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Welcome to CityReaching.com!

CITYREACHING.COM is the official website for Mission America Coalition's City & Community Ministries where you will discover:
Collaboration > Webinars > Conferences > Thought Leaders > Meeting Needs > City Newsletters & more! It's also the ministry that produces the news curation for this Scoopit! site. 

>> VISIT US NOW AT: www.cityreaching.com
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The New England City Forum 2016

The New England City Forum 2016 | CityReaching | Scoop.it

May 19th, 2016 // 9am-4:30pm // Connecticut Convention Center // Free Event

About the New England City Forum:
    Diverse leadership teams from key New England cities will gather for a one-day forum prior to Vision New England’s Go Conference in Hartford, CT.     

    Our objective is to discover what God is doing in our cities, to learn from one another, and to discern how we can best cooperate with God’s work in the city we serve. The forum is free to attend and lunch is included.
    Program Elements Include: Presentations from four cities, including how God is at work, challenges and opportunities as well as key learnings
    Emphasis on (and plenty of time for) dialogue with your city team
    Developing inter-city and intra-city relationships
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MTN WEBINAR: City Reaching Best Practices ~ May 2016

"Hear from Jennifer Lester, Executive Director of ServeOK. ServeOK is a city-reaching organization in Oklahoma City, OK that serves as a bridge to connect the Christian community with needs in central Oklahoma. Join us as Jennifer shares how ServeOK has implemented MTN to unite their city in service. We will also be demonstrating the new MTN Volunteer Management features and newly formatted website." >> CLICK the title to begin!

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PODCAST: Staying Power ~ A conversation on sustainability in Christian leadership

PODCAST: Staying Power ~ A conversation on sustainability in Christian leadership | CityReaching | Scoop.it
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PACIFIC NW City Advance ~ Dec. 5 & 6, 2016

PACIFIC NW City Advance ~ Dec. 5 & 6, 2016 | CityReaching | Scoop.it
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PODCAST: Insights from the Orlando Cityreaching Strategy

PODCAST: Insights from the Orlando Cityreaching Strategy | CityReaching | Scoop.it
>> CLICK the title for the link to this month's podcast! 
>> To learn more about Vision Orlando go to: http://www.visionorlando.org/
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City Prayer Movement Resources

City Prayer Movement Resources | CityReaching | Scoop.it
Unite in prayer for your city! 
> Imagine a prayed-for city, with systematic prayer walks, strategic and missional prayer mapping, with tactical prayer deployment. 
> Imagine city/county leaders prayed for. 
> Imagine every school adopted for prayer. 
> Imagine stronger churches praying for smaller churches, suburban and inner city churches partnered in prayer. 
> Imagine identified, trained and teamed, directed and debriefed intercessors. 
> Imagine seamless, year-round, 24-7 prayer processes and a strategy to mobilize prayer in and for the whole community. 
Be resourced to implement this initiative in your city!
>> CLICK the following link to find city-wide prayer mobilization resources by Alive Ministries: 
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SERVE WHITTIER / APRIL 23-24 ~ Demonstrating Kindness ~ Meeting Needs ~ Impacting Lives

SERVE WHITTIER / APRIL 23-24 ~ Demonstrating Kindness ~ Meeting Needs ~ Impacting Lives | CityReaching | Scoop.it

"Serve Weekend is an annual event when churches from all throughout Whittier unite together to share the love of God to our neighbors and community through intentional acts of kindness. We attempt to meet the tangible needs of our neighbors, community, and city by conducting service projects and outreaches simultaneously throughout Whittier. For the past ten years, over 30 churches have participated in such projects as free oil changes for single moms, park cleanup, graffiti removal, painting, homeless care kits, recovery home remodels, blood drives, food drives, just to name a few. We encourage everyone to get out into the community and ask the Lord where He might be leading you to serve. No project is too large or too small.
    Serve Weekend is April 23-24, 2016. To conclude the weekend, you are personally invited to join us on the evening of April 24th at 5:00 PM for worship in the park!" >> CLICK the title to learn more!


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How To Do Relevant Missions in Your City

How To Do Relevant Missions in Your City | CityReaching | Scoop.it

Living life on mission means recognizing and leveraging the opportunities that we have on a daily basis for the purpose of making the gospel known. You can begin in your own city! The Lord has placed each of us on a particular street for a distinct season. >> CLICK the title to read the entire post!

