Each September Redeemer City to City welcomes 12-15 church planters from strategic global cities to New York for our annual International Intensive. This four-week program is a time for church planters who are getting ready to launch new churches to spend some time away from their ministries and cities and to reflect together on how to approach them in a gospel-centered way. They also build relationships with each other for support, friendship and accountability.
This year’s class included planters from Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris, Athens, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Dubai, and Antananarivo (Madagascar). We also hosted planters from Los Angeles, Vancouver and Miami, three North American cities with particularly vibrant church planting movements.
The class was able to spend time with New York City church planters and Redeemer staff as well as participate in worship services, special events (such as a Center for Faith and Work event with Michael Gerson & Gideon Strauss), and CTC’s annual Open House.
The Open House was in many ways a culmination and a celebration of these church planters, as well as an invitation to the Redeemer congregation to find out more about our work in global cities. The event featured a display of art by local artists Kristin Spix and India Harvey and a fantastic taco stand, as well as talks by Tim Keller, Simon Murphy (a South African church planter we are partnering with in Singapore), and International Intensive participant Mez McConnell, who has already revitalized a church in the worst neighborhood in Edinburgh and is now planting several more.
You can find a full listing of churches we partner with or helped to plant at our website, redeemercitytocity.com. Please keep the International Intensive Class of ‘11 in your prayers as they return to their cities to launch their churches!