What is Epiphany?
“Epiphany” comes from the Greek word Ἐπεφάνη, which means to show forth, to appear, to become visible, or to clearly show.
In Titus 2:11-15, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.”
The first Epiphany describes Christ’s birth into the world and the second Epiphany refers to Christ conquering the world while displaying his Glory.
In this present age, those who have been changed by his first coming are to be “Living Epiphanies or Glory Reflectors,” which affirm the reality of the second coming of Jesus Christ. God has commissioned us to make disciples who show forth His glory to the entire world (Matthew 28:18-20).
Baltimore is a city that has been overcome by darkness. Often cited for its violence, crime, poverty and abandonment. But God, in his infinite wisdom, established a plan to make the light become visible to the world through his church (Ephesians 5:32).
Why does Baltimore need another church plant?
- 80-85% of the population is unchurched.
- Baltimore is the 7th most dangerous city in America (Forbes).
- The deadliest year in Baltimore history was 2015.
- Baltimore is a national leader in murder, rape and theft.
- 34% of children live below the poverty line.
- There's a 70% drop out rate by 10th grade.
- Those influenced by Pan Africanists, Black conscious, Hebrew Israelites, and those with bias’ towards traditional expressions of Christianity are on the increase.
- Hopelessness and Fatalism mark the residents.
- In Baltimore, there's an overall dissatisfaction with Church.
- The majority of evangelical churches have either left the city, moralized or politicized the gospel, or ceased to truly love the city. As a result, many are plateaued, declining or dead.
To the average Baltimorean, the church is an antiquated, irrelevant, manipulative institution. In other words, Jesus is unknown.
That is why we seek to plant Epiphany Church in Baltimore.
Where will the church plantS be located?
Greenmount West, Charles North, Barclay, Oliver, Old Goucher, Johnston Square
Central Baltimore is a diverse and strategic area in the heart of the city. Greenmount West and the surrounding neighborhoods are the residential section of Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District. Located adjacent to Penn Station and Charles Street, this rapidly revitalizing neighborhood, which is rich in diversity, is quickly becoming home to many young artists and commuters.
Central Baltimore is where all the worlds of Baltimore collide. It’s an eclectic mix of arts, entertainment venues, historic buildings, poverty, and blight. Located directly north of Penn Station, the area has been transformed into one of the most hip locations in the city with the Station North Arts and Entertainment District drawing artists, music lovers, and young professionals into the heart of Baltimore. Yet also it is where the racial and socio-economic divide meet in one place.
Baltimore is known for its stark contrasts and divisions, but central Baltimore is where everything comes together.
It is the most strategic location in the city. We want to make disciples from the block to the boardroom and Central Baltimore affords us this opportunity.
When will the church be launched?
We will begin core group meetings regularly beginning 2017.
How can people join in on the church plant?
We need a host of people who will join us in prayer, asking God to:
- Open ears and soften hearts to the gospel.
- Provide opportunities for gospel witness.
- Send laborers for the harvest.
Please consider how you might be able to assist the church plant through your profession and skilled hobby. We need lawyers, administrators, contractors, and graphic & web designers.
We are seeking people to invest a large special gift or a recurring gift of:
Here’s how to give:
By Phone: Pastor Trevor Chin 609-845-8644
By Mail: Checks can be made out to: ‘Epiphany Fellowship of Camden’
Include Baltimore Church Plant in the memo line.
Please mail checks to:
Epiphany Fellowship of Camden
P.O. Box 465
Camden, NJ 08105
Who do I contact if I have more questions on Epiphany Church?
For more information, please contact our Executive Pastor, Trevor Chin @ PastorTrev@epiphanybmore.com
Also you can sign up for our newsletter HERE.
Who are the Pastors accountable to?
Ultimately, we believe that we are accountable to our Chief Shepherd and the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ.
Additionally, as part of the Epiphany Network of Churches, we are represented at and held accountable to the elders of the Epiphany Church (Philadelphia, Pa), and Epiphany Fellowship Church of Camden (Camden, NJ).
Further, we will have accountability through various networks, SENT network (Annapolis, MD) and the North American Mission Board (Baltimore, MD) through The Southern Baptist Convention.