Union, Conferences Plan Urban Outreach
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The world’s cities present a formidable challenge for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and it is expected that 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. The Mission to the Cities initiative is the church’s five-year plan to take the gospel to the world’s great urban centers. The initiative includes the efforts of the eight unions across the United States to focus on a city in their region in 2015.
The Columbia Union Conference will participate by partnering with three of its eight conferences—Allegheny East, Chesapeake and Potomac—to share the love of Jesus and the hope of His soon return to people in the Baltimore-Washington metroplex through their 2015 initiative Living With Hope. This metropolitan area of approximately 10 million people is the global center of political influence. It is also the fourth largest marketplace in America. Living With Hope launches April 11 and is a wholistic approach that will include a variety of community events, seminars, small groups and reaping events.
“If we hope to impact the world with the gospel in the 21st century, the great cities like Baltimore and Washington, D.C., will be its launching pad,” says Frank Bondurant (pictured), vice president for Ministries Development and organizer of the event. “I am certain that each of our churches in the Baltimore and Washington area will want to be a part of this unprecedented evangelistic outreach project.”
For more information, visit hopeinprophecy.org/evangelism/.