In the fall of 2006, a group of around 30 recent graduates of the Drake Campus Fellowship Ministry began to meet as a Bible study. Their hopes were to begin a new congregation plant of Walnut Creek Community Church that would focus on ministering to the downtown part of Des Moines, Iowa. In recent years, the downtown population has boomed with young people who work and live in the area. Many, if not most of these people, are un-churched and we made it our mission to reach them.
In February of 2007, we were given a building rent-free in the East Village, a young hip part of downtown, to meet in for Bible study and a Saturday night service. By May, we had outgrown the building and moved to a new and larger location in the heart of downtown. As the various ministries continued to grow, and people were getting saved, we began to focus on meeting the needs of the city through outreach, service projects, and volunteering for any and every downtown event that we could.
Four locations later, the Downtown Church consists of 15 Bible studies meeting in homes around the city, two weekend services, weekly prayer times, and outreach teams through the summers designed to reach out in new and creative ways. We are thankful for the growth and for the laborers as we look ahead to see what God will do in reaching the city of Des Moines.
Check out The Downtown Church: http://www.thedtc.org.