We’re not so much interested in building a regional church as we are in living as the church in the region.
Southern Delaware County
Southern Delaware County, or SoDelco, is our place, a region of about 30 semi-urban towns along the I-95 corridor between South Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE. Our broad vision for the region includes encouraging and supporting creative, grassroots expansion of the church into any and every corner of society through local microchurches.
Historically, God has deposited his people in places for specific reasons, with specific callings in mind. We take this matter of God-orchestrated place very seriously, believing God’s calling to a specific place comes with responsibility to represent Jesus in that place. We ask the question: If not us than who?
It’s clear that those within the region will be given even more specific calling – a calling to a specific town; a calling to a local neighborhood within that town; or a calling to a specific block or a group of homes within that town.
Along with the responsibility to a place often comes parallel gifts and talents needed to achieve the work in that place. There may also be a specific people group within the place, with specific needs or concerns with which only a handful of individuals can connect.
When our people make those connections, we want to encourage them, equip them and send them to do the work God has prepared for them to do.
Southern Delaware County is home to a dense population of hardworking, blue-collar families. There are pockets of urban blight and many poor and under-served neighborhoods. Though considered suburbs, these villages maintain a neighborhood feel consistent with the Philly vibe, each with a long history of success and strife resulting in distinct local cultures.