One Church, One Location

DCC Uptown

In early 2021, DCC Leadership took time to prayerfully discern if we were functioning as the church we wanted to be. At that time, we were located in two different neighborhoods functioning as One Church in Two Locations – our hope was that this would allow us to better serve our community and the City by connecting with neighbors in an suburban environment and within the city.

During our time of prayer, we determined we were not fully stepping into all we have been called to be as a church, and one element getting in the way of this was us gathering in, using offices in, and maintaining two buildings. Knowing neither of our facilities met all of our needs, we decided to pursue selling both existing properties and purchasing a yet to be determined third location that would better support us. We sold our Wash Park facility in fall of 2021 and purchased a building and property at Alameda and Zuni in September of 2022 with the intention of remodeling the existing building for our Worship Auditorium and building a new building on the vacant land to create a DCC Kids space, multi-purpose rooms, and office spaces.

During the fall of 2022, we were in the process of getting bids from construction companies for the work we wanted to do when Denver experienced an overwhelming amount of migrants coming to the city to seek shelter and support. We had an incredible team of volunteers, led by Project Renew, turn our property into a migrant shelter from December – January. The City of Denver was very grateful for the space and began renting our property as a continuous shelter from February through October of 2023.

Within that time, the construction numbers that came back for our vision and design of our new church home almost doubled the initial estimates that we received. We researched some opportunities to partner with day care centers and some other opportunities to try to make this a tenable option, but found that in this current market we are unable to make the Zuni property work financially.

In October, we made the tough decision to put the property back on the market in order to sell. This will allow us to be debt free while we prayerfully discern the best next steps for our community.

As we continue to step into a time of discernment, we invite our faith community to continue to be explorers alongside us to discover where and how God is moving in and through DCC. We look forward, with hope, to where God will lead our community and are grateful for the journey.

If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to our Lead Team.