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How Connect City Is Here For You In This Time Of Crisis

We Are Here For You Personally And Also Here For Your Church
 
We Are Here For You Personally
As we journey with God through these strange days together I want you to know that Connect City is here for you. Each week our team gathers via Zoom to pray for one another and those we minister to and we would love to add you to our prayer time. If there is anything you want prayer for please do not hesitate to contact me at colin@connectministries.org and I will make sure that our team prays for you. Please be encouraged knowing that God is with all of us and is speaking to you at this very time. We are reminded in Acts 17: 28; "For in him we live and move and have our being." God is with you now, speaking to your soul. What is he saying? Listen well my friend and rejoice that Immanuel is here (Isaiah 7:14 - Immanuel means God with us). Send us your prayer needs.

We Are Here For Your Church
Churches at this time are being challenged in their ecclesiology (how to do church). Up to now most church models have been centered around the Sunday morning event (Worship Service) and have been building based. Now that Ontario is recommending that we meet in smaller gatherings of 50 or less people** (see - https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-coronavirus-monday-1.5498849 ) churches will have to learn to be innovative in how to do ministry. The good news is that crisis breeds innovation. The church has a great opportunity to learn to function along the lines of the New Testament church by meeting in smaller gatherings like in homes (The churches we read about in the New Testament that Paul planted were house church gatherings). This model has also been very effective in China and other countries that suffer persecution.  Due to the circumstances happening at this time it appears that we have no other choice but to move away from the large Sunday morning worship gathering to a smaller, relational based community. Web church can only do so much. Person to person fellowship is important.  

In light of these challenging days Connect City is here to help churches that are looking to move in a more small based communal focus. Over the years we have built our ministry on planting unique expressions of church that are:


* Focused on Jesus - Jesus is Lord of all!   
* Simple - being the body of Christ shouldn't be that complicated 
* Communal - people focused where people care for one another
* Mobile - able to meet needs quickly
* Mission - based - caring for others practically
* Affordable -  no need for expensive overhead or buildings, etc

If your church is looking for help in how to do church as they navigate these turbulent waters then let them know we are here for them. We are wiling to gather church leaders through SKYPE, ZOOM, etc to encourage and coach them as they learn to do church differently at this unique junction in time. Please feel free to contact me at colin@connectministries.org and we can set up an initial online gathering to talk about how your church can do simple, unique expressions of church and thrive in the age of corona virus. 


** Please stay updated concerning medical advice on the size of gatherings as we learn more about this contagion. Also, consider meeting in groups much smaller then fifty. Five or less can still work. You might consider going over guidelines concerning how you meet that requires not sharing food, decent social distancing, etc. One thing we are considering is meeting in small groups outdoors where we can pray and share Scripture, etc while keeping 6 - 10 feet apart for the time being. This can include doing prayer walks in the neighbourhood.  Finally, be wise in meeting with those who are elderly or have health challenges. 
WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU
Help us build leaders in our city who will lead simple churches to be beacons of light in the darkness of our urban neighbourhoods. 

Jesus said he is the light of the world and told us to shine brightly for him through him living in us;
"Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16

With your help we seek to shine the light of Jesus in our city by being the body of Christ planted throughout neighbourhoods in simple, "New Testament" type churches through hospitality, kindness & Spirit - filled love for Jesus & others. 
 
We don't have high tech programs or expensive buildings to maintain but focus on people through loving mission & nurturing relationships meeting in homes, community centers or any other place that is welcoming to people. We envision that one day we will see hundreds of simple churches spreading throughout our city as beacons of light amidst the darkness & despair that is present in far too many neighbourhoods. This is why we are serious about building young leaders to build simple inner - city churches that participate in the progress of the Gospel in government housing projects & beyond. 
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