City to City Europe focuses on church planting for the renewal of the cities in Europe and content resources for leaders who want to bring the power of the gospel to every part of life. We seek to catalyze and serve a Europe wide movement of leaders who create new churches, new ventures, and new expressions of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the common good.
The Apostle Paul, arguably the greatest missionary in history, had a simple, two-fold strategy as he set out to bring the gospel to the Gentile world. First, he went to the cities (cf. Acts 16:9, 12), and second, he planted churches in each city (cf. Titus 1:5 - "appoint elders in every town"). Having done that, he could say that he had "fully preached" the gospel and that his work had been accomplished (cf. Romans 15:19, 23). His assumption was that once a church was established everything necessary for the spread of the gospel would follow.
Today, research shows that new churches are the best way to reach new generations, new residents and new people groups in a city with the gospel. In fact, they are up to 6 to 10 times more effective at attracting people to the gospel than older, more established churches. Although we desperately need the existing churches to continue to grow and maintain faithful gospel ministry, if we are to reach the rapidly growing numbers of people in cities who do not know Christ, we need hundreds and thousands of new churches to be established in those cities.
For the first time in the history of the world more than 50% of the world's population lives in cities. Most leading urbanologists estimate that by 2050 the number of people living in cities will exceed 70%. The growth of cities is the missional challenge of our generation.
The Gospel in the City
The mere proliferation of churches will not necessarily change a city unless those churches are shaped inside-out by the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the starting point for everything we do. It tells us that we are more sinful than we ever dared believe, but at the same time more loved and accepted than we ever dared hope. It takes away any basis for pride, self-righteousness, or despair, and it affects not just the way we preach, but the way we view the poor, the workplace, the broader culture, and those who believe differently from ourselves. When the ministry of a church is driven by the gospel it will work for the peace and prosperity of the city (Jeremiah 29:4-7).
Nowhere do we encounter more opportunities to apply the gospel in these ways than in the city. Many modern urban dwellers face loneliness, economic hardship, social injustice, and personal and societal brokenness. The church is to serve all of these needs, including directly serving the poorest and most vulnerable populations in the city. We are dedicated to training leaders and planting churches that are committed to strengthening the influence of the gospel in the city in ways that result in spiritual growth, the flourishing of neighborhoods, reconciliation between classes and races, and the renewal of family life, education, health, and vocation.
Working for the common good also means bringing our faith into the various spheres of culture. The city is the center of business, the arts, and the public and nonprofit sectors - fields with enormous influence on the broader culture. We believe that all kinds of work, not just Christian ministry, can be used to glorify God and make the city a better place.
Growing the Movement
City to City Europe is drawing on what we have learned in New York City and other global cities over the past twenty years collaborating with a growing number of church planters and leaders around the world. We help recruit, train, coach and fund national church planters working in trans-denominational church planting networks in more than 30 cities in Europe with the hope of seeing these networks multiply churches, become self-sustaining and bring the gospel to bear on their city. For more information on our affiliated churches and networks, visit the church directory.
Please explore this website to learn more about our philosophy and movement of church planting, and to view recordings and documentation from previous CTC Europe network meetings and conferences.
City to City Europe is a trans-denominational network of urban churches and church plants committed to fostering a movement of the gospel in the cities of Europe. City to City Europe is strongly connected to Redeemer City to City.
The following values unite us:
We believe that the biblical gospel of grace is essential to the salvation and transformation of people and cultures. An ongoing experience of the Gospel is the driving force in all of life, work, and ministry.
We are committed to the city because God is committed to the city. Cities are strategic places for gospel ministry and should receive missional priority at this point in history.
We are committed to pastoring and planting contextualised, urban churches that multiply.
We believe that the Bible compels churches both to proclaim the gospel in word and to live out the gospel in deed: seeking justice, loving mercy and promoting truth and righteousness.
We aim to be a network that raises up church planters indigenous to various urban cultures, able to understand their setting, and effectively to apply the gospel to it.
City to City Europe is a fellowship of Christians who accept the revelation of the triune God given in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament and confess the faith of the Gospel therein set forth. They assert the following doctrines which they regard as crucial to the understanding of the faith, and which should issue in mutual love, practical Christian service and evangelistic concern:
The sovereignty and grace of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in creation, providence, revelation, redemption, final judgement and consummation.
The divine inspiration of Holy Scripture and its entire trustworthiness and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
The universal sinfulness and guilt of fallen humanity, making it subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the sole and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.
The justification of the sinner solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
The illuminating, regenerating, indwelling and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
The priesthood of all believers, who form the Universal Church, the body of which Christ is the head, and which is committed by His command to the proclamation of the Gospel throughout the world.
The expectation of the personal, visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ, in power and glory.
City to City Europe adopted this Statement from the European Evangelical Alliance.