As a baby church, these connections are essential for us. For one we believe in the importance of partnering with other churches and pastors who are following Jesus. We have no delusions of thinking that we can minister or survive in isolation. Instead, we joyfully confess our need for brotherhood and support in doing both.
Acts 29 and the CCCC are distinct bodies, but both provide us the opportunity to lock arms with other churches who love Jesus and are committed to His mission. Together, they provide us with both the energy that comes from hanging with young urban church planters and the wisdom that comes from learning from experienced pastors. They also ensure that there are people and churches across the country that pray for us and walk with us as we seek to serve Jesus in Philadelphia. At the same time, we hope that our involvement in these networks are a mutual blessing. We hope to offer prayer and support as much as to receive it. Being a part of these networks remind us that Seven Mile Road is not the Kingdom, but is only a small part of the Kingdom. These connections remind us that we have been swept into something much bigger than ourselves and give us the opportunity to celebrate the global work that God is doing.
We also maintain a strong bond with our planting church, Seven Mile Road Boston. While in different cities and different contexts, we share a name and a commitment to being communities that are centered on the gospel of Jesus and sent on mission with Him.