When you hear “urban” what comes to mind? Chances are you don’t think of vibrant church planting and leadership development movements. We tend to think of urban communities–churches included–as blighted, burned over districts, areas of concentrated poverty and struggle. On some level, those notions ring true. But, amidst the blight are shining gospel lights and activity. In this post, I want to mention two efforts you may or may not know about. In both cases, these are efforts that should provoke us to prayer and rejoicing.
From the Rebuild Initiative website: The Rebuild Initiative is a network of churches that exists to plant and replant multi-ethnic churches in the city. Through the proclamation of the gospel and incarnational ministry, these churches display the kingdom of God in the urban context. Our efforts focus on developing leaders and planting multiplying churches that make disciples in cities across the US and around the world.
From the Thriving website: Thriving, an urban resource collaborative that seeks to systematically provide sound theological training, character development and functional tools among urban leaders. The second annual Thriving Summit will be held on October 12-13, 2012 at Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA where urban church leaders and church planters nationwide plan to attend.