Research continues to confirm that family brokenness, education, and racial inequality are big issues facing our cities. CityChurch Network is seeking to unite churches in initiatives informed by research, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and focused for greater impact.
Together we can build a flourishing community
Jesus said, ‘Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.’ — Matthew 5:16
Healthy families are vital for a flourishing community and the Church is God’s plan for developing healthy families. The Vital Families Initiative seeks to empower churches to strengthen families in churches, in schools, and in life-rebuilding places.
Vital Families in Churches encourages and assists church leaders in developing vision and strategy, identifying proven resources, and coaching leaders to strengthen marriage, men’s, women’s, and parenting ministries in their church.
Vital Families in Schools encourages church/school partnerships seeking to serve families through: family support opportunities, student mentoring, family to family connection
Vital Families in Life ReBuilding encourage churches to partner with community-based non-profits by providing extended family support for those who are coming out of traumatic life experiences such as generational poverty, an unexpected pregnancy, getting out of prison, aging out of foster care, etc. Life Rebuilding happens best in a spiritual community that is providing both training and support in life skills, work skills, and faith development.
Central Arkansas Marriage Initiative
Our dream of igniting a church-led movement for healthy marriages is now actively helping churches strengthen their marriage ministries.
Pastors, leaders, couples, and professional counselors are helping churches advocate for the social, spiritual, and economic values of Biblical marriage.
Race Under Grace
The greatest hope for racial unity is the love, peace and hope of Jesus Christ. Still, progress requires intentionality—a Christ–centered call to action.
Pastors and leaders are being trained and leading their congregations through a Biblically based journey to embrace the beauty of racial unity.
Collective impact blog posts
A Time to Remember
“I could feel my heart pounding in my chest; every other sound was drowned out by shouting people around me. I felt the car moving and looked up to see the hands and faces of people against our windshield as members of the mob grabbled for the car, hoping to stop it and have their way …
Vital Families in Schools: Providing the Resource of RELATIONSHIP
Pictured: Pastor Sandra Tracy, Mary Grace Harper, and Doug Kramer at the Java Creek coffee shop inside Otter Creek Assembly of God Church. All proceeds go toward providing resources through school partnerships and other missions outreaches. The Vital Families in Schools Initiative is about churches partnering with schools to strengthen families through moving from a …
“Will You Pray for My Grandma?”
Vital Families in Schools: Churches Plan for “Prayer Walks” Around Schools and Surrounding Neighborhoods Before School Starts By: Mary Carol Pederson Pastor Greg Ferguson and Larry Daniel have been a part of a team leading a powerful, long-term Prayer Walk initiative at First LR, a campus of First NLR Assembly of God Church. “We have …
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
— Jeremiah 29:7