The Gospel & Our Cities: A City to City North America Conference will be held on October 18-20, 2018, but we are hoping you’ll engage with this today.
Would you join us in prayer for the conference and the city of Chicago?
You never see any gospel movement without prayer that is “kingdom-centered, extraordinary, united and prevailing.
Incredible things are happening in Korea. Next month, Tim Keller will be speaking to 2,000+ people at a City to City Korea conference, held in Seoul. Read more about the creation of City to City Korea, and how they are hoping to reshape the gospel message in one of the world's most churched nations.
The Center for Faith & Work is pleased to announce the newest phase of its fifteen-year history as its staff joins Redeemer City to City and continues to serve the Redeemer churches and New York City, while over time broadening its reach to global cities.
Let’s look at how a gospel movement actually works—what we call a gospel ecosystem.
A gospel movement is when the gospel itself is rediscovered, lifted up, understood and becomes a dynamic power in lives.
On April 12-13, the Center for Faith & Work hosted a conference in NYC. Included in the conference were prayers for people working in specific professions. Below is the prayer written for those working in ministry. Please take some time this month to pray through this with our planters, pastors, and staff in mind.
Wonderful Heavenly Father,
You are sovereign and reign over all. Nations and rulers rise and fall, but you and your kingdom have no end.
Thank you for the diversity of the nations, cities and peoples around the world. We praise you for how you’ve created them in distinct ways to reveal yourself and your glory as only they can. Help us to delight in our differences and understand that you are always at work and see beyond country, color and creed.
We thank you for how you’ve called men and women around the world to be your mouthpieces. Thank you for giving them hearts to shepherd and lead, and a passion for preaching the good news of the gospel to both the lost and found. Help them stay tethered to you. Help them stay steadfast in the midst of discouragement or setbacks. Show them your radiant glory in the midst of the darkness that often surrounds them in the cities around the world.
We praise you that you have raised up and equipped so many ministries to support pastors and teachers as they endeavor to live out their calling. We recognize that Satan will do anything to stop the spreading of the gospel, and will go to any length to destroy ministries that are doing your work. Put a hedge around these ministries, Father. Protect their leaders, staff, and families, and help them stay true to their missions. Help them serve humbly and empowered by the Holy Spirit. May they not lean on their own expertise, knowledge or experience, but lean into you and the plans you have to use them for your kingdom. Make the gospel and your mercies new and real to them every morning so they are able to practice what they preach and teach.
We know that in our hearts we can plan our way, but you are the one who establishes our steps. Draw those of us in ministry close to you, Lord, so that we are able to follow in your footsteps as you direct us and our work. May we have not only a global perspective, but an eternal one. Remind us that we are but instruments in your hands and that you and you alone have prepared the work you have called us to do so that you and your name may be known and glorified.
We love you, Father, and give our lives to you to be used as you see fit. We are not our own and lay down our lives so that the world may come to know you. May the earth be filled with the knowledge of your glory as the water covers the sea.
In Christ Jesus’ name we pray.
CTC recently published its 2017 Annual Report, and you can read about how God moved through CTC around the world last year. You can also join us in praying for ministry leaders in global cities in the following ways...
For many years, there have been two factors at play in Latin America. The first is the exponential growth of the prosperity gospel. The second is the tendency for people to see the gospel as something confined to the church, as opposed to an instrument of renewal and transformation for the city.
Over the past 17 years, CTC Europe has contributed to planting more than 140 churches in 43 cities, developed a network of 300 leaders across the continent and helped create five regional sub-networks and 12 city networks. CTC Europe entered a new phase of development in 2017.
The Asia Pacific region experienced significant growth in 2017 with the number of churches planted more than doubling the number started in 2016. This is largely due to City to City Asia Pacific implementing one of CTC’s core strategies—to not just train individual church planters, but to equip and empower local church networks that have the proximity and relationships to train a far greater number of church planters.
In 2017 CTC helped establish church planting projects in Istanbul, Beirut and Tel Aviv. These are the first CTC-supported projects in these cities. Some of the greatest opportunities and challenges for church planting are in African cities. The continent is full of metropolitan cities that are among the world’s largest and fastest growing, many of which will double in size in the next 20 years.
One Sunday a couple of years ago, I found myself at Trinity Grace Church. As I returned again and again, I felt God’s presence, but I would not embrace it. Then through a small group for skeptics, I saw how I was standing on a cliff, not knowing what was ahead, and yet needing to trust the outcome and jump.