Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
The 1990s saw a fresh awareness among catalytic leaders of the need to cast vision beyond single-congregation evangelism or community impact.
This Holy Spirit perspective gave rise to a movement that continues to this day; "cityreaching."
In its infant stage, cityreaching had a "we will take our cities for God!" mindset. As the movement matured, the "for God" remained but the "taking" was replaced by "serving." Citywide actions-projects-events were often fueled by a prayer-care-share lifestyle mindset that influenced disciple-making models and impacted evangelistic training. City Impact Roundtable and Conference calls brought a diversity of leaders together for prayer and relationships as well as thought leaders and best practices.
Examples of national platforms include: Mission America Coalition, Seek God for the CIty, Movement Day, CIty Gospel Movements, Loving Our Communities for Christ, Christ Together, CIty Advance . . .
Examples of regional/local platforms include: Serve The CIty (Cedar rapids), Together (Rhode Island), Explore God Chicago, Ready Indy, Milwaukee Believes, Love INC (Fresno), El Paso for Jesus, Love Fox Valley (Illinois; Wisconsin) . . .
These initiatives have resulted in a variety of role functions, such as Coordinators, Directors, Coaches, Leader, but seldom has someone devoted their focus and energies toward facilitating.
A full-time-focus facilitator has the privilege of lifting any and potentially every congregation and organization in the region. In other words, that facilitator's task is to seed and feed but not lead.
As this river of many tributaries continues to flow, city movement champions must carry learned insights from the past as they seek Holy Spirit discernment for the future.
I invite you to consider these five "Cs" as a guide toward catalyzing a movement of movements across a community or city.
None of this is new to the community impact movement.
What would be "new" is to insert free-ranging facilitators.
No role to be consumed by. No risk to other recognized leaders.
No desire to create a new organization or compete with current initiatives.
A person fueled by a desire to lift-up the work of the Body of Christ, whether micro (a store front church), mezzo (a single-focus ministry that serves the region), or macro (big in scope and size).
Could that be you?
Add this to your prayer-list?
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