In January 2016, a small group gathered in a conference room in Washington, D.C. for a meeting that would not only change many of their lives but would in time birth a ministry. This group was not drawn together because of their similarities. The group was made up of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Members were Methodist, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Church of Christ, Quaker, Four Square, Presbyterian, Pentecostal and non-denominational. The majority of the group were strangers to one another drawn together in a common desire to understand the purpose of God for their lives. As they heard revelation about the Kingdom of God and something called Work Is Worship, purpose began to be revealed.
The response to this one meeting was immediate and decisive. A commitment was made to act on the revelation they received and a Work Is Worship group began meeting every two weeks in conference rooms across the city. Work Is Worship is a powerful and practical group that is formed for, focused on, and effective at helping the Body of Christ discover their identity, purpose and gifts; specifically equipping them to advance the Kingdom of God in and through the marketplace. Lives began to change, people began coming into the Kingdom, being healed, and baptized in hotel pools. More importantly, those learning began living a life of purpose and impacting their families and colleagues. As the impact of Work Is Worship increased, so did the desire to spread the word of what God was doing in the nation’s capital.
Several events were held to expose new people to the reality of the Kingdom of God. These “Kingdom Quake” events added to the group and planted seeds of revelation in the hearts of many. It was after one of these events that God miraculously revealed His desire for a church to be planted. As prayer and preparation to plant the church was underway, it became evident that this would not be a traditional church. God intended to position us and use us in unique ways, something that became increasingly clear even before our first service as a “church”.
Our official service to launch Kingdom Life Ministries was on October 14, 2018, at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. But in response to the Holy Spirit, we gathered as a church for the first time in the U.S. Capitol. We held a service in the Senate on October 2nd and the House on October 3rd, in the midst of the battle for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We did not schedule this purposefully, as our services were confirmed on official calendars before any hearings were scheduled. Since that time, we have had 8 additional services at various locations in the U.S. Capitol.
We continued to meet in our church location near the White House until it closed in March of 2020 due to the Covid19 pandemic and protective lockdown measures. With the facility closed, we held service in front of the U.S. Capitol for 3 weeks before moving to online services during the lockdown. As things began to improve, we started gathering in homes for our first in person meetings. Then, on July 5, 2020, Kingdom Life Ministries began holding services at the St. Regis hotel on Black Lives Matter Plaza. We felt this location was a strategic assignment from the Lord. We ministered to many both in the hotel and also on the street until God released us to our new assignment. We are now meeting at the Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston and look forward to the opportunity to increase our impact on the region.