This ministry year’s theme is directly tied to the Rise vision of becoming a movement of people and churches that serve the entire city at an entirely new level. Today 5% of center city New Yorkers are part of a gospel-centered church. As we stated last spring, we want to see that number rise to 15% in the next ten years. However, it is unlikely we will ever see the church rising to this level if we each think someone else will do it. All of us have to play an active role!
The point is, we cannot grow a movement that brings long-term gospel renewal in New York City without YOU!
The “Rise Where You Are” slogan is meant to catalyze us into mission, so that we all become less consumers of ministry and more producers of ministry; to perceive ourselves as not just residents, but as being sent into the city.
What does this mean for you?
This year we are asking each of you to wrestle with the vision and specifically rise by 1) faithfully and proactively discerning God’s calling in your life and 2) actively engaging the city with the gospel in unique ways that you can concretely point to at the end of the year.
We are excited to announce that this November we will take a big step when we will introduce a new Spiritual Self-Assessment which will further equip you in discerning God’s calling in your life. The spiritual self-assessment will be a tool for thinking through where you are spiritually and what God might be calling you to do in this season. Stay tuned!