Articles on Networking and Partnerships in Urban Ministry
by Phill Butler
What could happen if more of God’s people were working together? What if churches joined together in Kingdom collaboration for their city? In this article, author Phill Butler shares some of what he has learned over the last 40 years about Networks, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances around the world. His recent book, Well Connected: Releasing Power & Restoring Hope Through Kingdom Partnerships, is full of practical principles, tools and case studies for urban pastors and community leaders who want to work together more effectively. With his permission, we have published excerpts to help us in our thinking about this important topic.
by Dr. Craig W. McMullen
“Coming Together, A Christian Youth Leadership Movement” bridged racial boundaries and united urban and suburban youth in Eastern Massachusetts in the 1990s. Now gone from the scene, the legacy of Coming Together continues in many forms as new programs emerge and as the climate of youth ministry in Boston has changed. In this article, Rev. Dr. Craig McMullen considers the rise and fall of Coming Together and discusses its implications for ministry today.
Organizations Working on
Partnering or Networking for Urban Ministry
nurtures the global “partnership movement” to help groups successfully collaborate together, especially in global mission and ministry. A new focus is raising up collaboration in the genNOW (emerging generation). The organization’s vision is to accelerate world evangelization among the neediest and most unreached by empowering the global Church’s commitment to Kingdom collaboration.
Mission America Coalition -
The Mission America Coalition (MAC) is an unprecedented Coalition of Christian leaders who have prayerfully come together to mobilize the Church for praying, caring and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in deed and word. Since its inception, leaders from 81 denominations, over 350 ministries and dozens of ministry networks have been involved in the Coalition. n recent months, we have seen the Lord's hand focusing the members, resources, and strategy of the coalition on Calling God's People Together to Love Our Communities to Christ.
As a result, Loving Our Communities to Christ
(LC2C) is now the major initiative of the Mission America Coalition. City & Community Ministries:
The Mission America Coalition has identified “Kingdom outposts” in over 700 cities where leaders have a heart to reach their city for Christ. Over the past decade, nearly 200 of those cities have grown into “city movements” representing multiple churches, ministries and community leaders meeting together on a regular basis to impact their communities. See also CityReaching.com.
- Glenn Barth leads the GoodCities initiative. Vision: Good people working together for the good of the city. Mission: To improve people's lives in neighborhoods by empowering public, private, and social collaboration.