You might have seen my blog the other day about my first visit to National Community Church in Washington DC. It was a rough one in the critical kind of way, so I wanted to tell you about a really good experience at a different NCC location. While tooling around DC and visiting Union Station my wife and I strolled a block over to the Ebenezers Coffeehouse to check out the refreshments.
Ebenezers sits in the shadow of the Securities and Exchange Commission building. It’s in a weird place, but not in a bad way. The Union Station area is crazy busy but just one block west it’s so quiet and peaceful. While we sat there drinking we saw plenty of young couples, a few cars, but no hustle and bustle like everywhere else in DC. It was really nice. The drinks were great. We also talked to Kristin Mercer, the coffeehouse manager. Super nice and extremely helpful. She let me go downstairs to the event and church area to look around.
I absolutely love the idea of combining business and church to reach the community in a very unique way. Apparently, God has blessed it as well, as Batterson and NCC seem to be pretty successful in many ways. Most churches are completely scared of anything that looks like business. I’m just the opposite. I think it’s foolish to ignore the gifts that God has given to the churches and the people in them that would help provide the needs of the church and God’s people. Mark Batterson has recognized these gifts and used them well.
If you’re ever in DC I highly recommend checking out Ebenezers for church or just a good coffee.
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