New York, New York
Last week I attended the 10-City Covenant meeting in New York City. Teams from 6 of the 10-most-populated cities in America were present as well as teams from Atlanta, Boston, Denver and Portland. These teams believe God is leading them to be catalysts for planting missional communities in all the sectors of their cities. The active presence, through these believers, of the lordship and leadership of Christ in these sectors will restore God's shalom to the city. What does all that mean?
- A catalyst is someone or something that causes activity or change.
- A missional community is "a reproducing community of authentic disciples being equipped as missionaries sent by God to live and proclaim His Kingdom in their world" (see Milfred Minatrea, Missional Church Center).
- City sectors are distinct areas or activities of a city. Examples of typical sectors in a city are government, religious, business, education, and non-profit.
- Shalom's meaning is rooted in God's fulfillment of His covenant to His people through Jesus Christ. Shalom connotes the complete well-being of a society and of a people who are rightly related to God. Shalom is God's peace, not merely the lack of war or conflict.
As Christians live as missionaries in the sectors in which God places them, His shalom grows. The growing shalom of one sector catalyzes shalom in others. The result is a city transformed; God's kingdom evident "on earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
Manhattan Christians have been praying about and practicing this cross-sector missional model for the past 25 years. Mac Pier, president of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York and the New York City Leadership Center, and Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church, are two of the key leaders in this movement. In our meeting last week, Mac reported that in the last 25 years, the number of Christians residing in Manhattan has increased dramatically.
How would Dallas be changed if the number of Christ-followers in our city dramatically increased in the next quarter century? Join me in prayer for God's shalom to transform our city.
What do you think shalom in Dallas looks like? Leave a comment.