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MISSION BIRMINGHAM: March News

MISSION BIRMINGHAM: March News | CityReaching | Scoop.it
This month's e-news includes:
> A Marriage Resource and a Prayer Initiative (or two) 
> Utilize an Effective Tool for Marriages 
>  Pray for Every Home in Our Area - As One 
> Pray for Alabama - Decision America Tour
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RESET LA: March 11 & 12 ~ Mott Auditorium, Pasadena

RESET LA: March 11 & 12 ~ Mott Auditorium, Pasadena | CityReaching | Scoop.it

We believe a reset starts with prayer. Whatever RESET you need, whether it is individual or corporate in nature;We believe that Jesus changes everything. We are inviting you to join us as we seek the face of God in two days of worship, teaching, and prayer as we gather united around Jesus praying for a RESET in LA.
RESET Movement: This is not about an event, an organization, a band, or a speaker… RESET is a movement made of a coalition of people sharing the message of hope Jesus brings. >> CLICK the title to learn more!


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VIDEO: Jorge Perez ~ The Boundless Compassion of Kinship

VIDEO: Jorge Perez ~ The Boundless Compassion of Kinship | CityReaching | Scoop.it
When Cain asked God, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
God's resounding answer was "Yes" because he is your brother."
   Am I my city's keeper? The resounding answer is "Yes", because it is my city 
    At the core of being human is   that we have a "kinship" that can not be denied or dismissed.  
   Every man, woman and child in our city is "kin" to us. 
   Because of this kinship we have not been called to only create social services but to create community as well. 
>> WATCH the entire message here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=03vLYc9uSxA
Referred by City Ministry Network, BOX 4983, Modesto CA 95352
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MARCH PODCAST: "Effective Local Outreach" 

MARCH PODCAST: "Effective Local Outreach"  | CityReaching | Scoop.it
"Hear the amazing journey of how Perimeter Church in the Atlanta area has built successful relationships with local organizations, other churches, and ministries, to give their members a variety of opportunities to serve in the community.
    Debra Potter, Director of Community Outreach, will be sharing how Meet The Need is enabling Perimeter Church to connect with the community like never before (through their partners, small group leaders, serving events, etc.). Hear how you can build a similar structure and strengthen relationships in your community."  
>> CLICK the following link to listen now: https://youtu.be/hhHjdMW8CEc
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RHODE ISLAND: Together Conference - Oct. 21-22, 2016

RHODE ISLAND: Together Conference - Oct. 21-22, 2016 | CityReaching | Scoop.it
This event is for the WHOLE body of Christ and its leaders from a broad constituency of denominations, ethnicities, and ministry approaches in the greater RI area. We will gather, worship, pray, learn and be encouraged, inspired, and equipped for evangelism.

Two Events : One Conference FRIDAY NIGHT: Worship & Prayer with evangelist Luis Palau SATURDAY: Break Out Sessions For Leaders & Pastors To Help Advance The Gospel!

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DIASPORA: Muslims in Metro New York (Part 9) – Bookends of the Muslim World

DIASPORA: Muslims in Metro New York (Part 9) – Bookends of the Muslim World | CityReaching | Scoop.it
By Brad Wall
When Islam spread rapidly after the death of Mohammed it spread both west and east. Today, the Islamic world spreads like a belt from West Africa all the way to Southeast Asia. These bookends of the Muslim world, however, do not view their constituents as fringe Muslims. Timbuktu, Mali in West Africa, analogous to many as a remote part of the earth that may not exist, is a city that hosted an Islamic university predating Oxford and Cambridge. Indonesia, with its myriad of peoples and islands, boasts the largest Muslim population of any country in the world. Today, these bookends have launched significant communities into Metro New York. I have even met people from Timbuktu in Harlem! >> CLICK on the title to read the entire post.

* NOTE: The previous eight entries on "Muslims in Metro New York" can be found directly after Part 9.
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NY CITYSERVE: Loving Our Neighbor Day Report

NY CITYSERVE: Loving Our Neighbor Day Report | CityReaching | Scoop.it
On April 16th NY CityServe had our Second Annual Loving Our Neighbor Service Day. Over 70 volunteers from Nyack College, Liberty City, YUCA, United Church of Jesus Christ, members of the community and students from the local schools came together to begin the preparation for the murals of 6 schools throughout Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. In the Bronx we mobilized volunteers in Longwood to beautify P.S 333 & 335, and in East Tremont volunteers served at P.S 236. In Brooklyn volunteers served in Park Slop to beautify P.S 104 and in Bay Ridge P.S 127. Volunteers also came together in Far Rockaway, Queens to beautify P.S 42. Collectively 6 schools and 3,480 students were impacted by their volunteer efforts.

