ChristianMingle Singles Ministries
Founding Pastor Arlie Whitlow moved to Sterling, Virginia in August 1982 to begin the Community Church. The first service was held on September 14, 1982 with 35 people in attendance. There was neither a church building or any assets. There was only a dream that God would raise up a wonderful place where people could know Him and raise their families in a Godly environment. The reason Community Church exists is quite simple; God has called them to be a HOSPITALÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½a community of healing for all people. HOSPITAL stands for 8 key initiatives: Helping the Hurting. Outreach to the World. Serving our Community. Preaching the Good News. Involvement in Ministry. Teaching GodÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Word. Adoration of God. Leadership Development.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God: true, immutable, steadfast, and unchangeable 2 Timothy 3:16-17 We believe that God is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the Three are coexistent, coeternal, and equal in divine perfection 1 John 5:7 We believe that man, created in the image of God, by voluntary disobedience fell into the depths of sin and iniquity, bequeathing sin's nature and consequences to all mankind, with their accompanying loss of intended meaning and purpose Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12 We believe that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us, took our place, and with His life's blood purchased the pardon for all who believe in Him John 3:16; Titus 2:14
Located in the heart of poverty, hopelessness, and violence, The Dream Center is surrounded by gang members who actively recruit young children into lives of violence and drugs. Poverty and addictions have sent many to live on the streets. The church ministers to gang members, drug addicts, unwed mothers and children without parents, motorcycle groups, taggers, AIDS victims, and various subculture, ethnic and nationality groups. It feeds the homeless and others in need and runs a halfway house for released prisoners. Close to 500 people are housed at the center and receive rehabilitation. Many other services are offered each week to meet the spiritual and physical needs of the community. The center has been said to epitomize a quote by Tommy Barnett, pastor of the Phoenix First Assembly of God Church, "Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it."
The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is an evangelical Protestant denomination within Christianity. Founded by Rev. Albert Benjamin Simpson in 1887, the Christian & Missionary Alliance did not start off as a denomination, but rather began as two distinct parachurch organizations: The Christian Alliance which focused on the pursuit and promotion of the Higher Christian life and The Evangelical Missionary Alliance, which focused on mobilizing "consecrated" Christians in the work of foreign missionary efforts. These two groups amalgamated in 1897 to form The Christian and Missionary Alliance. It was only much later during the mid twentieth century that an official denomination was formed.