Strength to Strength had its first meeting on April 1, 2020. At this time, the Covid-19 pandemic was arriving in the United States, and the initial effects were being felt by the public. About three weeks earlier, Donald J. Trump had declared a state of emergency, and on March 14 many American churches suspended their services for the first time during this pandemic.
The coming weeks brought social distancing and masks; Zoom became a household name, and millions of people were readjusting to a life of limited social interaction.
Patrick Matthews of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, always boldly creative, organized a virtual daily meeting on Zoom. The reason? In his words, “Let us come together… reaching towards God for our stability.” He invited all his phone contacts, and on April 1 at 6:00 AM, the first meeting was held. To hear Patrick’s life testimony, click here to watch his interview by Anabaptist Perspectives.
Within a few months, Patrick felt a need to focus on his other ministries, so a team was formed to administrate the project. Strength to Strength has since adjusted its pace to meeting every other week to ensure its long-term sustainability.
We host speakers who are supportive of a Christ-centered, Kingdom-focused, Scripture-based way of life, specifically as modeled by the Anabaptist tradition. We are grateful to God for the opportunity we have been entrusted with to reach the world with the Good News of our King.
Strength to Strength is committed to advancing Jesus’ kingdom by assisting the church in earnestly contending for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. We do this by tackling thought-provoking topics, by stimulating candid discussions, and by sharing faith-building testimonies.
“It is not sufficient for the Church to attend to tactics: she must attend first to truth.”Lesslie Newbigin
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