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MEET THE NEED: April 2016 Webinar - International Missions

Hear how you can easily mobilize your members/volunteers to serve not only across the street but around the world through your Meet The Need platform. See how you can take further advantage of our missions module to connect more members to the direct volunteer and resource needs of your missionaries and missions trips. We will dive into best practices related to the following: 

 > Empowering trip leaders to manage their volunteers and needs 

 > Posting missions trip needs for goods and volunteers 

 > Tracking missionary needs and activity 

 > Reporting of missions activity 

 > Displaying missions needs on your website 

 > Sharing missions needs (email, newsletter, social media, etc)


>> CLICK on the title to watch now!

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MANUAL: Peoples Next Door North Carolina

MANUAL: Peoples Next Door North Carolina | CityReaching | Scoop.it
By Caleb Bridges
"(This) manual is a continuation of the principles represented in the Peoples Next Door: A Primer for Discovery and Engagement written by Keelan Cook, with the Urban Resource Initiative at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. The primer casts vision, provides philosophy and presents general principles to the Church for discovering and engaging people group communities in urban centers in North America. The Manual answers the question of how a church might actually go about the process of discovery and engagement from start to finish. The hope is that these two documents might be used both independent of one another and as a series with the manual in succession of the prime" >> To find the manual online go to: http://www.ncbaptist.org/fileadmin/home/missions/peoples-next-door-nc/resources/2015/pdfs/files/manual_web.pdf
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AZUSA NOW 2016 Sets the Stage for Historic Gathering with Major Gains in Momentum and Support

AZUSA NOW 2016 Sets the Stage for Historic Gathering with Major Gains in Momentum and Support | CityReaching | Scoop.it

By Dan Wooding, Founder, ASSIST NEWS SERVICE

    According to a news release, this collaborative effort of church leaders and organizations sharing a message of unity, prayer and the breaking down of racial barriers has led to the participation of over 900 churches, along with dozens of partner ministries ... Pre-registration has now reached more than 50,000 attendees with thousands more who have been registering each week. Registration to attend is free but required. 

    According to Rachel L. Holden, CEO of the host ministry TheCall, “We feel we are in a historic moment for the body of Christ to gather in unity together. This amount of engagement is very encouraging. To our knowledge, the last time the Los Angeles Coliseum was filled to overflow for a gathering of this type was the Billy Graham Crusade on September 8, 1963 with a record attendance of 134,256. We are looking at contingency plans if overflow is needed.”            

    Azusa Now will also be seen by millions around the world as it will be televised live on the day of the event by God TV and other media, as well as live streamed via the Internet."

>> CLICK the title to read the entire post.

>> To register for AZUSA NOW 2016, see: http://www.thecall.com/azusa

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Urban Ministry Conference

Urban Ministry Conference | CityReaching | Scoop.it


Where: Frontier Ventures & William Carey International University, Pasadena, CA

April 15th and 16th, 2016

Friday, 9am–8pm Saturday, 9am–12 pm

We are presenting leading global thinkers and practitioners on:

• Current urban ministry undertakings happening on a global scale

• Development of blueprints for a local urban ministry initiative

Join some of the world’s leading thinkers AND practitioners in hearing about the present status of Urban ministry on a global scale. Participate in exploring how Urban ministry can be an effective strategy for reaching the most difficult places on earth with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

[For Angelenos, Saturday's sessions include: Local Urban Ministry Panel Discussion & Next Steps in Los Angeles by Doug & Judy Hall ]

 >> CLICK the title to learn more and to register!


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PRISION MINISTRY: Why Going to Prison Is the Highlight of My Week

PRISION MINISTRY: Why Going to Prison Is the Highlight of My Week | CityReaching | Scoop.it

Two days a week I enter a nearby state prison. I pass through a metal detector, three sets of electric gates, and the interior chain-link and razor-wire fence. 

     I watch as the inmates emerge from their dorms after the morning head count, staying single-file between painted lines. 

