Fellowship Denver held our first public gathering in September 2006. But there’s quite a back-story leading up to that point.
Read on to learn about our roots, important points along the way, and where we are today.
The seed idea for Fellowship Denver is planted by God, unknown to any of the participants. Hunter Beaumont spends four summers working on a business consulting project in central Denver and becomes convinced that churches are needed in the city – especially churches that will combine a deep love for the original gospel with a willingness to engage people where they are. Meanwhile, Dave and Renee Morlan also begin pondering the idea of planting a church.
Four friends – Hunter Beaumont, Eric Taylor, Dave and Renee Morlan – are having dinner when the Morlans pitch their church plant idea. Hunter says he knows the perfect place (central Denver). This is just the right mix of vision and naïve optimism.
Spring 2003 – Summer 2005
The four friends scatter with plans to reconvene in Denver in Summer/Fall 2005. During this time, partnerships develop with Fellowship Associates and the Acts 29 Network.
They do reconvene in Denver and begin laying the groundwork for a potential church – networking, meeting, listening, praying, learning, hosting, and talking with anyone who will give them time. This includes several open forums in coffee shops and bars on Jesus and The Story of Scripture.
After 15 months of hard work, they’ve gathered 30 people who want to help start a church. They hold their first public gathering on September 16, 2006 at Space Gallery on Santa Fe. The first year proves to be “small and awkward,” but toward the end of that year, the church begins growing steadily.
Sunday worship services are moved to Colorado History Museum to accommodate the church’s growth.
Sunday worship services are moved to 1770 Sherman Street to accommodate the church’s growth.
Fellowship Denver is a healthy and growing church. Highlights include: a network of smaller communities (“fellowship groups”) throughout the city, a community of emerging young leaders, and developing ministries in mercy, justice, and the arts.