"Seek the welfare of the city... for in its welfare you will find your welfare." Jeremiah 29:7
Not a Bigger Church but a Better City.
Our focus is on city transformation. In some cities, there can be many churches but minimal impact. Our call is to serve the needs of the city, especially the poor and marginalized.
The following five pivotal paradigms guide us in seeking the transformation of the city.
1. The Great Commission is about discipling nations, not just people.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations… (Mt 28:19).”
2. The marketplace (which is the heart of the city) is central to God’s plan of restoration.
“[Paul] withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks (Acts 19:9-10.)
3. Work (and the workplace) is the premier expression of worship on earth.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Col 3:23).”
4. Our first call is not to build the church (Jesus promises to do that) but to proclaim the Kingdom of God.
“By the powers of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God… so from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ (Rom 15:19).”
5. The primary social indicator of transformation is the elimination of systemic poverty.
“All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along (Gal 2:10).”