We Don’t Keep Our Hands Idle
Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, DC is always looking for ways to extend the Lord’s love and blessing to the community. We enrich people’s lives through organizing support groups and bringing together the parents for seminars. Please be sure to check this page often as we have a number of exciting things scheduled just for you!
Our Active Ministries
“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)
Deliverance Temple shall be “The Community Church” known as “A Place of Destiny”. The Ward 8 Community where Deliverance Temple is called to minister is the poorest area of the District of Columbia. On the same avenue where “The Promise Land” for our church is, you find a park that is full of persons who are crying out for help, the primary Men’s Shelter in DC, two Family Homeless Services Agencies; the intake location for Foster Care Children; the former St. Elizabeth Hospital and so much more! The land is fertile for ministry.
Deliverance Temple focuses on evangelism and church growth through the following components.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)
In fulfilling the mission of being, “A Place of Destiny”, Deliverance Temple will be committed to saving souls! We recognize that to begin a “Destiny Journey” one must be restored in right standing with the Lord, Jesus Christ.
Goal: 100 Souls in 1 year
“You have one business on earth – to save souls.” – John Wesley
The job of sharing the Good News and leading people to Christ is not just the job of the Pastor or the Ministers, but of all people. Therefore, each month on 4th Sunday, we will have a “Conversion Celebration” where each disciple will be asked to bring the people they introduced to Christ during the last month.
“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)
It’s about Discipleship, Not Membership
“The Great Commission says to make disciples, not get followers. There is a difference.” – Miguel Nunez
Deliverance Temple will take its mantle to make disciples. We are not a Greek letter organization nor are we a professional club or association. We desire to have credible disciples of Jesus who will be committed to doing His work.
Goal: 25 new Destiny Disciples in 1 year
Destiny Disciples will be received on probation as prescribed in the Book of Discipline and will begin New Destiny Disciples Class in which they will learn who we are; what we believe; what is a disciple; understanding baptism; and other topics concerning discipleship and the AME Zion Church. The New Destiny Disciple Classes include 8 weeks of learning, engaging and fellowship. After the completion of the New Destiny Disciple Classes, individuals will be placed in Destiny Groups (classes) to further their discipleship and learning.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Deliverance Temple shall be a place of PRAYER! There is nothing that we can accomplish without it and we believe its POWER! There have teachings on Prayer in the Spiritual Development Program under Deliverance Academy. In addition, we hold Prayer Gatherings twice a week, one in person on Tuesdays and one via Conference Call on Thursdays.
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
No one arrives at their destination without the help of someone else. Jesus was committed to the work of helping others. We will also be committed to helping others as they are on a journey to reach their destiny. Our outreach will include but not limited to support groups, counseling, and resources.
Support GroupsDeliverance Temple has introduced multiple support groups:
- Ashes to Beauty Women’s Support Group
- Men Helping Men Support Group
- Motherhood Circle (for Mothers)
Once Deliverance Temple is in its home, Addiction Support Groups will begin. In addition, Deliverance Temple will complete the process to be a Certified AA and NA Location.
Counseling is offered to the community. Counseling hours will be shared on the Community Listserv and with the local schools.
Deliverance Temple is a hub for resources. Resources include but not limited to:
- School Supplies and Uniforms
- Food Pantry
- Baby Closet
- Laundry Center
- Safe House/Domestic Violence Referrals
- Homeless/Housing Referrals
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)
Churches should make it a priority to become a part of the community that is serves. Over the past 2 months, we have focused on “relationship-building” with people, organizations, businesses, and other entities. Despite not having a home, the community embraced us because we showed them that we desire to be a part of the greater solution. It is imperative to form bonds as churches focus on growth and impact.
Individual Relationship Building
Deliverance Temple will continue to show the love of the Lord to every person, regardless of their situation or environment. Showing love, especially in communities where there are many who are lost and desolate, is key to building relationships. Worshipping in the park weekly and having Bible Study and Vacation Bible School while serving as a beacon of hope, has helped our church become established as a partner in the community; as an entity that truly has the heart of the people.
“The relationship formed aides in the movement of the people when the ministry moves” – Pastor Nicole Johnson-Douglas
Partnership for Progress
As a community changes or has opportunities, developing appropriate partnerships aide in the outreach and the progress of the people and the community. Within the first 90 days in Ward 8, we will establish partnerships for progress. These partnerships will impact the community as well as the overall growth and reestablishment of Deliverance Temple. Partners will include:
- Ward 8 Councilmember
- Ward 8 School Board Member
- ANC Commissioners
- Capital City Creamery
- Rita’s Ice
- Washington Informer
- Ballou Senior High School
- Brighter Day United Methodist Church
- National Children’s Center (NCC)
- Capital Area Food Bank
Destiny Corp (Core Leadership Team)
“The most important decision leaders make is to select the right helpers.” – Sam Chand
The book, Who’s Holding Your Ladder, by Samuel Chand serves as a reminder that it is important for leaders to have the right helpers in place to hold your ladder and to aide in the fulfillment of the vision. In discovering the importance and discovering identities of your ladder holders, there are some qualities that one should look for, using the word “STAFF.”
- S= Strong—people who can handle instruction and correction.
- T = Teachable—people who are still curious and want to learn.
- A = Attentive—people who learn quickly.
- F = Firm—people who are not blown around by manipulative people.
- F = Faithful—people who believe in me (trust) as a leader. (Samuel Chand)
After much prayer and meditation, the Destiny Corp was established. This is a group of individuals who serve as the first layer of leadership as our Pastor’s Leadership Advisory Team. They are those who embrace the vision and commit their time, energy, expertise, resources and prayer to the fulfillment of the vision. They should commit to being present even when others are not and a deeper studying of the Word of God and a prayer life.
The Destiny Corp will meet once a month on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for Corp Meeting where we will access the vision through benchmark tracking, complete a leadership development training and conduct Vision Prayers.
Fund Development Ministry
“Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?” – John Wesley
There will be many items that will cost as the vision is moved through and completed. The greatest cost will be that which is used to do the ministry of the church. Thus, the Fund Development Ministry is established and is tasked with exploring funding options while monitoring the cost of the ministry against the budget.
Fund Development Goal: $40,000
Fund Development Initiatives:
- Claiming the Promise Land Go Fund Me - $5,000
- Destiny Campaign - $10,000
- Let’s Move for Destiny 5K - $2,500
- Destiny Café (twice a month) - $8,000
- Destiny Fair - $2,500 (October 2017)
- Destiny Fair - $2,500 (March 2018)
- Other Initiatives - $9,500
Tithes and Offerings will be excluded as these are additional funds that will be used for the ministry and fulfilling of the vision of Deliverance Temple.
Essence of Pearls Women's Ministry
Ashes to Beauty Women's Support and Empowerment Ministry
DZ KidZ Children's Ministry
Children of Destiny Support Ministry
Teen Night Ministry
Safe Passage Ministry
At the Wall Prayer Ministry
Circle of Life Family Ministry
Destiny Resource Ministry