Since 2001, City to City has trained leaders to plant churches in urban centers across the world. Our focus in North America has been primarily in NYC and a handful of additional cities in the U.S. and Canada, but in April 2016, a group of church planters and City to City staff began dreaming together about a network of leaders who would work together in the cities of North America.
This dream has led to the formation of City to City North America (CTCNA), a fellowship of leaders, churches, church-planting networks and denominational groups that will give priority to helping develop movements of the gospel in 70 leading cities across the U.S. and Canada.
The cities of North America present both challenges and opportunities for the church. There is a vast array of cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, racial divisions centered around past and present injustice, immigration issues, economic disparities and an historically inadequate or even sinful response from much of the church to these issues.
True repentance, justice and reconciliation can only come through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The aspirations for this new fellowship include bringing together leaders from across denominational, network or any other dividing lines to start thousands of new churches, replant or revitalize historic churches and strength healthy churches. We are praying that through the work of the Holy Spirit we would see the beginning of the end of tribalism within the church and deep and long-lasting impact of the gospel in our cities.
On October 18-20, 2018, we would love you to join us in Chicago as CTCNA officially launches with The Gospel & Our Cities, a conference that will address issues relevant to you and your community. Focusing on the theme, “Hope for North American Cities,” thought leaders and practitioners will speak on key urban ministry topics such as justice and mercy, faith and work, church planting, church renewal and leadership development.
There will also be a focus on our host city, Chicago, a great city struggling to address the issues common to cities across the continent.
This event is designed to cast vision and encourage both lay and vocational leaders to plant or lead urban churches, address the issues of injustice and need in our cities and apply the gospel in every sphere of life.
You will hear from a diverse group of speakers including Dr. Tim Keller, Trillia Newbell, Dr. Charlie Dates, Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr., Robert Guerrero and many more. Main sessions and approximately 50 breakouts will cover a multitude of topics focused on renewal in the cities of North America.
Do you have a passion to see gospel renewal in your community? Are you seeking to understand the unique facets of urban ministry? Would you like to be inspired and equipped to work toward reconciliation in your city?
Come to Chicago to pray together, learn together and start churches together.
Al Barth is the Executive Director of City to City North America, and Susan Thorson serves the organization as a writer and editor.