Why are cities important for the advancement of the gospel? Why do cities matter?
Cities are a focal point of God’s redemptive plan throughout scripture. The storyline of the New Testatment centers around Jesus going to die in Jerusalem, the religious capital of the world, and the Apostle Paul going to die in Rome, the political capital of the world. God’s prophetic plan of redemption and re-creation will culminate with a New Jerusalem … a city! (Revelation 3:12, 21:2)
In 1800, there was only one city of more than a million people, London, the heart of the British Empire. By 1900, this had increased to 20 cities, and by 2000, to more than 400 cities. By 2025, there are expected to be between 650 and 700 cities with more than one million people (Source: Incarnational Ministry, Hiebert & Meneses, 1995, p. 258).
In 2005, there were 20 megacities in the world, each with a population exceeding 10 million (Source: Malone, Kelly. City Church: Working Together to Transform Cities). Today, seven thousand people are moving into sizeable cities every hour. This represents a new San Francisco or a new Singapore birthed every month.
There is an unprecedented movement of people back into urban centers. “If we are to connect to God’s work to reach the greatest number of people in our lifetimes, our work must be connected to cities” (Mac Pier, Disruptive Gospel, p.26)
CCU is based in the city of Santa Clarita, California – our incubator city. Santa Clarita is the 3rd largest city in Los Angeles County. Many people live and play in Santa Clarita and work in Los Angeles. Our current focus of ministry is Santa Clarita, knowing that a movement of God, there, will quickly have an influence throughout greater Los Angeles.
Los Angeles is one of six cities referred to as Global Giants. Six large, wealthy hubs with concentrations of corporate headquarters; they serve as the command and control centers for the world’s largest advanced economies – London, Los Angeles, New York, Osaka-Kobe, Paris, and Tokyo. On average, these Global Giants house 19.4 million residents. If these six cities were a single country, they would be the world’s third largest economy (Source: The Brookings Institution – Redefining Global Cities).
The mission of City Church Unite is to unite the Church to transform the city. By God’s grace CCU, along with many partner ministries, will be used as a catalyst for helping pastors and churches pursue the unity of the Body of Christ in their community:
- by building relationships of trust and casting vision
- by mobilizing believers in their city to partner in prayer
- by providing communities with a strategy for collaborative service
- by mobilizing the collective Church of the city to embrace the goal of saturating their community with the gospel of Jesus.
Is the Spirit of God igniting a desire in you to meaningfully engage your city with the transforming presence of Jesus? It begins with the collective Church of your city awakening to its essential identity and responsibility to “stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27). Become a “Champion of Unity” in your local church. Begin to sow the seeds of oneness and unity in Christ among your christian friends.
City Church Unite exists to encourage and support movements of unity. How can we serve you?
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