Although Mark Batterson and David Platt pastor two uniquely different churches, they have one main thing in common – their goal of sharing Christ in the Nation’s Capital.
Batterson – who pastors the National Community Church – and Platt – who pastors the Mclean Bible Church – believe that God has placed them in Washington D.C. with a purpose.
At Batterson’s church, it’s clear that he has a vision specifically for Washington.
“We’re not trying to build a church, were trying to build a city,” Batterson told Christian Headlines.
The pastor also shared that the National Community Church recently opened a $5.5 million facility called the “Dream Center.” According to the church’s website, the Dream Center is a community center in Southeastern D.C. that works to help those in need and to provide a safe space for youth in the area to congregate. The center offers mentoring, tutoring, personal development mentoring and legal assistance among other things.
National Community Church is also nearing an opening for a new 20,000 square foot daycare center while simultaneously working to help resettle some 60 percent of the new refugees moving into D.C. When asked why the church was opening up a daycare center in the heart of Washington, Batterson shared that “The city needs affordable childcare and we want to meet the needs of our city.”
At Platt’s church – which has multiple locations across Northern Virginia and Maryland – the goal is to “glorify God by making disciples and multiplying churches among all nations beginning in greater Washington, DC.”
The church offers dozens of volunteer opportunities including missionary care, a clothing donation initiative, a food and resource ministry to fight hunger and homelessness and hosting “English as a Second Language” classes.
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Source: Christian Headlines