Reggie McNeal Joins GoodCities

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GoodCities is pleased to welcome Reggie McNeal as City Coach. He joins Glenn Barth who continues to serve as President. Through GoodCities, Reggie and Glenn offer leadership development through the City Impact Accelerator, City Convene, and City Coach. To welcome Reggie, email him at [email protected] To connect about leadership development email [email protected].

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Collective Impact, Church Unity, cross sector city movements, City Transformation

City Transformation through Christian Unity in Houston

Jul 31, 2015 4:36:00 PM 0 COMMENTS


Marilyn Lee has an MBA. She has all the skills a growing business would want. She has chosen to work with one of the world's largest enterprises, the church. She is investing her time in the work of the whole church taking the whole gospel to all of Houston through Loving Houston, a Christian nonprofit focused transforming Houston by helping churches serve local public schools. In the video below, Marilyn tells her story and how she has learned to follow Jesus' example of meeting people's real and felt needs and calling them to follow Him.

This 13 minute story was a part of GoodCities' City Convene Conference in Houston, TX in April, 2015. Our next City Convene Conference will be held in Cincinnati on September 21-22. Click the button below for registration information.

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Collective Impact, Church Unity

15 Ways Catalytic Events Benefit Gospel Movements

Jul 2, 2015 5:25:55 PM 0 COMMENTS

Today I leave to speak at the Gather Global Conference in London and to meet with national catalysts for city transformation movements from around the world. Before I go, I thought it would be good to share one more presentation from our recent South Central GoodCities Leadership Gathering. Below is a guest blog and video from Rebecca Walls, the Executive Director of Unite, which serves Greater Dallas. The 9 minute video below was recorded in one of our break out sessions.Edmonson Photography Gospel Movements

Whole Church. Whole Gospel. Whole City. That's a big scope!  What role do events play in that?

To be honest, while convening key leaders is one of the main functions of Unite, I don’t generally like big events. Since my mind is constantly spinning with thoughts about on-going collaboration and impact, taking time out to plan a big event feels like a distraction. But I've learned that they can play a very strategic part in our work - especially when they have a few specific components.

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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, Church Unity

A Culture of Honor in City Transformation

Mar 9, 2015 12:43:17 PM 0 COMMENTS

At our recent GoodCities Leadership Gathering in Phoenix, Pastor David Drum shared about the importance of developing a culture of honor among pastors in Tucson. This important aspect of church unity has its roots among leaders of primarily African American and Hispanic churches. In the 2:48 minute video below, Dave talks  about what he's learned and how this can be helpful in other cities as well as we pursue city transformation.Culture of Honor in City Transformation
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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships, Church Unity

City Transformation Begins with Personal Transformation

May 28, 2014 10:57:35 AM 0 COMMENTS

Personal Transformation to City Transformation

Christian unity for the purpose of serving among the poor and city transformation is reviving the church and awakening people to the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Personal transformation is at the heart of shaping good cities and it is the good news of Jesus Christ that transforms the hearts of persons. God's calling is central to gospel movements and church leadership.

Earlier this month, I was in London for the Gather Global Conference. Graham Hutchinson and I met in preparation for an interview he would be be conducting with me on stage. Graham is the founder and leader of One Voice York, a weekly pastors' prayer gathering that has been meeting for the past 15 years in York. He also serves as the pastor of Elim Pentecostal Church. However, before he engaged in either of these leadership roles, Graham was a successful chef who one day had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ and from that moment forward, he hasbeen living life with vision, hope, faith, and purpose. Most of all, I found Graham to be a man who exudes the love and light of Jesus Christ. Here's a six minute video in which he shares his story.

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Church Unity

The Arts, Job Creation, and Community Transformation in Italy

Apr 16, 2014 9:51:10 PM 0 COMMENTS

Tonight on All Things Considered, a story that demonstrates how Christians involved in the arts in the second, third, and fourth centuries were brought together with impoverished youth by The Arts and Community Transformationa visionary priest to restore both the artistic creations and prosperity of this younger generation. Christopher Livesay in his story, "Under the Streets of Naples, A Way Out for Local Kids", reports on how Don Antonio Loffredo arrived in the rough and tumble Sanita neighborhood of Naples ten years ago and "...found three levels of frescoes, chapels, and cubicles beneath the neighborhood's trash-strewn streets."

Don Loffredo began to engage the youth in their teens to help him clean out these early Christian catacombs and reveal the artistic treasures within. In the process, the youth created a thriving business that today employs forty. "Before the the full-scale makeover, roughly 5,000 visitors came per year. Now it's up to 40,000."

This is a prime example of how community transformation occurs through asset based community development. This is the missional church at its best. The outcomes in work like this move the social indicators and create good cities.The 5 minute story of community transformation combines an appreciation for the arts and job creation. Click here to listen to this compelling story.

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Community Development, Emerging Leaders, Job Creation

Emerging Leaders Launch "Initiative" A Gospel Movement in Dallas

Apr 11, 2014 11:12:00 AM 0 COMMENTS

Grant Skeldon and Edwin Robinson are two emerging generation leaders in Dallas who are working to engage folks in their late teens and early twenties in a gospel movement. Their shared goal is city transformation. Grant serves as the director of Initiative: a network of young Christians supporting a local church movement that is a part of the umbrella leadership of Unite. Initiative seeks to "connect passions, expose needs, and empower young Christians to transform Dallas with the gospel through their gifting.Two gospel movement leaders of a city transformation movement in Dallas"  There are approximately 4,800 churches in Dallas. Grant and the 24 member staff of Initiative are dreaming big. They hope to engage many young Christians from these churches in their monthly citywide meetings. (Grant and Rebbecca Walls, Executive Director of Unite are pictured on the left.)

