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If you want to reach your city, you’ll need to step off your church property.
Not all church leaders, however, have caught this “city gene.” A phrase coined by Pastor Roger Valci who believes leaders with the city gene have an expanded vision of church. They can no longer view church as a building where sermons are preached, songs are sung, and cash foe tithing is tossed in plates (thanks, Pushpay). Church is, instead, a community of Jesus followers impacting the culture of their town and region by doing justice and proclaiming the good news in the wild, messy, lively space off church property.
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Roger caught the city gene in 2005 when he accompanied a group of pastors from his town of Fremont, California to meet with government leaders. The pastors came to ask the government: “How can the collective Church help the city?” The government leaders were skeptical about these evangelical church leaders—surprise—so instead of telling the church leaders how they could help, the government directed the pastors to the Family Resource Center. The Center is comprised of two buildings which house 40 government, independent, and faith-based non-profits. It’s a hub for those who serve on the frontlines of crisis.
During a tour of the Center, the group of pastors realized these organizations were doing the same kind of work that the Church was called to do—care for those in need. The pastors didn’t need to start a new thing. Instead they needed to become aware of a good thing already at work in their city—off their church properties.
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The pastors asked the President of the Center if they, too, could have someone office at the Center to accomplish one goal: help the organizations succeed by sending volunteers from churches directly to them. Roger Valci was nominated by the group of pastors to...
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