San Diego Downtown Fellowship of Churches and Ministries
Ben Montoya and Bruce Menser
The San Diego Downtown Fellowship of Churches and Ministries (DF) is a faith-based collaborative engaged with San Diego’s downtown community for the spiritual and social renewal of our city. Their particular focus on homelessness led them to initiate a collaborative approach for street outreach (“Doing It Better Together”); to become an onsite partner at the Connections Housing project at 6th and A Streets; and to emphasize companioning relationships as people transition off the streets. DF comprises over 40 churches, ministries, and community organizations working together and praying for each other in shared compassion for all the residents of our city.
We asked Ben these questions to help describe the ministry.
What is your organization’s vision for ministry?
Vision: The Church and the community in partnership for the spiritual and
social renewal of downtown San Diego.
With the guidance and support of scripture, the Holy Spirit, and prayer, we
do this by:
Collaboration: Churches, ministries, residents, businesses, civic leaders, and
agencies concerned for the welfare of the community.
Advocacy: Bringing to bear the collective voice of our members and partners
to correct injustices where they exist.
Relationships: Meaningful, long-lasting relationships with spiritual well-
being the priority. Deploying Resources through ministry network/
Empowerment: Training, educating, resourcing, and encouraging our
members and volunteers in ministry and service.
The DF is not the church. The DF is not a social service. The DF is an extension
of the Church’s local mission and supports the Church and its ministries. The DF
provides a vehicle where:
• Churches and ministries can collaborate in unity to serve the community
• The Word can be shared in relationships with the community, including
the most vulnerable
• Churches and ministries are supported in their mission with prayer and
Describe the focus of your ministry – the past year’s activities and goals for the coming year.
Please see our most recent newsletter here.
Also go to our website (above) for information and photos.
How can FPCSD better serve and equip you and your ministries as your partner?
FPCSD already provides a great deal of support to Downtown Fellowship and
we are very grateful. FPCSD provides financial support as well as the use of
facilities for monthly meetings and board and staff meetings. Prayer for our
ministry is always welcome.
There are always volunteer opportunities that can be shared with the congregation:
Mentorship- individuals who are willing to mentor an individual who is in
transition out of homelessness and into a home.
Serving Together at the Bridge Tents- the city of San Diego has recently
installed tents to help transition the homeless into homes. Downtown
Fellowship serves dinners on Thursdays at the Alpha tent and will add
additional nights as more volunteers are available.
Quarterly Clean Up Days- In Feb, May, Aug, and Nov on the 2 nd Saturday of
the month volunteers do a clean-up of downtown San Diego for the purpose
of blessing the community, fellowshipping with other believers and non-
believers and possibly interacting with the homeless.
Advocacy- Downtown Fellowship has representatives attend downtown
community meetings to get to know downtown residents and businesses
while representing the faith community on issues like homelessness.
Fellowship Meetings- anyone can attend our monthly meetings where
community and ministry leaders speak on subjects like homelessness, human
trafficking and high-risk youth.
For wisdom for Downtown Fellowship and San Diego County in addressing the complex problem of homelessness.
For the Lord to work in the lives of people on the streets as they struggle to take positive steps to get off the streets.
Wisdom for DF, as they work together as a collaborative to advocate in the community and with County leaders toward solutions to help people who live on the streets.