With Grant in the 4.5 minute video below is Edwin Robinson, the Young Adults and Singles Pastor at Concord Church. They are  connecting to Christian young adults with an emphasis on strengthening their various giftings and callings. Initiative is not only young, but multicultural. Their April 28th meeting will focus on Creatives: For the City and Gospel and is being held at Concord Church in South Dallas where there is a concentration of Black and Hispanic young adults.

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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships, Church Unity, Emerging Leaders

Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders in City Transformation

Apr 4, 2014 4:52:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

City Transformation next generation Earlier this week, March 31-April 1, I had the privilege of leading the South Central GoodCities Leadership Gathering. This year it was an all Texas affair held at Antioch Community Church in Waco. We had city teams represented from Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Waco. One of the great joys for me was that over half of the leaders there were in their twenties and thirties and they were eager to learn and grow in their abilities to build effective, purposeful coalitions in their cities.

In the next few posts, I plan to highlight several of these younger leaders with videos so that others can get a sense of what is important to them and learn why they are involved in city movements. Below is a three minute video of Josh Lawson, Director of Community Engagement for Antioch Community Church.

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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, Collective Impact, Church Unity, Church and Public Schools

Evangelicals and Catholics Practice Christian Unity in Phoenix

Mar 2, 2014 8:04:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

I recently spent two days with Evangelical and Roman Catholic leaders in Phoenix to explore ways that Evangelicals and Catholics could express their oneness in Christ for the good of their city.  Mateo Calisi, President of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Communities and Fellowships, and his friend Giovanni Traettino, Leader of the Christian Community of Caserta came to Phoenix from Italy at the invitation of Joseph Tosini (see 3 minute video below.)

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Church Unity

Transforming Communities through Unity, Betrayal, Brokeness, and Grace

Jan 13, 2014 9:18:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Last week, I visited with Gary Kinnaman during my visit to Phoenix, AZ as a part of preparing for our GoodCities Leadership Gathering February 18-20 at Christ's Church in the Valley. Gary and I stayed up late one evening talking about how ministry is often painful even when it is going well. 

At one point, Gary said, "I've never been persecuted by a Muslim, an Atheist, a Mormon (I live in a largely Mormon community), but I have had lots of pain in the church." Immediately I knew that Gary and I had walked a similar path as a pastors and leaders. If we're honest with ourselves, we each know that the leadership journey involves betrayal and brokeness. (Video clip of Gary Kinnaman on next page).

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

Unlikely Partnerships: Churches and Public Schools

Jan 10, 2014 6:23:00 PM 1 COMMENTS

In the last year, church and public school partnerships have really taken off in cities all over the U.S. With the creation of the documentary Undivided (www.beundivided.com) that tells the story of the five year old partnership between Southlake Church and Roosevelt High School in Portland, OR, both churches and underperforming public schools seem to have caught the bug. 

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

City Transformation in the UK through Church Unity

Jan 9, 2014 9:48:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Gather is the name of a church unity movement in the UK led by my friend, Roger Sutton. He recently said, "We have just entered the post secular age." God has quietly been bringing Christians together in unity in the UK over the last 10 years and until Roger began to look for these leadership groups in cities, each one thought they were unique.

Roger was sent out by the Evangelical Alliance to look and see what God was doing in cities throughout Great Britain. So far, in every city he has explored, he has found a church unity movement praying for and serving the people of their city. (3 minute video of Roger Sutton further down in article.)

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

City Transformation through a Movement of Movements Approach

Dec 13, 2013 11:50:02 AM 0 COMMENTS

City movements in large cities with large numbers of Christians present unique challenges for leaders of city movements. The church is usually highly decentralized with many different approaches to ministry and worship. Each congregation and ministry are autonomous in pursuing their respective missions. One of the exciting developments in our time is that many of these groups are coming together for synergistic efforts that will impact key areas that help leaders of cities address needs and move toward a strategic vision.

On the first Friday of each month I meet with a cohort of international leaders on the Global Urban Leaders Conference Call. It is an hour filled with stories of what works in the field

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, city partnerships, Collective Impact

Building the Unity of the Church with Sam Williams

Nov 21, 2013 4:36:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

The Five Streams of Unity Movements

Nov 21, 2013 4:35:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

What is City Transformation?

Nov 21, 2013 4:28:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

 

 

 

 

In this video, Eric Swanson, Sam Williams and I talk about cities and city transformation looking at Biblical, practical, and historic indicators.

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Topics: Stages of City Transformation, Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships

The Key Role of Service with Eric Swanson

Nov 19, 2013 2:41:57 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Building Unlikely Partnerships with Sam Williams

Nov 19, 2013 2:35:57 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, city partnerships, Centered Set

Forming a Leadership Team with Sam Williams

Nov 19, 2013 2:30:03 PM 0 COMMENTS

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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

Identifying the Right Kind of Leaders

Nov 19, 2013 2:15:59 PM 0 COMMENTS

When looking for the kind of leaders needed to lead a local city movement, here are some key characteristics to look for.
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Topics: Community Transformation, Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

What is a Gospel Movement?

Nov 19, 2013 2:02:19 PM 0 COMMENTS

Kevin Palau talks about Gospel Movements. These movements are in nearly every city in North America and are actively growing in over 300 cities around the world.
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Topics: Church Leadership, Featured Video, Definitions, city partnerships

Six Stages of City Transformation video

Nov 5, 2013 4:43:00 PM 0 COMMENTS

Here's a short video produced by GospelMovements.com that describes the six stages of city transformation and how exploration took place in Modesto, CA.

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Topics: Stages of City Transformation, Exploration, Community Transformation, Church Leadership

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