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CityChurch Network is relational network of Christ-followers seeking to unite churches in the way of Christ for the wellbeing of our cities.

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About us

Imagine a Flourishing City (Isaiah 65:17-25):

Children are thriving

Economic opportunity for all 

Productive employment

Property ownership

Physical and Mental Illness have been eliminated 

 People live long productive lives

Safety and Security

Sadness and crying replaced by joy and happiness

That’s not where we are… We are all affected by the increasing pain and brokenness in our cities

Many are disillusioned because of fragmented and ineffective efforts that fail to bring significant change. But… Together We Can Build a Flourishing City. What if we could work together for significant change? What if our Community were working together with common vision, best practices, measurable outcomes, and alignment toward significant change.

That is why CityChurch Network exists. 


Building on the foundation of a twenty-year movement of prayer and serving our city, CityChurch Network is a multi-denominational, multi-ethic gospel movement uniting churches through extraordinary prayer, trained leaders, and collective impact.

Extraordinary prayer is prayer that is increasing, unceasing, and persevering. We unite churches through an annual pastor’s prayer summit, our One Voice City-wide evenings of Prayer, our Arkansas Prays 24/7 Church Prayer Initiative, and Leader Prayer Groups.

More than just leadership training, churches need trained leaders. CityChurch Network connects churches with a church-based, sustainable, and scalable approach to train their leaders.

CityChurch Network seeks to unite churches in Collective Impact Initiatives informed by research, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and focused for greater impact.

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Extraordinary prayer

Events and resources to build a thriving culture of prayer among Arkansas churches.

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Trained Leaders

Leadership – Programs and resources for Establishing and Equipping all believers for the Expansion of the Church.

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Collective Impact

Central Arkansas churches are growing by working together to bring the hope of Christ into our City’s biggest challenges.

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Providing proven, church-based, non-formal theological training for leaders

By 2025:

  • 1,000 Leaders trained through the Antioch School
  • 10,000 grass roots leaders trained in the First Principles of the Faith

Encouraging grass-roots and city-wide worship and prayer experiences

By 2025:

  • 400 leaders meeting monthly in 80 prayer groups around the metro
  • 5000 gathering semi-annually in City-wide OneVoice Concerts of Prayer

Spiritually discerning a few key areas for mobilizing churches into “greater works” that improve the wellbeing of our communities

By 2025:

  • 100 Racial Unity Champion and (developing) churches in network together
  • 100 Re:Build Champion and (developing) churches in network together
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Responding to the critical need to improve third grade reading proficiency, CityChurch Network birthed AR Kids Read in the Spring of 2012 as 65 tutors from ten churches provided the backbone of tutors that served one hour a week to help one hundred twenty 2nd and 3rd graders to improve reading proficiency in 8 elementary schools in the LRSD and NLRSD school districts.

From that initial beginning, AR Kids Read has become a community wide effort of churches, businesses and community organizations. In addition to the 25 official “partner” churches, more than 85% of the 400 tutors are connected with a local church. Serving across racial, denomination, and geographic lines, a united church is helping to transform Central Arkansas one child at a time.

Charlie Conklin

Founder/Excutive Director, AR Kids Read

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Having been a Prayer Summit participant for about 18 years, I have come to anticipate this experience as one of the highlights of my year. During this time, my association with the CityChurch Network in general, and the Prayer Summit in particular, has profoundly influenced my approach to prayer, ministry, and life.

Largely influenced by this framework, I have woven a variety of prayer practices into the fabric of my life and ministry that have set me on a much healthier, spiritually vital, Christ-dependent, and empowered trajectory.

Keith Lape

Pastor, River City Church

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A united and thriving church is the greatest hope for overcoming the biggest challenges facing a community.

Ray Williams
Pastor, CityChurch Network Founder

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I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me

— Jesus (John 17:20-21 ESV)

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