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
Hope for Racial Healing – An Interview with Pastor Harold Nash
My wife and I have been on this journey of building unity with brothers and sisters of every race since the 1980s. God has helped us to understand His teachings in the word regarding race and has allowed us to grow and apply His teachings in how we live our lives. For us, the gospel of Jesus Christ is first and foremost. If the gospel is first and foremost for us, then how we live toward others who are not the same race as we are will be influenced by the gospel of grace.
From Dream to Reality
By Jason Ancarrow, Central Arkansas Marriage Initiative Team Leader It is easy to get caught up with an idea that presents something we can both chase after and attain. Take for instance the “American Dream”. Though we see many different views on what that would actually look like today, some of the same core longings …
God’s Strategy for Impacting Violence in Little Rock
By Mary Carol Pederson, Vital Families in Schools Team Leader “No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.” Isaiah 60:8 If you are following the news at all, the recent increase in violent crime, shootings, homicides, in …
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