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National Community Church – Church in Washington DC
535 8th St SE, Washington DC
One of the last books we read with our small group, before we moved from Texas, was Mark Batterson’s Circle Maker. It was a great lesson about praying hard in areas of our lives that we really want to see God make a difference. I loved the story of how he started a church in Washington D.C. and used to walk around “praying circles” around the community and asking God to really use him to make a difference in that area. One of the buildings on this walk was an abandoned “crack house” that his church later bought and turned into a coffee house called Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse. All the profits from this coffeehouse is used to fund their local missions projects. Not only do they have a coffeehouse that is used to impact their community, but they also purchase movie theaters in the DC metro area and have church in those buildings. This is another awesome example, similar to New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, of a church using their building to make a difference in their community instead of letting it sit empty throughout the week.
Mark’s preaching is solid and the worship was awesome. Be forewarned, the air conditioning wasn’t blowing and going like you might be used to so be prepared to fan yourself with the bulletin. We visited the church on Barracks Row and was immediately greeted with some big, fluffy donuts and coffee from Ebenezer’s and it was jam-packed in the church/theatre.
You’re somewhat limited in space when you’re located in downtown DC so the children’s ministry space was confined to just one room above the theatre and I think they have an adjacent space next to the theatre. Most families move out to the suburbs and you’ll find mostly single professionals, young couples and empty nesters at a church like this. However, if I lived close to DC, given the myriad of locations/theaters that this church is in, I would have no problem calling this my church home. They definitely have a heart for local and global missions, their preaching is spot on and challenging, and the donuts aren’t too shabby either:)
National Community Church has about six locations and many different service times so make sure to check out their website before you visit.
If you’re interested in buying or selling real estate in Washington DC, give me a ring and let’s meet at Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse!
Your Favorite HOMEboy,
- Address: 535 8th St SE
- City: Washington DC
- State: Washington DC
- Zip: 20003
- Country: United States