We have to pay to keep the lights on at dcf, but more than that we desire to see lives changed through equipping the saints both in our body and outside of it. Our church is a unique: while it has a widening demographic, the majority of dcf’ers are university students who are here for a short but pivotal season of their lives. Our small church community is currently made up of about 60% college students. The latest demographics from Clemson tell us that we are in the incredible position to connect with individuals from over 40 states and at least 43 countries – what an opportunity for transformation of the world! Consequently, a continual need for external support has become part of dcf’s financial reality. Even with a frugal budget (approximately two-thirds of which comes from within our own church) about one-third of our income depends on the generosity of other friends – those who know us and believe in who we are.
As an independent, nondenominational church; the only support network dcf enjoys is the relational one, through Christ-followers who have experienced belonging with our church community and their friends/loved ones. Would you prayerfully consider how you might partner with dcf in our endeavors?
Michael shares of his experience: ‘I knew God wanted me there that first day during my freshman year. dcf has been an overwhelming, meaningful community for me the last four years. I joined a house church my freshman year and developed deep relationships there… it was incredible to have a place where I could fellowship with other believers, eat a meal not cooked in a dining hall, pray and worship together and learn from God’s Word together. After a year, God pulled me (kicking and screaming!) to help start a new house church where I became even more aware of God’s intentions for my life. Now, I am one of the leaders of that house church and love inviting people into my home as we share life together. I fully believe that God created people to be in community… and dcf and my house church are such a biblical expression to how we are meant to live the gospel together.’
As 2017 gives way to 2018, would you consider partnering with dcf through a monthly donation or year-end gift? Investing $100 per month would sponsor a college student for their time with us. Your year-end gift would go to our renovation fund to better steward our space for increased missional partnerships with our community. Our goal amount for these renovations is $10,000. The generosity of dcf alumni and friends can have a significant positive impact on the financial health of our community. As a 501(c)3 organization, we can provide a tax receipt for all donations. Giving can be done through checks, Paypal via our website, or a Venmo account (@DCFClemson). God has been faithful to dcf over many years and through many seasons! Every new year is a testament of God’s providence, provision, and purpose to and for dcf.
Thank you for considering how you might participate in the story… as we live out the gospel, the story of God and our hope.
Your co-laborers in Christ,
Josh Spoelstra, Michael Schreuder, Monica Perez
elders, downtown community fellowship
P.O. Box 808
Clemson, SC 29633