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Building Simple, Reproducible, Biblical Communities All Across Philly

by Office of Marketing | July 01, 2011
A church plant looks a little different to each planter. To some it follows an identifiable, proven plan, and to others it is an attempt at an out-of-the-box dream. To Doug '03 and Kelly (Beatty) '02 Black, a new church looks like "simple, reproducible, Biblical communities all across Philadelphia."
A church plant looks a little different to each planter. To some it follows an identifiable, proven plan, and to others it is an attempt at an out-of-the-box dream. To Doug '03 and Kelly (Beatty) '02 Black, a new church looks like "simple, reproducible, Biblical communities all across Philadelphia." 

After 10 years of fulfilling a fruitful ministry as youth pastors at Cornerstone ChristianBuilding Simple, Reproducible, Biblical Communities All Across Philly Fellowship, in Abington, Pa., they resigned and moved to the City of Brotherly Love. They settled in quickly in hopes of fulfilling the next stage of their ministry. With the support of their former pastor and the partnership of sectional churches, Doug and Kelly's dream for Destiny Church began to take shape. 

Their goal is to approach the experience less as church planters and more as missionaries. "We want to put church planting back into the hands of the people," says Doug. Following Luke 10, they are asking people to pray for them, and are looking for those "persons of peace," people in Philadelphia who have unique and extraordinary connections with others, into whom they can plant the gospel and teach them to plant the gospel in others. This method will most likely result not necessarily in one church location, but in pockets of people growing together across the city. 

Doug and Kelly are intentional and courageous about meeting and developing relationships with people so that they can make disciples. But they never dreamed that people would come straight to them. The front steps of their new home has been a choice spot for loungers, and Doug and Kelly have allowed them to stay, realizing the unique opportunity of their location. Doug's bus commute to his job as the Case Management Supervisor at the Creekwood Center of Abington Memorial Hospital has also given him interesting opportunities to speak to people. 

Doug and Kelly have an adorable two-year-old daughter, Claire, to thank for some of their relationships. She has made a huge impact on helping them connect with people. Calling out to passers-by from her front door, Claire doesn't even realize the influence she has as a church planter's kid. 

Doug and Kelly continue to pray for divine appointments with those who need the Lord. To stay updated on Doug and Kelly's adventures, visit their Facebook page.