God is moving people to cities.
For the first time, the world is 50% urban. By 2050, 75% of the human race will work, worship, play, raise families, live in a city.
We believe it's so they can hear the gospel.
God designed the city to release human potential, to shelter the weak, and to compel spiritual searching. Not every Christian is called to live in a city, but everyone can help love, bless, and rebuild the city in some way.
Cities must be our missions priority.
As God moves people to cities, they are pressed together — practically, racially, economically, spiritually. In this new urbanized world it is possible to reach them all at once.
The young move to cities for opportunity and advancement.
The elites continue to guide the centers of culture and commerce.
The poor and the elderly have greater access to goods, services, and physical safety.
Immigrant groups move to cities for freedom, economic safety, and more dense ethnic community.
Cities need a new kind of church.
Cities may already have plenty of churches, but they are starved for the gospel. We believe cities need not just gospel-believing churches, but gospel-centered churches. We help start churches that combine qualities typically not found together. Only the gospel makes this possible.
New churches are a sound mission.
New churches are scriptural.
As the Christian movement grew in the book of Acts, the apostles “appointed elders in each church, and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust” (Acts 23:14). Local communities have always been the primary building block of the body of Christ.
New churches are evangelistic.
Close neighborhood connections, hunger for growth, and an openness to innovation makes them much more effective at evangelism than established churches.
New churches make new leaders.
They create opportunities for pastors and members to take risks, take ownership, and lead in their congregations and cities.
New churches are a sound investment.
New churches become self-supporting.
As churches grow, congregational giving funds the church from within and eliminates the need for outside sources.
New churches give money away.
Churches, and the leaders they develop, then start funding new work all over their city—new businesses and nonprofits, mercy and justice ministries, arts and civic initiatives.
New churches recycle capital.
Churches that receive grants from City to City commit to give those startup funds forward to new churches in their city or region.
New churches revive existing churches.
New churches try new things. By necessity, they are innovators and early adopters in ministry practices, setting the pace for the other churches in the community.
New churches are city climate-changers.
When the gospel takes root in a city:
Christian citizens serve generously all over the place.
New businesses and non-profit organizations are launched.
Believers integrate their faith with their work so that every job is a kingdom activity.
Christian leaders move into their own leadership positions in the city.
Christians and churches support and commission artists.
Influential leaders set free power, wealth, and influence for the good of those on the margins of society. They also advance ministry and start new churches.
In the long run, the city will have healthier communities with less crime and corruption, more committed families, more respect for human dignity, and more God-honoring cultural expressions.