The cover of the Christmas Day edition of the Rocky Mountain News featured a story on two churches – Denver’s oldest and Denver’s newest. The latter is the Providence Bible Church. Several years ago I met the eventual pastor and co-founder of Providence, Jason Janz, and have since agreed to be a prayer partner for the growing church. I am excited to read the updates of this exciting ministry that Jason sends out.
It’s a blessing to see more attention brought to this work:
Providence Bible Church is a multiethnic congregation launched 12 weeks ago in Five Points. Using the media-savvy instincts of his generation, Pastor Jason Janz, 35, spent early donations on creating a DVD to tell Providence’s story.
The one-time rebel knew what kind of church he wanted: “Could there be a church which had people from all different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds worshipping together, just like in the New Testament?”
Janz put the idea to about eight supporters, all jobless, “whose only resources were their time and hearts.”
That was enough. This Christmas season, Providence is welcoming about 175 worshippers, including blacks, whites, Hispanics; wealthy people, the poor; even ex-offenders. [link added]
I don’t have much to add, just a word of encouragement that you might read the whole story, visit the church’s website, get a glimpse of what God is doing through this new ministry in Denver, and consider including Providence and its leaders in your prayers as well.