Downtown Fellowship consists of churches, ministries, and civic and community organizations collaborating to positively impact our downtown San Diego community with spiritual and social renewal. Together we can have a greater impact than independently. Currently 11 other downtown churches, 3 regional churches, 10 community partners, 25 ministries/service providers, and three individuals have partnered in this ministry with First Presbyterian Church of San Diego.
The Downtown Fellowship had its start in the summer of 2009. First Presbyterian Church had just launched the Reaching Downtown for Christ initiative and the Outreach Elder felt that an important initial step would be to meet with other churches who had similar efforts in the downtown area. Four people felt God’s calling to continue to meet and ask others to join.
While the Downtown Fellowship started as, and today remains first and foremost, a fellowship of churches and ministries without a specific focus, the issue of homelessness was at the forefront in the early development of the DF and still is today. Many of the current members are homeless ministries.
In January 2013, the DF Steering Committee decided to become a 501(c)(3) and hired First Pres member Bruce Menser as Executive Director. Under Bruce's leadership, the Downtown Fellowship developed a strong volunteer presence at Connections Housing and has initiated an effort to coordinate responsible homeless street outreach called Doing It Better Together.
The Downtown Fellowship is an on-ramp for church and ministry volunteers to combine service and resources for the greater good of downtown San Diego. We facilitate programs which assist the vulnerable in our community, connecting volunteer services with needs:
Connections Housing Partnership
Real Life Skills
Doing It Better Together
Other Programs, as we add them
The Downtown Fellowship also empowers and encourages its member ministries through monthly meetings, Pastor's coffees and periodic training and fellowship events.
Click here to view the Downtown Fellowship web page. You may also sign up for their newsletter and offer your financial or prayer support. FPCSD member Ben Montoya, the Outreach Elder who helped found the Downtown Fellowship, also welcomes expressions of interest in the organization. (Click here to send email to Ben.)