The International Church Planting Intensive has been Redeemer City to City’s (CTC’s) foundational training for nine years. The Intensive was originally held only in NYC, but in 2012 it became clear that the demand for this unique, month-long crash course in church planting was needed in the major cities of Asia Pacific.
Eighty network leaders representing 41 global cities and 26 countries met in NYC from March 7-9. A network is formed when leaders from the same city, region or even country develop relationships and formally decide to work together to plant churches and reach their geographical area with the gospel. NLF is a gathering of these network leaders.
I am humbled and yet confident that God has called me to lead this organization and fantastic team for this strategic time of opportunity and growth.
When Kathy and I moved to New York City to plant Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 1989, we never imagined we’d be a part of a global gospel movement.
We met Caro in the first small group held at Fuente de Redención Church in Mexico City. Caro came with a friend, and she came hurting. Her husband’s unfaithfulness had led to their divorce, and many struggles continued between them as he had taken property that was hers. Caro never expected to experience this kind of family heartache. She was angry with God.
Lawson Pedigo is a lawyer from Dallas. He was introduced to Redeemer City to City (CTC) by a friend who invited him to HUB Weekend in New York City in 2014. While at HUB Weekend, he met Stephen Murray who was planting Hope City in Cape Town, South Africa. As soon as Lawson heard CTC’s mission articulated, he became a faithful and enthusiastic supporter.
City to City India | City to City Korea |City to City Taiwan | Grace Church Planting Network, Japan
Name Withheld, Bangalore | Covenant City Church, Jakarta | Mustard Seed, Kobe | Name Withheld, Kuala Lumpur | [email protected], Kuala Lumpur | Name Withheld, New Delhi | Uiwang Seoksu Presbyterian Church, Seoul | Joshua Tree, Sydney |
13 Churches (Assisted by China Partnership, a partner of City to City Asia Pacific)
Resurrection Church, Brooklyn | Grace Tabernacle Church, Bronx | Crossroads Community Church, Jersey City | Hope Church, Long Island | Church of the Living Hope, Manhattan | Trinity Heights Church, Manhattan | C3 Church, Manhattan | Ethnos Community Church, New Brunswick | CityReach Church, Queens | Hope Church, Queens | The Community of Grace, Queens
On October 28-30 a Gospel in the City event, hosted by local church planters and network leaders, was held in Kiev, Ukraine. Nearly 150 leaders from seventeen of the twenty-four regions of the country were in attendance. The group was highly trans-denominational reflecting the diverse and unique relationships that City to City believes are vital to developing robust and healthy church planting networks. Gathering such a diverse group of leaders is unique for Ukraine. One participant reflected, “I’ve never seen a conference in Ukraine where so many people from different denominations gathered together yet with so much unity around the gospel.”
On October 15 Redeemer City to City welcomed 23 church planters and trainers to this year’s International Intensive in New York City. Of these 23 planters, eight were able to bring their spouses, and two couples brought their children. Church planting couples that attend training together have the clearest vision as they enter ministry. What a delight to see these families together, to get to know their kids, and to watch these couples be encouraged and strengthened by this training.
In May we participated with Redeemer City to City to initiate a network for church planting in Lima. Forty pastors attended the event. As a result there is now a network of eight churches working together to plant churches in the city of Lima. This network, the Lima Initiative, is about the multiplication of dynamic churches for the redemption of lives and the transformation of communities.
I am delighted to announce that Redeemer City to City has announced its new CEO. Steve Shackelford will join CTC as CEO on February 1, 2017.