     Medically able inmates head to jobs in the laundry, kitchen, or doing prison maintenance. Some are assigned vocational or educational classes, substance abuse, or behavioral programs about parenting or anger management. 

     And then there are the chapel programs. Prisoners file into the chapel where Promise Keepers praise music plays in the background. They are here to watch this week’s session of Stepping Up, a 10-week video series on courageous biblical manhood. The video is produced by FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru.

    As the video ends, the men break up into discussion groups. Sometimes there are 50 men present, sometimes 20, but those who come are riveted to the men on screen, talking about what it means to be a good father and husband, and a godly leader.

    Prison isn’t a safe place for men to be vulnerable. Inmates keep their guard up. Trust comes slowly, especially for those inside for the first time. And yet our discussions are characterized by men sharing stories of painful lives and challenging backgrounds. Many of the concepts communicated in Stepping Up are new to them, but they resonate immediately. >> CLICK the title to read the entire post.

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NEIGHBORING: Why it is imperative that we love our neighbors

NEIGHBORING: Why it is imperative that we love our neighbors | CityReaching | Scoop.it
By Paul Haroutunian, Loving our Neighbors Program Director 
"Alan Doswald and I just returned from a very encouraging conference on Loving Your Neighbors, called the Neighborhood Collective, in Colorado the last week of February. We learned some very encouraging and challenging things about neighboring. 
• It’s simple, but it’s not easy. 
• It’s exciting, but messy 
• It’s very effective, but it takes time 
• It may be the best way to reach a world that is generally not interested in coming to church. 
• It is something that everyone can be involved in – we all have neighbors. 
• It is one of the basic commands of Jesus ... “ to love our neighbor as ourselves.”
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PRAYER-CARE-SHARE: Data-driven strategy focuses on prayer, evangelism

PRAYER-CARE-SHARE: Data-driven strategy focuses on prayer, evangelism | CityReaching | Scoop.it
McKINNEY, Texas (BP) -- Pastor Louis Rosenthal sits at his desk, praying through a list of one hundred names from his neighborhood in McKinney, Texas. He had printed the list from Pray4EveryHome.com, a tool his congregation uses to pray specifically -- by name -- for all their neighbors. 
     Pray4EveryHome's technology allows a church member to better understand her community and even pray by name for neighbors she has yet to meet. Afterward, Pastor Louis makes a lunchtime run to the store. As he stands in the checkout line, he notices a woman nearby is crying softly. Pastor Louis asks if he can help. After a few moments' earnest conversation, he leads the woman to faith in Christ. As Pastor Louis heads back to his office, he is praising God for the unexpected "divine appointment." 
     Along the way, however, the woman's name keeps bobbing around in his head. Why is it so familiar? 
     When he gets back to his desk, he realizes: She was one of the one hundred people for whom he had just been praying. 
     Stories like this are surfacing continually in McKinney, ever since Collin Baptist Association launched the Pray4EveryHome (P4EH) tool two years ago, said Vince Smith, the association's director of missions. >> CLICK on the title to read the entire post.
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PLENARY VIDEOS: LOVE 2020 Summit / Long Beach via YouTube

PLENARY VIDEOS: LOVE 2020 Summit / Long Beach via YouTube | CityReaching | Scoop.it
If you missed this year's leadership summit you missed what many felt was the best yet. But you still have an opportunity to listen in to our plenary speakers.
    CLICK the title to find the Long Beach Summit Playlist. Watch, enjoy and pass them on via Facebook, Twitter, e-news, etc.!
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FRONTLINE MINISTRIES: First-Ever India City Advance

FRONTLINE MINISTRIES: First-Ever India City Advance | CityReaching | Scoop.it
By Tom White
"Colleague Bill Berry and I were in Mumbai Feb 16-18 for the first-ever India City Advance, a consultation of 29 city movements across the nation. Stories abounded of God's work transforming lives where Jesus' Body works in unity: 1) bringing broken women out of sex trade slavery to safe houses, getting them healed, giving them skills to build new lives, 2) giving slum children educational opportunities, 3) Christian business leaders reaching a new emerging middle class, 4) presentation of the gospel message citywide, 5) creative millenials reaching their generation through social media and the arts." >> READ MORE here: http://cityreaching.com/images/File/THOUGHT%20LEADERS/Frontline%20MinistriesMARCH2016.pdf
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