one another and the world. In the context of the church, God calls sinful men and women to live as the New Covenant community. The church demonstrates the reality of God’s kingdom through the proclamation of the Gospel, pastoral care and leadership, and ministry to the poor and marginalized through sacrificial giving and practical service (Isaiah 58:6-12; 61:1; Matthew 16:17-19; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 1:22-23; 3:7-21; 4:11-16; Hebrews 10:2325; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10). THE SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH We believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are the two sacraments of the church to be observed until Christ’s return. They are a means of God’s sanctifying grace and blessing to the faithful in Christ Jesus. The sacraments are reserved for those who consciously place their faith
in Jesus for their righteousness and become his disciples (Matthew 26:26-29; Romans 6:3-11; 1 Corinthians 11:2324; 1 Peter 3:21).
THE WORLD TO COME We believe in the literal second coming of Christ at the end of the age when He will return to the earth personally and visibly to consummate His kingdom. At this time, Christ will raise the dead from the grave and separate the righteous from the wicked. The wicked will be consigned to endless punishment and the righteous to endless joy in fellowship with the Triune God. This judgment will forever fix the final state of men in heaven or hell, on the principle of God’s just and holy judgment in Christ (Matthew 25:46; John 5:25-29; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, 35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12; Revelation 19:1-21; 20:11-15; 21:1-22:15).
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. EPH. 5:32