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42011017250Berks Bible Church29 E. Lancaster AvenueShillingtonBerksPA19607-26314202Central Region52712266
34007014480Bible Baptist Church1000 Laurel RdLindenwoldCamdenNJ08021-35443401South Jersey Region56942536
42043023150Dayspring Ministries1600 Spring Garden DrMiddletownDauphinPA17057-05504202Central Region56012028
34005018610Delaware Valley Baptist Church493 Beverly Rancocas RoadWillingboroBurlingtonNJ08046-35173401South Jersey Region38511214
42041027500East Pennsboro Baptist Church112 North Enola DriveEnolaCumberlandPA170254202Central Region53592366
42043024180East Shore Baptist Church6721 Jonestown RdHarrisburgDauphinPA17112-33294202Central Region65272659
42071031620Emmanuel Baptist Church25 Beechwood LaneElizabethtownLancasterPA17022-17014202Central Region56882282
42091011880First Baptist Church of Crestmont1678 Fairview AveWillow GroveMontgomeryPA190904201Philadelphia Region43501741
42043026240First Spirit Filled Missionary Baptist Church2605 Locust LaneHarrisburgDauphinPA17109-34644202Central Region51112231
42101002380Goshen Community Baptist ChurchP. O. Box 16644PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPA191394201Philadelphia Region2267736
42091024760Hope Church Philly8480 Limekiln PikeWyncoteMontgomeryPA19095-28054201Philadelphia Region56712443
42133026990Hope Fellowship Baptist Church4200 Fifth AvenueYorkYorkPA17402-06324202Central Region57212372
42043011970Living Legacy Church228 McCorkle RdHersheyDauphinPA170334202Central Region43921451
42091008440Macedonia Baptist Church2633 Hillcrest AveNorristownMontgomeryPA19401-17634201Philadelphia Region35401671
42003030230Monroeville Community Church2456 Tilbrook RdMonroevilleAlleghenyPA15146-42354203West Region41162078
42077029210New Beginnings Fellowship3710 Hamilton BlvdAllentownLehighPA18103-45034201Philadelphia Region40611601
42003016620North Park Baptist Church1600 Sample RdAllison ParkAlleghenyPA15101-27604203West Region56982527
42041030910Oakwood Baptist Church4315 Chestnut StreetCamp HillCumberlandPA170114202Central Region49882502
42029020500Paoli Baptist Church33 E Lancaster AvePaoliChesterPA19301-14194202Central Region23101107
42003030230Pittsburgh International Japanese Church2456 Tillbrook RoadMonroevilleAlleghenyPA151464203West Region41162078
42079021840Restored Church47 North Franklin StreetWilkes-BarreLuzernePA187024202Central Region2742781
42077023750Riverbend Community Church795 Roble RdAllentownLehighPA181094201Philadelphia Region1582721
42091006360Riverside Community Church239 Columbia AveHorshamMontgomeryPA190444201Philadelphia Region54712234
42003003960Slavic Baptist Church (Ukrainian)271 Francis RoadPittsburghAlleghenyPA152394203West Region36191473
34015019000South Jersey Bible Church Int'l311 Oakcrest AvePitmanGloucesterNJ08071-15023401South Jersey Region36871431
34015019000The Church of the Good Shepherd-S Phil311 Oakcrest AvenuePitmanGloucesterNJ80713401South Jersey Region36871431
42029008790The Journey200 South Church StreetWest ChesterChesterPA193824202Central Region39651895
42091008440The Living Word Church2302 Sienna DriveEast NorritonMontgomeryPA19401-18274201Philadelphia Region35401671
42043024180Transcend Church5718 Kenwood AvenueHarrisburgDauphinPA171124202Central Region65272659
42091006360Trinity Church239 Columbia AvenueHorshamMontgomeryPA190444201Philadelphia Region54712234

Selected Aspiring Community Ministry Resources

One church, many congregations
by J. Timothy Ahlen and J. V. Thomas

The Key Church strategy recognizes cultural diversity in North America and presents the Christian message in a way that respects and communicates the indigenous concerns of different cultural groups. At the heart of the key church strategy is the belief that a church can be comprised of many congregations, meeting separately yet ministering together, in a variety of different settings‚¬a strategy that has been adopted by 300 churches in 27 states. In the Foreword, Lyle E. Schaller calls it one of the most innovative, practical, and effective approaches to outreach ministries I have encountered in nearly four decades of working with congregations.

Missional Small Groups: Becoming a Community That Makes a Difference in the World
by M. Scott Boren

Small groups are a great place to connect with other churchgoers, but many wonder, is this all there is? Is sitting in a living room, talking about a book or watching a video the extent of what we can do together? Isn't being a Christian community about something more than this? Pastor and author Scott Boren thinks so. In this latest release from missional thinktank Allelon, Boren gives leaders and members of small groups the tools they need to make an impact on their communities. Beginning with…

Leading Missional Communities
by MIke Breen

Missional Communities (MCs) are a hot topic right now in the church, and many are excited about the potential of MCs to be a vehicle that allows the church to better live out its mission in the world. But if we embrace and implement MCs merely as a new program, they wont live up to their potential and well be on to the next hot topic in a few months. MCs are helpful only if we use them as a vehicle that allows us to point ourselves towards a much deeper issue: how we can learn to live our every…

Multihousing Congregations: how to start and grow Christian congregations in multihousing communities
Multihousing Congregations: how to start and grow Christian congregations in multihousing communities
by Bunch, David T.; Harvey Kneisel; Barbara Oden

The classic book on the subject published by the Home Mission Board, SBC in 1993.

