From the 2016 Annual Report.
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. People are moving to cities in unimagined numbers. Churches must go everywhere the world’s people go, but there are enormous challenges to urban ministry. Redeemer City to City (CTC) is a vital part of how God is at work in the great global cities of our world.
Here’s a snapshot of how God has been working through CTC in 2016:
- 42 churches started
- 10 networks formed (four affiliate and six regional)
- 2,314 leaders trained
CTC recruits, assesses, trains, coaches and funds church planters. The networks formed this year are catalyzing church growth and increasing the body of Christ. As these networks grow and mature, they will plant more churches, develop their own leaders and connect with and reach new cities. The potential for growth is exponential.
I’m excited to welcome Steve Shackelford as our new CEO. I believe that Steve’s executive leadership experience, passion for our vision and ministry and background in local church leadership all make him the right person to guide and shape this organization as it expands — seeking out and responding to opportunities around the globe.
2016 was a good year. CTC is healthy and growing, and I’m encouraged. As you read through this report, I hope you are too.
Thank you for your commitment to this global mission. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. I look forward to working together to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ in cities around the world.
Chairman of the Board, Redeemer City to City