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
Collective impact opportunities
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 Call to Hope-Filled Action
We grieve for the family of George Floyd who was unjustly killed by a white police officer while other officers stood by. We grieve with our friends, brothers, and sisters of color who have long endured the injustice of racism that has taken the lives of their sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers. . . . We also grieve for the deep divisions in our country that have left many discouraged that any real change could be possible. Though we grieve, we have hope.
Mary Carol Pederson Joins the CityChurch Network Team
Vital Families in Schools encourages church/school partnerships seeking to serve families through family support opportunities, student mentoring, and family to family connections. We are excited to announce that Mary Carol Pederson has joined our staff team to give leadership to this Initiative.
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