You may be led to give financially to the Spirit's work through River's Edge Ministries. Thank you! There are several ways you can give:
Anytime you attend a River's Edge event you may place a gift envelope into an offering basket.
Occasionally, we'll mail out a Mission Partner Card where you'll have an opportunity to make a commitment with finances, time, and talents.
(Coming Soon) Finally, you may give online to River's Edge by simply clicking the 'Donate' button below. This will take you Paypal, where you can make a secure, online donation.
Craig Moorman, who leads this new ministry, earned his B.S. from Purdue University and proceeded with graduate work at Trinity Lutheran Seminary to receive his Master of Divinity degree. He loves people and believes in the incredible worth and giftedness of every person: "I very much appreciate a line from Les Miserables: '...to love another person is to see the face of God.' It is in this encounter of unconditional love - especially as it's fully revealed in Jesus Christ - that lasting joy is found." With 25 years experience in small group development and innovative mission work, Pastor Craig is excited about this new endeavor. He and his wife, Nancy, have five children (and a bunch of farm animals!) and have lived in Mt. Airy, Maryland, for over ten years. Over the course of the past five years, Craig has been laying the foundation for the launch of this ministry which was officially birthed in October of 2010.
At the present time, River's Edge Ministries is beginning with a small group of 9 adults and 7 youth meeting at the Moorman home in Mt. Airy every Wednesday evening. This is our founding team for this new ministry. We are grateful for their extraordinary level of commitment and faithfulness. Over the course of the next few months, we will be growing this group in terms of developing a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, mobilizing each person in his/her area of spiritual giftedness, and equipping them to witness to Good News. By late next spring, we hope to birth out 1-2 new groups to expand the work of His Kingdom.
Our dream is to stand in solidarity with the Church that the Lord is building for the living of these days. Though Lutheran in denominational identity, our heart is, ultimately, directed towards the work of the Kingdom of God. At this very hour, it seems that the Lord is calling forth streams from many different backgrounds to form one River (Ezekiel 47:9), One Church, to powerfully proclaim the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ. The movement of the River will bring new life and hope to all those who receive its message. Whether Catholic/Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, or part of some other denominational or non-denominational movement, it's time to acknowledge one another's strengths and celebrate how we are more complete and effective because of our uniqueness.
At the same time, during this seemingly God-appointed moment, there is another movement being propagated throughout our land, promising unity at any cost. And it's not from the God we know in Jesus Christ. It masks itself in the name of hope and compassion and transformation...but without the cross, without costly grace. It is a "cheapened grace." This movement is a false gospel, a counterfeit, deeply rooted in secular humanism, and is quickly finding its way into the leadership of the burgeoning liberal Church. My heart breaks for those brothers and sisters who are being misled because their shepherds are silent and not speaking truth into present day issues; i.e., social justice, sexuality, the primacy and authority of the Word of God, etc.
The only viable and lasting hope for our great land-and the world-is for the various denominations to stop the nonsensical bickering within and, instead, find common ground, one with another (Romans 12:10). As the orthodox, authentic Christian Church, we believe that a Christ-centered unity can be found through our unique diversity/gifts, each contributing to the greater whole (1 Corinthians 12)-Especially when such a hope is grounded in the place of prayer. It is our fervent belief that the world is desperately waiting for a demonstration of such unity and clarity of purpose (Acts 2:47). It's time that we move beyond denominational barriers and dare to dream about being One Church and passionately pursue our common ground in Jesus Christ (The C.A.R.E. Movement), in Whom we proclaim as Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Authentic and lasting hope and change can only happen through Him. There is no other! So, this is our dream-To be smack dab in the middle of whatever the Holy Spirit is doing during these incredibly exciting and historic days.
We are a small group made up of a variety of people daring to believe that the Lord is, indeed, pouring out His Spirit for the living of these present days, blessing His Church with prophetic words and dreams and visions! (Joel 2:28, 29) Our developing missional vision is: "Calling the Church to be His Church.for such a time as this! This witness will be born out of the following Kingdom objectives:
1. Birthing small missional groups in a variety of contextual settings;
2. Partnering with existing "churches" for mission reformation and redevelopment;
3. Prototyping a regional mission base to bring rest, resources, and a greater unity to the larger Body of Christ.
On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. These historical doctrinal challenges were introduced with the following words, "Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed." And, so, the conversation began and the Reformation was born!
And now we are privileged to launch this new mission development called River's Edge Ministries. We would say, along with Luther, out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following 9.5 propositions will serve to guide our humble effort by:
1. Establishing a climate of prayer, deeply rooted in the Father's love as it is fully revealed in Jesus Christ through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:25-34; John 17);
2. Creating a culture of deep and abiding respect by outdoing "one another in showing honor" to the whole of God's creation, both great and small (Romans 8:19-23 & 12:10, 11);
3. Operating in the fire and fullness of the Spirit; i.e., His joy, spiritual gifts, restoring the five-fold ministry, etc. (John 15:7-12, 17:13; Luke 12:49, 50; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:11-14);
4. Leading in/with/under His compassionate love; i.e., especially among the poor, etc. This servant-type of leadership will flow out of a sense of brokenness and desperation for God, especially as it finds its source in a posture of resting and waiting in the Lord (Isaiah 40:29-31; Matthew 9:35-38; Deuteronomy 24:19-22);
5. Birthing small groups and reproducing other mission starts. We believe that the small group is the most effective and faithful means for growing up disciples of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8, 2:42-47; Mark 1:16-20);
6. Standing firm in Orthodox Christianity. This is not optional for our church body. Therefore, we believe in the sanctity of life from the womb to the tomb, the sacrament of marriage between a man and a woman, etc. (Psalm 139, Genesis 2);
7. Shaping happy and healthy families (nuclear, extended, blended, single-parent, etc.) by bringing encouragement and healing to wives/mothers, husbands/fathers, and children through support groups, worship gatherings, weekend retreats, etc. (Matthew 19:13-15; Ephesians 4:11);
8. Mobilizing every Christian into ministry through the priesthood of all believers as each member of this body is released in his or her passion and calling (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12:3-8);
9. Upholding the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church-the Body of Christ-His precious, unblemished Bride (including the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, Messianic Jews, immigrant African church bodies, etc.);
9.5 Serving as a revolutionary "movement" within His Church, in hope of a Spirit-driven Third Great Awakening (Matthew 25:1-14).