The Philip Center launches gospel-centered churches and outreach initiatives, and there are three main areas where we focus our energy.
Summer OFF is an inner-city gospel outreach to kids in needy neighborhoods. Think of Summer OFF as a simplified kind of VBS on wheels—crafts, sports, reading, and gospel teaching.
Parks to Plants is a strategy to plant gospel-centered churches near the parks with Summer OFF programs. West End Community Church has been born out of this vision, and we hope to see many more planted in the future.
Summer OFF Export is our initiative to bring Summer OFF to other cities in the US and around the world.
All three initiatives are built around a philosophy of “gospel for you, gospel for me”. The gospel we seek to bring to others is the same gospel we need. Our park ministry, our internships, and our church planting approach is infused with a “gospel for you, gospel for me” mentality.
We believe that Summer OFF and Parks to Plants offers a special combination of caring for the poor in the inner city, training young people for a lifetime of ministry, planting urban churches, and helping existing churches invigorate their outreach efforts. And through Summer OFF Export, we would like to help you multiply the work of the gospel in your area.