City to City Asia Celebrates Official Launch

On July 5-7, church planters from ten Asian cities gathered in Hong Kong to launch a new regional network, City to City Asia.

Church planters from Tokyo to Mumbai, all affiliated in some way with Redeemer City to City, gathered together to share the joys and challenges of the churches that they have planted over the past two years. It was a wonderful time of renewing existing friendships and starting new ones. 

Through prayer and discussion, plans were made to build "gospel ecosystems" in each of the ten cities.  In order to build new leaders, each of the cities will host a "Gospel in the City" seminar within the next six months to train lay leaders and pastors from different denominations.  These two-day seminars expose leaders to core values on how the gospel changes us, the importance of cities, what churches must do to be effective in cities, and how they can work together to create a movement.

In addition, several key leaders from Asia will come to New Jersey in August for our first ever "Train the Trainer" workshop, enabling regional leaders to coach other church planters using some of the training material CTC has developed in New York, but translated and contextualized for their region. These in-depth trainings offer church planters theological resources to help them through their first few years of starting a new church. 

And finally, in July 2012, about 15 younger Asian church planters will attend the first "International Intensive" to be held on the Asian continent, from the cities of Taipei, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Upon completion of this International Intensive, these men will begin new churches with the help of dedicated coaches from City to City Asia.

A highlight of the retreat happened on the evening of July 6. Twenty Hong Kong business leaders joined the 23 church planters for dinner to hear reports on what is taking place throughout Asia. City to City Asia is intentionally partnering church planters with marketplace leaders to bring about a growth in church planting and gospel renewal in Asia’s large cities. Prayer, leadership, training, funding, coaching, and networking are a few ways to bring this about. 

Of course, none of this will be possible apart from God’s blessing. We thank God for this growing ministry and ask for your continued prayers.