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Jesus Christ Block Parties, Inc. Celebrates 10 Years of Ministry in Philadelphia

Jesus Christ Block Parties, Inc. still going strong after a decade of street evangelism.

Philadelphia, PA, May 24, 2018 --( Jesus Christ Block Parties, Inc. (JCBP), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce the 10-year anniversary of its ministry this summer.

JCBP was formed in 2009 by its founder, Shawn Lawler, an ex-con and drug addict turned Christian evangelist, as a way to take the Good News of Jesus Christ onto the streets of Philadelphia. As a weekly Bible study held in Lawler’s home grew in popularity, the idea to take the study “onto the street” soon evolved into the organization of a block party held right on Lawler’s own street in the summer of 2009. The block party offered not just free food and drinks for local neighbors, but included a Christian Bible study and worship. The event was such a success that Lawler and his friends held three more block parties that summer on different streets throughout the city, subsequently giving birth to the ministry that would become known as Jesus Christ Block Parties.

For the past ten summers, Jesus Christ block parties have grown in popularity throughout Philadelphia, as the ministry strives to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) to spread the Gospel everywhere, often partnering with a network of local churches and ministries in the neighborhoods where block parties are set up. Approximately 6-8 block parties are held each summer season and typically feature food and drinks, Christian worship and preaching, water baptisms for those who come to faith in Christ, and children’s activities including a water slide, face painting, and a special Bible study. The block party “model” is designed not just as a vehicle for street evangelism, but also as a method of community outreach, particularly for individuals in need of drug and/or alcohol recovery.

In commemoration of its 10-year anniversary, JCBP is also pleased to announce the release of Jesus Christ Block Parties: Evangelizing Step by Step, Street by Street, a book that discusses the origins of the ministry, how churches and other organizations can set up and build its own block party outreach, and the ever-growing need for Christian evangelism in the United States.

“We want to grow this ministry by teaching as many churches as we can how to evangelize and set up their own Jesus Christ block parties,” says Lawler, JCBP president. “The Gospel is for everyone, so the church needs to come out of its four walls and into the streets with the Gospel message, where it’s needed the most.”

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