Jump-Starting Your Apartment Ministry
by Ronnie L. Cox, South Carolina Baptist Convention

You are exploring something new. That is threatening, so I commend you for thinking radically. That is what Jesus led disciples to do. The situation has changed. The neighborhood is not like it was thirty years ago. America is not a Christian nation. There is no longer a churched culture from which to draw people to Christ. It is hard work. It takes much more than theatrics and visitation to lead people to Christ. In this culture, the Christian leader either feels like a failure or like a success. There is grave danger in both. We are desperate. We are struggling with how to reach our communities. There are evangelism strategies and plans. That may not be the problem. The real problem is that our towns do not look like they did. People live in different arrangements. Apartment living has become the arrangement of choice for many of our people. Students live in off campus housing, while senior adults are downsizing to patio home communities. Young professionals on the go dont want to fix things or manicure lawns. Instead, they are looking for living arrangements that fit their lifestyles. The apartment offers what they want; no matter that they are not building equity. In our cities, over 50% of our people live in some form of multihousing community. Only 4% have any Christian connection.

Cultivating Missional Communities
by Inagrace T. Dietterich

Discusses cultivating a community of moral witness, "the way," forgiveness, God's new age; gratitude and generosity, giftedness, discernment, and worship.

Clusters: Creative Mid-sized Missional Communities
by Bob Hopkins & Mike Breen

Clusters: Creative Mid-sized Missional Communities explores the principles, history and implementation of clusters/mid-sized communities, which are currently forming a growing movement within the church, releasing ordained and lay leaders alike into their missionary calling and rediscovering the dynamics of biblical missionary congregation.

Thin Places: Six Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community
by Jon Huckins, Rob Yackley

The phrase thin place comes from Celtic Christianity and is used to describe locations where heaven and earth are thinly separated. Thin Places expands on this idea and offers a much needed curriculum for people both within and outside of the institutional church to initiate missional community and practice. Thin Places seeks to take your community through postures and practices that help form apprentices of Jesus.

The Postmodern Parish
by Jim Kitchens

"Many of us who are pastors of local mainline churches have long felt that something is amiss in the life of our congregations. It's hard for us to name exactly what is wrong, but occasionally we are aware of a nagging sense that something is just not working any more. . . . Our best efforts at ministry feel like they're about a half beat behind some new pulse beginning to course through the culture," writes author Jim Kitchens. Congregational leaders who recognize Kitchens' description of congr…

College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture
by Stephen Lutz

Today s college students are in the midst ofa seismic shift. They are balancing dramaticchanges in their own lives while dealing withuncertainties in a world around them. In aculture that is no longer predominantlyChristian, college ministry workers can nolonger assume the students on their campuseshave a basic understanding of Christ or hisChurch.In College Ministry in a Post-Christian Culture,Stephen Lutz translates missional theology tothe practice of college ministry ministry as aproactive m…

The Mission Arlington Story
by Erma Holt Mathis

Mission Arlington Story-- . . . Read the beginning of the most Successful Inner-City Missions Enterprise in Evangelical Church Life . . . An expression of the collective imagination of Christian men and women!

Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church
by Reggie McNeal

The third book in the trilogy that explores the popular missional movementFrom Reggie McNeal, the bestselling author of The Present Future and Missional Renaissance, comes the third book in the series that helps to define and illuminate the popular missional movement. This newest book in the trilogy examines a natural outgrowth of the move toward a missional orientation: the deconstruction of congregations into very small Christian communities. For all those thousands of churches and leaders who…

Epoch Multihousing M-Pact
by North American Mission Board / Southern Baptists of Texas

God is at work in the multihousing world. Owners and managers have put out the welcome mats for people who want to minister in their communities. People groups from all over the world are moving into multihousing. For many middle and upper income people, multihousing is becoming the preferred choice for housing because of shared amenities, community life, and price. In low income communities, people are crying out for someone to come and help them. As a follower of Christ, you have the opportunity to join God as He works to impact people who live in multihousing with the gospel. The vast number of people who live in multihousing may make it seem like an impossible assignment. Nevertheless, Jesus commands us to go to them. God is the Master of doing the impossible by using ordinary people to do extraordinary things!

Multihousing Ministry & Church Planting Training
by Barbara Oden; Dallas Baptist Association

Multihousing Ministry/Church Planting has come along way from the work begun in the 1980s. Onsite property managers knew very little about our work and had very little trust at that time. Churches also knew very little about how to manage to get onsite to be able to minister to the residents. The separation of church and state created a problem to both entities. As time went on, more and more multihousing personnel saw what a wonderful asset it was to have a good moral Activities/Chaplaincy Group ministering onsite. As conditions on properties improved and as fewer and fewer problems arose, managers began to spread the word that to work with Southern Baptists was a positive move. Twenty years later, we have ministry and church sites all over the country and hundreds of thousands of residents have been led to the Lord and discipled. Congregations have sprung up on properties remaining there for years and years. Sometimes the congregation changes in ethnic population, but the Christian presence stays strong. Maybe you have determined that your church or your association wants to reach out to this unreached people group which is one of the largest in our nation. Hopefully this training booklet will give you a place to begin. There is much more to say than these few pages permit but much of what is learned or taught is through OJT(On the job training). This booklet will give some practical steps.

The House Church Book
by Wolfgang Simson, George Barna (Foreword)

In a world where the church is being ignored, it is time to bring the church to the people, and not the people to the church, says researcher and church strategy consultant Wolfgang Simson. His book Houses that Change the World (originally published in the UK) is widely recognized as a classic of the house church movement. Now revised as The House Church Book, this definitive work offers a comprehensive understanding of the past, present, and future of the house church movement --and the vital role of "ordinary" people in saturating the world with God's truth.