In 2015, some friends and I experienced God like never before. He became so real to us that we felt compelled to share His love with others. We began serving the homeless in Columbus, a step into another world within our world. Our eyes were opened to the fact that many people in our community are in need of the love, power, and provision that can only be found in Christ Jesus. As a result, in December 2015, we hosted our first annual Christmas on the Street (COTS) outreach event. The purpose of that event was to provide food and supplies to anyone in need. We were blessed to serve and minister to over 100 people that year. What began as an outreach opportunity became a way of life. We have seen God supply over and above what we could imagine, in order to help us serve those in need. After that first event, we knew that God was calling us to not only be the church, but to also plant a church.
Columbus is home to two million people and continues to grow every year. People who are lost and broken… some are experiencing homelessness and poverty. Some are feeling forgotten and abandoned. Some are bound by addiction, lust or greed. It is our responsibility to go into our world. City of Love Columbus exists to demonstrate the love of God to our City. Some ways that we do that are volunteering and partnering with Outreach Ministries, churches, and Missions. Also by sharing resources and donations and giving freely in order to meet people’s needs. We want to follow Jesus’ example and meet people right in the middle of their circumstances.
Jesus paraphrased all of God’s law with 2 phrases: Love God and love people. He showed us how to do that by the way that he lived and ministered. Jesus had a 3 step approach to ministry, that we want to model. He would demonstrate his love, explain to his disciples and others, then invite people to follow.
Life was not intended to be done alone, and we are called to go into the world and make disciples. We believe that it is the goodness of God that leads people to relationship with Him (Romans 2:4). The Bible says that God is Love. We exist to demonstrate what His love really looks like (1 Corinthians 13) and to invite our city to join us in loving our neighbors as ourselves.
– Phil Achhammer, Lead Pastor