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.
The purpose of Strength to Strength is to advance Jesus’ kingdom by tackling thought-provoking topics, by stimulating candid discussions, and by sharing faith-building testimonies.
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Kingdom Fellowship Weekend is an annual gathering in south-central Pennsylvania. It serves as a forum for Biblical edification focusing on spiritual renewal, fervent prayer, and absolute surrender to our King, Jesus.
Recordings from the August 2021 event are now available. Check out Kingdom Fellowship Weekend 2021 for recordings and much more!
The 2021 theme was “Life More Abundantly” based on these life-giving words of our King:
“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”John 10:10