In downtown's Union Station neighborhood, a skeleton has emerged above the platforms, appearing to be a nod to the Denver International Airport tent theme. The mix of classic architecture with futuristic themes is an interesting blend and in many cases is symbolism to brand Denver as a world class city. This helps image and surface branding, but relating to the earth tones mixed with technicolor schemes there is another side of the Mile High City that no amount of shrouding can cover-up the reality.
The free shuttle on the 16th street mall transports a mix of well to do shoppers, uniformed hospitality workers, and homeless men and women of all shapes, races and preferences. There is the Dylanesque singer -songwriter banging away at his craft with the open guitar case. The smell of cheap whiskey, mixed with expensive perfume and diesel fuel, winds it's way to the riders with the sounds of sidewalk pianos; sirens and laughter fill the air like on the dock of the Staten Island Ferry in New York. A group of High School Students from all over the state are sipping Jamba Juice and Starbucks. They are in Denver at the Convention Center for All-State Choir. A group of pastors, missionaries, journalists and entrepreneurs are meeting at The Tattered Cover, talking, praying, planning and walking through the neighborhood and meeting at the abandoned Union Station.
One of the men speaks up. He says, "It is no coincidence that we meet in the middle of the past, present and future transportation centers of Denver. Here you see convergence in work, commutation, commerce, urban planning and homelessness, hunger, addictions, and all the challenges of city life. For missionaries, for church planters, for community builders and for media and journalism, truth and reality, ministry, leadership and communications meet here. Our mission is to take this convergence and mold it into a cohesive integration and train men and women to be salt and light in the midst of past and future of urban renewal." The men and women who are congregated in the old terminal, are getting it. This Train Station is a place to train men and women to minister, lead and communicate to this mix of urban dweller on the Front Range.
Five points of influence
Evangelism is the back bone to any mission field. In urban Denver the motive is always the same as it is in mountain rural Salida or the eastern plains town of Limon. The Front Range movement approach in evangelism is different in Aurora than it is in Colorado Springs and even more so than it is in Pueblo and Trinidad. There is a big difference in ministering to the loft dwellers of Lo Do than it is to the elderly living at The Barth Hotel. Although how we approach the demographics might be different in meeting needs, all of the people share the common union in the neighborhoods that they live, work and serve. "The key point is that we don't try to be all things to all people, but be the one thing all people need, and that is a Christlike Approach." That is why the group also focuses on serving special needs adults; their families and their caregivers. Another community thread is the area of media and culture.
Train Stations along the range
From Five points to Colorado Springs it is important to note that there is on-mission training stations along the Front Range in the areas of evangelism, special needs ministries, media that feeds the culture, prayer points, and community outreach and building. from North of Fort Collins to the border at Raton Pass and from the Eastern Plains and through the Mountain towns that surround the Front Range. "It has to start here before we go to all corners of the world," says one pastor. "But if you live along the Front Range and you influence New York, DC, LA and Chicago, Montreal, Toronto, London and Rome, than take that Front Range Movement and pass it on!" The Front Range Movement starts with people who influence communities through the Five points listed here. Part of the influence is training others in Front Range Community skills in those five areas.
You are the key to Research and Development
if you are reading this and you live in Connecticut, build a Train Station in your community. Focus on the Front Range Movement's Five Points of influence. Start evangelizing by loving God with all your heart and your neighbor as you would like to be loved and share His story. Ask us how to start a house church. Find out what State agencies are in your state that could use a "special church for people with special needs," then ask us to help you train and start Friendship Fellowship in your community. Create, produce and distribute media, websites, concerts and gatherings that Honor God and spread the good news in unique ways, and to report truth in everything you do. Ask us for resources, and to help train, edit and work with media professionals in your area. We will help you start Christian and Media associations in your community. Our fourth point is Prayer-point which is the planning committee to urban and rural renewal. Help us help you in organizing a prayer group of men and women who are dedicated to not making a move without consulting God. Then our fifth point is to help build community through studies, relationship building and outreach utilizing The Front Range movement as a model. As the Light Rail connects to the buses at Union Station, we dream of integration of trained missions, ministries, leaders and communicators. All aboard!
Get involved and e-mail us:
For training on evangelism: firstname.lastname@example.org
special needs ministry: email@example.com
media and culture: firstname.lastname@example.org
prayer point: email@example.com
community building: firstname.lastname@example.org