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“Think Globally…Act Locally”

February 24, 2014

As we press into 2014, the city gospel movement worldwide is strong “on the radar!” What was once inspired vision, is now reality in numerous communities of Jesus followers. Increasingly, it’s my joy to connect and consult meaningfully with innovative leaders of such movements, such as Sacramento in mid-January, pictured below:


Globally…I serve on the Leadership Cabinet for “Movement Day,” an annual gathering of city practitioners in New York. Also, I coordinate a monthly internet meeting of leaders at point in such cities as London, Berlin, Pretoria, Manila, San Paulo, Beijing and Budapest. We’re sharing what the Spirit is doing in our communities, comparing models, encouraging and praying for one another. What a joy to discover and learn from others building John 17 kingdom communities.

But while this is a global phenomenon, the movement must become real locally. In my home state of Oregon, we just had the 24th annual Leaders Prayer Summits for both Lane County (Eugene & Springfield), and “Church of the Valley” (Corvallis area). We continue to simply watch for what the Spirit of God is touching, and join him. This past December, our “COV~Corvallis” team came away with fresh vision from our Pacific NW City Impact Roundtable in Portland (12th annual gathering of cities from Oregon, Washington and Idaho).

Corvallis Team @ PNW-CIR

Here are a few of Terri’s and my friends at the December Roundtable, longtime colleagues in our community co-laboring to see the big kingdom picture globally, obey the word of the Lord, and apply his will locally.

I’m getting great response to my recent book, The Practitioner’s Guide: Building City Gospel Movements, a helpful, practical “toolkit” for city or regional movement leadership teams, featured in my December blog. You can order copies direct from me: 1 for $15, 2 for $28 and $12 each for orders over 5, shipped. Simply send me your order via email (, give me your shipping address, pay through the paypal link, or I can invoice you.

So, city-reaching friend…keep thinking globally, and apply what you learn locally.

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